In 1964, in London, the shop Habitat opened selling newly designed furniture alongside objects imported from Europe and Asia: ceramic cooking pots, duvets (known at the time as 'the continental quilt'), spaghetti jars, wooden chopping boards, pestle and mortars, rugs, stereo record players, and so on. The 'becoming tasteful' of these items was a crucial part of the success of Habitat as it emerged as part of a lifestyle re-attunement in Britain at this time. This talk will explore the genealogy of Habitat and connect it to large-scale changes taking place in society at the time.
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