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Cocktail Shakers Lava Lamps Tuppe Paperback – 28 Nov 2003


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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (28 Nov. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592530451
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592530458
  • Product Dimensions: 26.5 x 22.4 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,952,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The living room has always been a museum for showcasing our possessions; a sanctuary where we can sit among the flotsam and jetsam of our lives. Read the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Miss Jones on 4 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
I love Wayne Hemingway's books I own "just above the mantlepiece",
"Kitsch icons of the 20th century" and "mass market classics-the home".
Imagine my joy at the thought of another book celebrating my love of kitsch etc.
Now imagine my horror on receiving this book to discover.IT IS MASS MARKET CLASSICS THE HOME,WITH A NEW TITLE AND DIFFERENT COVER.EVERYTHING IS THE SAME- PAGE NUMBERS -PICTURES AND TEXT.
I FEEL WELL AND TRULY RIPPED OFF.CHEERS.
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Great choice of items, but very poor quality images 6 Mar. 2009
By Michael A. Duvernois - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is conceptually an excellent book, celebrating the home design elements of the second half of the 20th century. Woven plastic "fabric" lawnchairs. Catalog hi-fi holding tables. Padded wet bars. The author clearly values some of these items, and includes others (lava lamps for example) that are disliked but important for the era.

The whole thing is seriously undermined though by the VERY poor quality illustrations, mostly taken from catalogs which appear to be reproduced using a defective polaroid camera with a lens that had been scratched by a rabid porcupine. Horrid illustrations. Most of these items can still be found in homes and thrift stores, they could have been photographed. There are photographs from the time as well. Anything!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
great reference 14 Sept. 2011
By Kate Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a fantastic reference tool for anyone interested in the kitschier, more low-brow side of mid-to-late 20th century design. Obvious items such as sofa sets, credenzas, and shelving units are included, as well as less obvious areas such as moulded bathroom pieces, floor tiles, and typewriters.

However, while I realize this book is on the more fun, playful side (as opposed to being serious home furnishings research material), slightly more reference photos and descriptions could have benefitted the reader. The writeup on netted curtains is merely a rant by the author on how much he hates them - save the opinions for conversation, please, unless we're discussing this person-to-person, I don't care how much you dislike something.

Despite the lack of content in the writing, I do like the use of catalog excerpts - anyone can take a photo of a chair in a thrift store; I'm impressed with the material that the author has presented.
Not bad, Not great. 15 Sept. 2014
By Marina Montenegro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Fun book. Not as much information as expected. More pictures and of better quality would have made this a better book. Overall not bad. Okay or good.
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