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The Poetic Home: Designing the 19th-Century Domestic Interior (Hardback)

Stefan Muthesius

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ISBN 10: 0500514194 / ISBN 13: 9780500514191
Edité par Thames Hudson Ltd, United Kingdom, 2009
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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Language: English . Brand New Book. Today we are surrounded by glossy publications and TV shows demonstrating the latest interiors. We take notions of style, comfort and atmosphere completely for granted, even designing our own rooms to achieve the right mood. Yet this language, seemingly so current, emerged in the 19th century, when a combination of economic, social and artistic factors first allowed architects, designers and clients to think about home interiors in a completely new way. Their challenge was to create atmosphere and character in ordinary living rooms in short, to aspire to the new ideal of the poetic home. This book examines the Western domestic interior from the 1800s to the mid-1890s, but rather than concentrate on individual types of furnishing or on familiar historical styles, it proceeds in a radically different way: it considers the design of the interior as a whole, making use of original 19th century texts and images to reveal what the designers, producers, shops and clients actually thought about the business of conjuring up romanticized interiors. N° de réf. du libraire AA29780500514191

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Titre : The Poetic Home: Designing the 19th-Century ...

Éditeur : Thames Hudson Ltd, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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Lucid text and lavish illustrations trace the evolution of interior design in nineteenth-century America and Europe.

This beautifully illustrated and meticulously researched book reveals the emergence of a new sensibility in the design of the home in Europe and America during the nineteenth century.

"Poetic home" was the expression used to describe the designer's task of creating atmosphere and character in the ordinary living room. There was a new emphasis on the texture and color of fabrics, wood, and wallpaper, as well as on the more abstract ideas of line and form, light and dark. A different concept of the interior arose, stressing the "mood" of each room, alongside a fervent concern for national identity and a country's bygone age: interiors were now to express an "Old English," "ancien régime," or "Old Colonial" character.

Manufacturers' catalogues, designers' sample books, and periodicals communicated these ideas to a growing audience. With them came a new verbal and visual language and a new understanding of the client's role. Large-scale manufacture and carefully organized stores catered to the demands of householders increasingly aware of design. The way a room was visualized and discussed then continues to mark our sense of the "good interior." 300 illustrations, 120 in color.

About the Author:

Stefan Muthesius is Professor of the History of Architecture and Design at the University of East Anglia. He has written several award-winning books, including The English Terraced House.

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