A Short History Of An Idea

Book - 1986
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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.

Publisher: New York ; Markham, Ont. : Viking, 1986.
ISBN: 9780140102314
Characteristics: x, 256 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.


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alexander_cameron Jan 21, 2016

Rybczynski, who has taught architecture at McGill and Ryerson Universities here and is now at University of Pennslyvania, knows his stuff and writes in an entertaining and most un-professorial style. If you’re interested in the way we came to have sash windows (the ones that slide up and down) instead of casements (the ones that swing open like a door), or why most of our houses have hallways instead of rooms that open into each other, or how we come to have chairs (among other furnishings), or why we do spring cleaning or… this is your book.

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