Beyond the Minimal House
The exhibition recreates the layout of a standard urban apartment. Visitors travel through an entrance hall, a Western-style room, tatami room, bathroom and, finally, to the living- dining-kitchen (LDK) area. Each room is filled with everyday possessions with which inhabitants might surround themselves.
“At Home in Japan” is based on original ethnographic research by Dr Inge Daniels, of the University of Oxford, that was conducted throughout 2003 in 30 urban homes in Kobe, Kyoto, Nara and Osaka. It features project-specific photography by Susan Andrews, of the London Metropolitan University. Daniels and Andrews also collaborated on a book, The Japanese House: Material Culture in the Modern Home.