Living in Style highlights designs for the interior as they were captured on paper through various drawing and printing techniques. Although united by their subject matter, the reasons behind the designs' making and the functions they originally served differ widely. The many exhibited works illustrate the full circle of the creative design process, from the moment of inspiration and the subsequent design phase to the execution and then beyond; to the documentation of executed pieces and their reception in designs by new generations of artists.
In the theme pages that follow, these different categories are illustrated by objects from the exhibition. It is important to note however, that this system of classification is not necessarily exclusive. A drawing or print can serve multiple purposes and its function can change over time. For example, a sketch by one artist can serve as the model for another's design, either directly or through its reproduction in print; an artist can decide to use one of the drawings from his design process as a final presentation drawing to show to his patron; and a presentation drawing can end up in a portfolio or catalogue to be reused in the (near) future. The groups as they are formulated here are therefore not set in stone, but rather help us recognize and determine to which step or function in the design process a specific drawing or print relates.