Let us not be afraid of learning how to live! (…) knowing very well about the world of objects’ long-lasting influence on us, for better or worse.
Johanna Hofmann wrote these lines in Wohnen in unserer Zeit. Wohnungsgestaltung der Interbau (Living in our Time. Interior Design of the Interbau), a book documenting the model homes of the Internationale Bauausstellung (International Building Exhibition) 1957, published by Das Beispiel (Darmstadt) one year after this big exhibition event in Berlin. It was marketed as a veritable home advice book.
From its very beginning, the Werkbund had used home advice literature to beat the drum for modern living concepts. For our upcoming Jour fixe on Monday, March 6 at 7pm, Dr. Rudolf Fischer will talk about to what extent traces of these sometimes controversial debates can be found in Werkbund publications.