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Le Juste Milieu: Alexandre Sandier, Theming, and Eclecticism in French Interiors of the Nineteenth Century

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This article examines the work of the architect and decorator Alexandre Sandier (1843–1916) in the context of French interior decorating advice manuals and pattern books of Third Republic France. Following the innovations in interior decor popularized through such media, and encouraged by a new understanding of the petit salon's and the boudoir's proper decoration, Sandier replaced the traditional forms and themes of history with new, refreshing, and never-before-seen interior design combinations. His designs for private interiors occupied an intermediate position between eclectic and themed interior decor that critics labeled the “juste milieu” of interior decoration.
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  • Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture brings together the best critical work on the analysis of all types of spaces. The journal investigates the complexities of the interior environment's orchestration and composition, and its impact on the inhabitant from a trans-disciplinary perspective.

    The interior is the journal's central focus and contributions from interior design practitioners and theorists are welcome. The journal embraces perspectives from a range of disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, art and design history, cultural studies and visual culture, and places no limits in terms of either geography or chronology. The journal sets out to challenge divisions between theory and practice, and aims to provide an essential forum for all those with an interest in the design, history and meaning of interiors.

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