Viking, New York, 2001, 1986 English
Nonfiction, Architecture
ISBN: 9780670811472

Rybczynski explores the idea of a comfortable home, going as far back at the 17th century. In this exploration he finds theories and advances that have factored into the privacy, intimacy, and efficiency of a home.

On 3 book lists
Bruce Hannah

Why should we be comfortable? Witold Rybczynski explores the origins of this and other ideas that have consequences beyond just our domestic well-being. His concerns expanded from trying to save the world one toilet flush at a time to looking at the design ideas that might affect all of us long before the catch-phrase “green design” took hold. Again, required reading, if you really want to be a designer.

Temple St. Clair

I read this while my husband and I were renovating a ramshackle building that we bought in Manhattan’s East Village. It’s a fascinating study of the concept of “home.” Some of the functionality of our home—the kitchen, for example—is based on Rybczynski’s theories: our kitchen is like a workshop with all its tools exposed instead of a gleaming sterile environment that looks like it’s never used.

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