October 14th, 2011


The Age of Comfort by J. DeJean


Age of Comfort, as a history of design, was a slight deviation from my norm, and a welcome one. While it is a history, it’s a history of comfort and privacy and their conceptual and practical evolutions, something that most histories don’t spend a lot of time discussing. DeJean makes a very strong case that the changes in furniture, clothing, and architecture from (roughly) 1670 to 1750 in France changed those standards of living dramatically, and for the better.Collapse )
In any event, I learned too much not to recommend the book, especially to people that have some interest in the history of decoration but otherwise limited experience on the subject.