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The demise of the dining room 19th January 2010
Dining room
Is the separate dining room dead?

Once a place strictly reserved for formal occasions and mother’s best china, it seems that the formal dining room has become a largely unused space. It’s certainly the most popular room to ‘knock through’, with an estimated 500,000 demolished last year. If this trend continues the traditional dining room could be extinct by 2020. To discuss the benefits of open-plan living versus a separate dedicated dining room Jane is joined by the journalist Rosie Millard, and Barbara Chandler, design writer for Homes & Property at the London Evening Standard.

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