In the 1970s, interior design was dominated by the ideals of Nature. Walls, and sometimes ceilings, were clad in wood, giving the impression of a log cabin. There were cork tiles on the floors, and in every corner were the ubiquitous rubber and cheese plants with their glossy green evocation of the jungle. It was an aesthetic about bringing the outside world inside. Nothing could be further from the current home design ideals. Now it’s all about banishing Nature, extending living space into the outside rather than bringing the outside in.

Do these changes of taste matter for the environment? ...


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