SQM The quantified home
SQM: The Quantified Home is a book edited by Space Caviar, an Italian design research studio. It was produced as part of the cultural program commissioned by Biennale Interieur for its 2014 edition in Kortrijk, Belgium.
For the dust jacket of SQM, more than a hundred rolls of surplus wallpaper were manually selected by travelling to retailers in England, Italy, and Belgium. They were then cut to size, and the text was screen-printed by hand. The 3000 finished books, in 23 different patterns, were randomly mixed before distribution.
Wallpaper, popularised in 1820s England as a means to improve the drab spaces of working class housing, becomes here the signifer for an idea of domesticity on the wane, leaving open the question of what will come next.
The book is an investigation on the contemporary home, with a specific focus on issues of housing affordability, technology, and surveillance. Twenty essays, each commissioned to a leading author in the field, describe twenty domestic interiors between 1914 and 2014; together, they chronicle the decline of the home as a space of refuge, asking how current economic, social, and technological changes are transforming the spaces where we live.