withDrawing Room
withDrawing Room

WITHDRAWING
ROOM

A 100 year–old wood frame single–family house renovated by sculptor David Ireland is the site for an intervention about domestic conventions. The installation is a series of progressively private spatial meditations: the property line—a legal order, the resident is considered in relation to codes of privacy and publicness with regard to the building’s envelope and its physical, optical and aural vulnerabilities; etiquette—a social order, the resident is considered in relation to a set of culturally determined rituals that are enacted at the dinner table; intimacy—a private order, the resident is considered in relation to a another body in bed; the narcissistic impulse—an internal order, the resident is considered as a maintenance project regulated by the commodity–induced drive for uniqueness and conformity in front of the mirror.

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  • Corner beds, closed
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    Corner beds, open
    Corner beds, open
  • Top view showing cruciform plan
  • Floor slice
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Project information
Location         Capp Street Projects, San Francisco, United States
Milestones
opening12th August 1987closed12th September 1987
    Photography by Ben Blackwell