Human beings went from never sleeping in the same place twice to having home become the center of our lives.
Throughout this journey, home has steadily evolved – from a threadbare shelter to a high-rise penthouse, with each new cultural and technological development changing the meaning of what home is.
Now, home is changing again.
In the 20th century, the home became modern and took on quasi-utopian qualities. It moved from a structure built to ensure the survival of the family unit into a private oasis that separates what is yours from the world. A place where we can be our true selves and have some measure of control over our surroundings.
It is a place of rest and a respite from chaos. It is secure, private and above all else – dependable.
But over the last decade, the modern home has become destabilized, elusive, evasive, more constricted, less secure and broken.
At The Sound, we place individual experience at the heart of our work and expand outwards. So we put our feet on the ground on four continents, immersed ourselves in a wildly diverse range of households, explored the minutiae of home life and bore witness to inspiring stories of struggle, success and adaptation.
We’ve put our learnings into a lovely 50-page report for your reading pleasure.