Monday, November 17, 2008

Emily: Home

I just finished this wonderful book "HOME A Short History of an Idea" by Witold Rybczynski. It is a non fictional account of how the ideas that we come to associate with home (ie: privacy, comfort, and well being) developed in the western world. Worth reading for anyone who's job involves critical thinking regarding space.

I was especially taken with his argument against Traditional Decor:

"We would feel as odd in a Model T as we would in plus fours or a hooped skirt, yet although we would not think of dressing in period clothes, we find nothing strange in dressing our homes in period decor."

As a staunch traditionalist, I had to admit that he made an interesting and valid point.

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