Taste & Modernity


Sou Fujimoto’s Public Toilet in Ichihara at Itabu Station


“The apparent boundaries between private and public interior spaces were continually under threat, therefore, as they and the values they embraced constantly invaded each other’s territories, taking with them as they did so the visual, the material and the spatial languages through which those values were expressed.  In short the boundaries between the ‘separate spheres’ were fundamentally unstable and it was that instability, rather than the separation per se, that, I will suggest, defined modernity, and by extension the modern interior, reflecting the constantly shifting identities and the increasingly fragmented experiences of the inhabitants of the modern world.”


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