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Is it a queer space then? And is this why I paradoxically feel so at home here? There is no centrality in this house. There is no hearth. The house can transform itself to take on new, more diverse spatial and family configurations. It seems build to unsettle all sorts of binary oppositions (inside-outside, privacy-publicity, etc.), opening up new possibilities of more fluid identities. For sure, there is a queer presence in the house by way of the furniture pieces that were given by Ernesto Rogers to Richard’s parents, and which are kept in the house as part of its family history and legacy. Ernesto Rogers embodies quite the counter-figure of Philip Johnson, even when both men were equally influential and powerful as a curator, editor and architect. Whereas Johnson embraced an open and out lifestyle, Ernesto Rogers remained closeted throughout his life, maintaining a public persona behind which another private life could be negotiated. His furniture pieces of natural wood and dark green marble make an almost Surrealist appearance in the open space of the Wimbledon House, in particular the mirror cabinet opposite the parental bed that reflects its own reflections ad infinitum

As a ‘queer’ house the Wimbledon House still irritates, even when it’s almost 50 years old. The neighbours don’t really like it and raised their fences when the house was renovated, as if to once again emphasize that the very suggestion of an alternative to the conservative planning practice in England is an offence in itself. Today, it would not be possible to obtain a building permit for such a modernist house. That it is still seen as an irritant might be viewed as quite a sign of the times. In light of the Brexit, coming up in less than 18 months now, the mood in England is becoming even more introspective and defensive. Opening up as a social and cultural mentality is not the current trend. Within this context the house is like an island on an island, a harbinger of what one wishes might still come to London and to British society as a whole. 

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