Having a red brick wall in your living room or choosing Scandinavian design furniture for your kitchen reflects a social affiliation. This belonging is based on standards. These standards allow individuals to demonstrate their belonging, but they are also summoned to distinguish themselves.
The living environment reflects a social belonging. To affirm this belonging, individuals choose to arrange their home with standards (a red brick wall, ceiling moldings, a club chair or a Nordic lounge ...). Each standard has a meaning that categorizes the one who adopts it.
Individuals are caught between contradictory injunctions. How can they affirm their social belonging and, at the same time, their singularity? This tension can lead to errors of taste or, worse, to a breach with the social belonging individuals claim.
When they are offered personalization, individuals are actually proposed either to reproduce a standard, or to adopt an arrangement that is so personal that it allows them to free themselves from the marks of belonging. It ends up sending blurred signs on what we are and want to show.
What if people were helped to make their social aspirations and aspirations for singularity coexist?
According to common sense, choices regarding style and furnishing merely result from the taste and aesthetic affinities of people. But the tastes in terms of planning are rather a reflection of their personal history: social and professional background, love and family history... They will build perceptions, ambitions and thus be reflected into different lifestyles. Those lessons come from our report on the building of living environments.Découvrir l'étude