About living rooms. The comment for log "Most-most in Novosibirsk", December 2011  
Andrey Buslaev, Nadezda Buslaeva.
Gradual transformation of the living room from a separate area into one of the home's structural parts went on in parallel with transformation of architectural principles.
The structure of people's demands had transformed, some of them passed away (for example, demonstration of trophy collections and demonstration of items in general), and some absolutely new demands appeared (complex video and audio equipment turned into the center of the home) while part of old demands mutated (salon-type conversation remained but got significantly simpler).
The time of classics and other stylizations has gone for good. As well as the arrangement of long corridors for walks or ladies' boudoirs. A modern person should be honest to himself - using dead styles is reanimating the shadows of the past. Such reanimation can rarely be successful, in most cases it's like playing when you already know you will lose. But even if such reanimation of the classics, say Art Nouveau or Art Deco, turns out as being relatively successful in terms of stylistic correlations, it eventually ends up as hollow and ridiculous decoration at best.
In other words, some things that were necessary or important throughout the seventeenth to nineteenth, or even the twentieth century have now become weird and often unacceptable for a post-industrial person from the first half of the twenty-first century Playing stylization games is of course exciting but is not essential to spacial arrangement. A modern personality has other achievements and, in fact, other units of measurement. Quality is more important than quantity in the digital epoch. And the core of minimalism and functuonalism lies not in the abstract "space" but in the fact that formal architectural laconism is just a background, an accompaniment for the main subject, that is the Personality who lives in this home and the Guests s/he receives.