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Home: A Short History Of An Idea

byWitold Rybczynski

Paperback | July 7, 1987

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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.

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 ...
Title:Home: A Short History Of An IdeaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.71 × 5.08 × 0.71 inPublished:July 7, 1987Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140102310

ISBN - 13:9780140102314

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! I'm an interior design graduate. We had to read this book for a class and it was wonderful. It really opens you up to the social, cultural, and historical evolution of the home with different details, etc. Worth the read and still have it on my shelf. I probably will for my whole life.
Date published: 2016-12-10

Table of Contents

Home 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

From Our Editors

Look around at your home. Nothing special, right? So what if you've got an interesting pattern on your walls and the furniture you've chosen is placed in exactly the right configuration? Your home may look different from your friends', but the basic concept is the same. You'll never look at your surroundings the same way again after reading this entertaining book by Witold Rybczynski. He demystifies the layout of our homes and thereby changes the way we think about furnishings, technology, convenience and décor. Featuring a very accessible writing style that both entertains and instructs, Home: A Short History of an Idea is a great text for beginner and advanced designers.

Editorial Reviews

"Here is a book that will change thew ay you look at your house or apartment—for the better." —People"Rybczynski's style is as loose and, yes, as comfortable as a down-filled comforter." —The Christian Science Monitor"Sensible and stylish" —Newsweek"It's a bracing, irreverent, worldly wise book." —Cleveland Plain Dealer"Home is serious, historically minded, and exquisitely readable. It is a triumph of intelligence." —The New Yorker