Aftertaste

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AFTERTASTE is a series of lectures and roundtable conversations dedicated to the critical review of interior design. The symposium is intended as an expansive meditation on the concept of the interior environment and its constituent elements.

This critical collection establishes a broad, new intellectual framework for interior design―a field historically reliant on subjective pronouncements of taste. The very idea of taste was central to the formation of the discipline in the eighteenth century, and although repudiated in the mid-twentieth century, it continues to play an essential role in interior design today. Crossing disciplinary boundaries into photography, animation film, philosophy, and even space travel, the works featured in this study, the first of its kind, document new theories and emerging practices, expanding the perception of taste and interior studies. This thought-provoking review includes essay by noted historians and critics, interviews with experimental practitioners, and portfolios of contemporary artists and designers.

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2015 Inside Imagination

What does it take to imagine? We live in an era of environmental crisis and political unrest when complex systems and data analysis dictate projections of an uncertain future.


2014 Ambiguity and Sensibility

A TASTER is the quiet year of the biennial symposium AFTERTASTE.


2013 The Atmosphere of Objects

AFTERTASTE: THE ATMOSPHERE OF OBJECTS will address interior experience through close examination of the way objects inform inhabitation, influence perception and create social dynamics.


2012 After Taste

AFTERTASTE, the title, word and image, is re-explored in the new graphic designed by Lucille Tenazas, Principal of Tenazas Design and Henry Wolf Professor at the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design.


2011 Immaterial Environments

AFTERTASTE: IMMATERIAL ENVIRONMENTS will investigate aspects of interior space that are seemingly intangible yet highly perceived.


2010 Moving In

Aftertaste: Moving In examines environmental, economic and social pressures on interior design. What ideas, skills, and areas of specialist knowledge are “moving in” in response to those pressures?


2009 AFTERTASTE 3

It is not hard to imagine an apartment whose layout would depend no longer on the activities of the day, but on functional relationships between the rooms... It takes a little more imagination, no doubt, to picture an apartment whose layout was based on the functioning of the senses.


2008 AfterTaste 2

AfterTaste 2 is the second annual international symposium dedicated to the critical review of interior design and to identifying pressing contemporary issues and practices that will challenge practitioners in the near future.


2007 The Glass Corner

One century ago Frank Alvah Parsons founded the first Interior Design program in the United States at Parsons School for Design in New York.

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