MFA Interior Design Roundtable: (In)Dangered Domesticity
From Parsons Deans Office
Naomi House, Dr Benjamin Koslowski + Dr. Harriet Harriss on her book Interior Futures and their chapter: (In)dangered Domesticity: Tactics to Subvert an Anxious and Unsafe Interior Typology.
In conversation with MFA ID thesis students: Jenna Koss and Monica Perez Ku that address Systems of Care, Feminist Theory, Trauma + Healing in Interior Design.
This roundtable offers a meaningful response to the decline of domestic safety and the rise of what we call the (in)dangered domestic interior. Inserting the panic room as a typology of anxiety that risks framing its occupants as victims, we propose the introduction of a buffer zone between interior and exterior that disperses spaces of safety within the home. In order for design to be proactive rather than merely reactive, the domestic space of the future needs to emancipate itself from a reliance on policy and regulation. To this end, designers can become more responsible by seeking to influence future legislation, rather than responding ad hoc to social crises as they unfold.