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Home: A Short History of an Idea

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Publisher Comments:

This immensely popular, witty, and highly provocative book is changing people's attitudes about convenience, decor, and technology in home design and furnishing. 10 black-and-white illustrations.

Review:

"In a loosely configured essay, Rybczynski discusses the idea of comfort and the Western cultural attitudes that have shaped it since the end of the middle ages. Rather than dealing with the technical aspects of architecture, he reviews such cultural variables as intimacy and privacy, domesticity, ease, and ideas about light, air, and efficiency as they have changed over time...."Library Journal

Review:

"Rybczynski has discovered many absorbing facts about our domestic evolution, and shows what a lot of human thought has gone into the modern chair, or attitudes about fresh air, or a room of our own...." William Gass, The New York Times Book Review

Synopsis:

Rybczynski presents a brilliant assessment of the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that have shaped Western concepts of privacy, domesticity, and comfort.

Synopsis:

Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small—from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today's Ralph Lauren-designed environments—on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of "home."

You'll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall-hung religious tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting, discover how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much more. Most of all, Home opens a rare window into our private lives—and how we really want to live.

About the Author

Witold Rybczynski of Polish parentage, was born in Edinburgh in 1943, raised in Surrey, and attended Jesuit schools in England and Canada. He received Bachelor of Architecture (1960) and Master of Architecture (1972) degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of more than fifty articles and papers on the subject of housing, architecture, and technology, including the books Taming the Tiger, Paper Heroes, The Most Beautiful House in the World, Waiting for the Weekend, and Looking Around: A Journey Through Architecture (all available in Penguin), and most recently, City Life. He lives with his wife, Shirley Hallam, in Philadelphia and is the Martin and Margy Myerson Professor of Urbanism at the University of Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter One: Nostalgia

*Two: Intimacy and Privacy

*Three: Domesticity

*Four: Commodity and Delight

*Five: Ease

*Six: Light and Air

*Seven: Efficiency

*Eight: Style and Substance

*Nine: Austerity

*Ten: Comfort and Well-Being

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140102314
Author:
Rybczynski, Witold
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, NY :
Subject:
Interior Design
Subject:
Domestic
Subject:
Interior decoration
Subject:
Dwellings
Subject:
Architecture and society
Subject:
Personal space
Subject:
Interior Design - General
Subject:
Residential
Subject:
Buildings - Residential
Subject:
Dwellings -- Psychological aspects.
Subject:
Architecture-Houses
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Series Volume:
672
Publication Date:
19870731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
7.76x5.09x.76 in. .52 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140102314 Reviews:
"Review" by , "In a loosely configured essay, Rybczynski discusses the idea of comfort and the Western cultural attitudes that have shaped it since the end of the middle ages. Rather than dealing with the technical aspects of architecture, he reviews such cultural variables as intimacy and privacy, domesticity, ease, and ideas about light, air, and efficiency as they have changed over time...."
"Review" by , "Rybczynski has discovered many absorbing facts about our domestic evolution, and shows what a lot of human thought has gone into the modern chair, or attitudes about fresh air, or a room of our own...."
"Synopsis" by , Rybczynski presents a brilliant assessment of the social, cultural, economic, and political factors that have shaped Western concepts of privacy, domesticity, and comfort.
"Synopsis" by ,
Walk through five centuries of homes both great and small—from the smoke-filled manor halls of the Middle Ages to today's Ralph Lauren-designed environments—on a house tour like no other, one that delightfully explicates the very idea of "home."

You'll see how social and cultural changes influenced styles of decoration and furnishing, learn the connection between wall-hung religious tapestries and wall-to-wall carpeting, discover how some of our most welcome luxuries were born of architectural necessity, and much more. Most of all, Home opens a rare window into our private lives—and how we really want to live.

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