Preserving post-WW2 interior design traditions. Quiosq leads the new European Revintage project

Fairly recent European interiors are rapidly disappearing due to fashion-driven rigorous renewal driven by globalization and a lacking sense of cultural continuity. This is especially true for interiors of the post-WW2 period, in particular the 1970s and 1980s. Not only does this threaten a sense of local ‘belonging’, but it also conflicts with a sound use of resources and an increasing awareness of sustainability.

We have just been informed that funding for our Erasmus Plus project proposal Revintage, submitted by Quiosq has been approved. Revintage aims to understand the dynamics of 1970s and 1980s European interiors by looking into local case studies, uncovering a network of local stakeholders, and identifying practices of care and destruction that impact a part of our daily life and communicating this to an interested group of learners on VET level.

We will be looking into aspects of design, but most of all we focus on recognizability, use, a sense of belonging and cultural continuity. Revintage should help to clarify and define the ‘problem’ of reflexive interior renewal, but mainly how to bring this to the relevant target group.

From April onwards, we will be working on the project as coordinators, with MAERA from Portugal and VisMedNet from Malta.

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