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Too much ‘stuff’ and the wrong space: A conceptual framework of material possessions

Marco, Elena; Williams, Katie; Oliveira, Sonja

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Katie Williams Katie4.Williams@uwe.ac.uk
Professor and Research Centre Director



Abstract

Space for living in new build houses in the UK is at premium and households have more stuff than ever before. The way this stuff is accommodated in dwellings can significantly affect residents’ quality of life and well-being. This paper presents a new conceptualisation of material possessions that could be of use to those involved in housing design. Three universal characteristics of material possessions; value, temporality and visibility are used to identify the space in the home that possessions might require. A conceptual framework that integrates these characteristics with spatial information about the interior of the home is developed. The paper argues that the conceptual framework could help designers, policymakers and house builders to better understand first the nature of material possessions, and second how those possessions could be accommodated in contemporary homes, ultimately supporting improved quality of life and wellbeing for households.

Citation

Marco, E., Williams, K., & Oliveira, S. (2020). Too much ‘stuff’ and the wrong space: A conceptual framework of material possessions. Interiority, 3(2), 219-242. https://doi.org/10.7454/in.v3i2.78

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 11, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 30, 2020
Publication Date Jul 31, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 7, 2020
Publicly Available Date Oct 7, 2020
Journal Interiority
Print ISSN 2615-3386
Electronic ISSN 2614-6584
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 3
Issue 2
Pages 219-242
DOI https://doi.org/10.7454/in.v3i2.78
Keywords architectural design, design practice, interior design, housing, storage
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6511424
Publisher URL https://interiority.eng.ui.ac.id/index.php/journal/index

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