New Domesticity


It is when something is about the disappear, when we seem to care about it most. Threatened with extinction, the Dutch “huismus”(sparrow) represented times gone by and morals lost. All of a sudden everyone seemed to care about this one little bird. That could also explain the New Domesticity movement: when traditional family living is on its last legs, we want to embrace it most, crafting an idealised version of a modern retro household. When embracing the old days, we seem to forget why we used to feel uncomfortable with knitted and embroidered suburban works of domestic art. As they represented the times when staying at home wasn’t as much of a choice like it is now.

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