Modern dwelling

The house "Stella" represent our own time. The idea is to preserve a typical home of the late 20th. century for generations to come. Normal practice at museums is to collect whole houses, furniture and other implements after they have gone out of use or become antiques. Here, a different approach has been chosen.

The museum have found an actual home in Sogn, which has been cataloged in every detail. The exhibit consist of similar objects, but most are bought new from local shops. Family pictures etc. has been copied. The house itself is new. It comes as a factory made, pre-cut kit, supplied to hundreds of home buyers all over Norway.

Local carpenters assemble the kit on site. "Stella" is the marketing name the house supplier has given this particular model. Normal cost of a house like this in 1988 was NOK 600.000, excluding land and utilities.

Typical of our time is a high divorce rate and one-parent households. The museum wanted this to be reflected in the exhibit. "Our" house was built by a divorced woman with two teenage children. She is not wealthy, but earns an average income from her work in the public health sector.
The house is built on a slope. You enter on the lower level, which contains two bedrooms. To the left is the sons, to the right the daughters room. The boy has a waterbed. There is an also separate bathroom, and various utility and storage rooms. The master bedroom, and dining, sitting, and recreation space is situated upstairs. A second bath is also provided.

This is a common layout for modern Norwegian houses. The open plan is typical of homes built since the 1960's. The eighties had a passion for arches, as in the kitchen doorway. The furnishing is typical of the 1980's, when pastel colors and "continental" styles were popular. None of the pieces are in themselves particularly valuable, but modern production runs are so short that many items are already rare.

In the modern consumer society even items like furniture quickly wind up on the rubbish heap as styles change. Here, a cross section of the late 1980's is preserved posterity. The dining-room furniture and the sofa in recreation room are from the 70's. The rest of the furniture was bought new when the household moved in.

The imitation leather sofa and reclining swivel-chair ("stress-less" type), and imitation marble table very typical. Common glasses, china and knick-knack fill the cupboards and shelves. Many of the ornaments are bought from mail-order catalogues. While older homes had an easily recognizable Sogn style, modern homes are quite similar all over Norway.

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