My paper "The 'Designed' Israeli Interior, 1960-1977: Crafting Identity," was published in the Journal of Interior Design in the fall. It pioneers the study of local domestic culture during these formative years of Israel’s history. The concept of the home played an important role in Israel during the first three decades of statehood, beginning in 1948, when Israel was established as a home—the home for all Jewish people. This paper examines the domestic space, focusing on aesthetic choices, approaches, and practices that highlight the home’s role as a theater for staging social, economic, racial and national identities. Drawing on recent studies of the relationship between identities and the design and decoration of interior spaces, it seeks to identify the conceptualization the domestic space as a manifestation of “Israeliness,” of national spirit, or self-image. It seeks to find whether the constructed domestic space in Israel can be called "Israeli."
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