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Proceedings 2017, 1(9), 894;

Self-Portrait in Bed. A Case Study of Carlo Mollino’s ‘Bedroom for a Farmhouse in the Rice Fields’

Faculty of Architecture, KU Leuven, 1030 Brussels, Belgium
Presented at the International and Interdisciplinary Conference IMMAGINI? Image and Imagination between Representation, Communication, Education and Psychology, Brixen, Italy, 27–28 November 2017.
Published: 20 November 2017
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In January 1943, Domus presented in its typical solutions series Carlo Mollino’s bedroom for a farmhouse in the rice fields (camera da letto per una cascina in risaia). This bedroom designed for publication in a magazine, was entirely imagined, and in part materialized, by and for its author. Published during World War II, this highly personal project, centered around the person in the bed, can be seen as an act of escapism. This paper identifies the project as a work of autobiography, and explores this notion through a close reading of its architectural representational media: text, photography and drawing.
Keywords: autobiographic architecture; interior; interiority; cabinet; bed autobiographic architecture; interior; interiority; cabinet; bed
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Verhaeghe, G. Self-Portrait in Bed. A Case Study of Carlo Mollino’s ‘Bedroom for a Farmhouse in the Rice Fields’. Proceedings 2017, 1, 894.

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