Patrones domésticos

 

 

The way artifacts and spaces are used is often closely linked to cultural, gender-based differences, particularly in the realm of domestic technology. According to Ellen Lupton, both the aspirations and responsibilities of women are reflected and reinforced in how these technologies were designed, marketed, used and imagined in the 20th century. In this way, artifacts play a mechanical and cultural role in creating differences between men and women. The question of design as a discipline, a trade and even a notion that has gone beyond the simple creation of objects, is tackled in the art project “Domestic Patterns, Devices and Appliances”, based on the analysis of domestic space resulting from the modernization policies of the 1950s in Mexico. In modern architecture, designs were not only used to improve everyday life and the social environment, but also the expectations and quality of life that would shape an “idea of the future”. Therefore, the type of design encompassed in the “domestic” category became a prerequisite for seeing the world with a view to transform it.