Exhibition A Live Interior opening 2022.12.10 >>

The research project Interiors matter: A Live Interior takes a closer look at different conceptions of interior’s temporality, duration and instability based on the assumption that the placement, replacement and reassembly of objects, furniture and entire interiors, make the interior a live environment, continuously in production. In the first phase of this practice-based research project, domestic environments have been studied using 3d-scanning. Through artistic investigations coupling analogue and digital techniques, the work explores provisional aspects of interiors, including occasional arrangement of objects in a room as well as the material processes, lifecycles and aspects of alteration and reuse of interiors and furniture.

“A Live Interior: Environments, Assemblies, Materialities”
Athens Journal of Architecture (AJA) 7 (4)

This paper examines the interior as a condition that is continuously in production through the arrangement of objects and furniture. This is done along two lines of inquiry. First by examining a few different historical and contemporary conceptions of the domestic interior through the lens of architectural representation. Second by using the technique of laser scanning to document a number of inhabited interiors in two apartment buildings. Through a series of representations, or cloud drawings, produced from the scans, the paper presents three ways of reading the interior: as environments, as assemblies, and as materialities.
Departing from Robin Evans’ writing on drawing techniques for representing the interior and their correlation to ways of inhabitation, the paper poses questions around how the understanding of the interior may shift when using emerging techniques for architectural representation. Through readings of Walter Benjamin as well as Sylvia Lavin, the paper discusses such shifts in relation to changes in the conception of the interior and the objects that it contains.


A Live Interior
Torkel Knutssonsgatan 16, 3rd floor, Stockholm
2022.12.10-18, 12-3pm daily

Ulrika Karlsson, Cecilia Lundbäck, Daniel Norell, Einar Rodhe, and Veronica Skeppe

Set in an apartment in a 1960s building on Södermalm in Stockholm, the exhibition A Live Interior explores shifting notions of the architectural interior and its objects, representations, and narratives. The exhibition takes the visitor through an environment that layers traces of previous occupants, remote domestic scenes, and furniture pieces based on recovered material. It positions the interior as an unstable condition, constantly in production through reuse and arrangements of fixtures, furniture, and belongings with varying temporality.

Opening: December 10, 12–3pm. Introduction 1pm by exhibitiors and Helen Runting.
Walk & Talk: December 14, 5pm with exhibitors in conversation with Tor Lindstrand.
Viewings: December 11 / December 13 / December 17, 12.30pm.

Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

Ulrika Karlsson, Cecilia Lundbäck, Daniel Norell, Einar Rodhe, and Veronica Skeppe
Responses by Thordis Arrhenius and Michael Young

Domestic interiors are notoriously difficult to represent. This problem has throughout the history of architecture given rise to productive frictions that have propelled the discipline forward. This artistic research seminar and public exhibition targets the problem of representation of interiors through new means of acquisition and drawing. 

“Interiors Matter: A Live Interior” is funded by the Swedish Research Council and hosted by KTH School of Architecture and the Built Environment in collaboration with Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design.

︎︎︎ Swedish Research Council
︎︎︎ KTH Royal Institute of Technology
︎︎︎ Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design

The research team consists of Ulrika Karlsson, Cecilia Lundbäck, Daniel Norell, Einar Rodhe and Veronica Skeppe. Read more