The cheerful aspects of colouration of home: Children’s Rooms and Kitchens During the Post-War Reconstruction Period

Herneoja, Aulikki (2008) The cheerful aspects of colouration of home: Children’s Rooms and Kitchens During the Post-War Reconstruction Period. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Colours spread the intangible aspects of happiness. I studied the interior colourations of homes during the post-war reconstruction period in Finland from 1948 to 1955. For this study, I adopted a material-based approach with qualitative research methods and applied a theory-guided content analysis. The children’s room and the modern standardised kitchen were the youngest and most quickly developing spaces of the home. In children’s rooms bright primary colours communicated the optimism of the future. The children’s room should be bright, protected and happy. The purpose of happy colours in the kitchen was to increase the enjoyment of the matron while working there. During the post-war reconstruction period everything had to have a purpose.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Herneoja, Aulikki
Languages: English
Keywords: post-war; Houses; interior; colours; rooms; kitchen
Subjects: C.ARCHITECTURE > 10. Other
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2010 15:14
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:12
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