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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711233772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711233775
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.9 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edwin Heathcote is an architect, designer and writer living in London. He is the architecture and design critic of The Financial Times and has written over a dozen books. He writes a monthly column for GQ Magazine and is a regular contributor to magazines including Icon, Apollo and l'Architecture d'Aujord Hui. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the online design writing archive Readingdesign.org.

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'Mixing social history with literary and film references, Heathcote unpeels meaning in our homes as if reading layers of wallpaper for clues.'

(Good Book Guide)

'A delightfully imaginative study of the symbolic significance that people have attached to floors, ceilings, cellars, attics and everything in between'

(Financial Times)

'In warm, discursive style Edwin Heathcote leads the reader in a merry ramble through the home.  Engaging, witty - it offers fascinating historical and social insight'

(House & Garden)

Heathcote’s The Meaning of Home is a forensic look at the place that is most important to us, from front doors to halls, floors to ceilings, bedrooms to bathrooms. The author has an archaeological approach: he’ll sift and dig to nuggets of meaning, and then he’ll go deeper.

(Architects Journal)

'Enjoyable and informative for anyone who has ever lived in a home with stairs, doors, bay windows or kitchens'

(Financial Post, Canada)

“In this witty and surprising book, Heathcote reveals the ancient secrets hidden within the modern home  ...The Meaning of Home teases the fantastical out of the mundane on almost every page  ... [he] is deft and witty, and wields the tremendous erudition he brings to the page with an enviable lightness of touch. And the cultural spectrum is spanned: Gaston Bachelard, Slavoj Zizek and Walter Benjamin rub citations with modern films such as Home Alone and The Matrix  ...a fine addition to the shelf.”

(Will Wiles Building Design)

His approach give expression to a vital new turn in architectural theory

(Jonathan Rée Prospect)

Heathcote blends architecture and history in an intriguing survey. The Meaning of Home​ will make you look at your own home in a whole new light

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About the Author

EDWIN HEATHCOTE is the architecture correspondent for the Financial Times. He is the author of Contemporary Church Architecture, London Caffs, The Architecture of Hope (with Charles Jencks) and Furniture + Architecture of which Blueprint wrote 'Occasionally you come across a book that does everything it claims – and then some. This is one.'


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This is lovely book - articulate, well researched and very readable. A good book to either read in one go, or to dip into when you just feel like it.
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Just read it and loved it!
So enriching with full of knowledge and history.
Thank you, great read!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By art books on 9 Dec. 2012
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Beautiful tiny book that investigates the many associations of rooms & spaces within the home.
Very well researched & gathers together many philosophical inquiries eg: Bachelard, Vidler.
I have one tiny fault with it & it's just a matter of taste... The illustrated door knocker on the front
of the book is very shiny, the book itself is matt. It looks a little bit naff.
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By Torange Khonsari on 21 Feb. 2015
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Wonderful book 9 Jan. 2013
By grek102 - Published on Amazon.com
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Love this book - got it for my husband for Christmas and we read it aloud together. It's very small and a quick read, but it's very interesting, and we learned a lot! Highly recommended!
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What Houses Mean to Westerners 23 Sept. 2014
By Karlie Laumer - Published on Amazon.com
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The Meaning of Home was actually a really pleasant read. I didn't know what to expect, but the author was full of wit and charm, and made what could have been a very dull topic full of life and humor.

This book simply takes a look at what various aspects of the house have meant over history, and what they mean - possibly - now. The author does admit that he is simply looking at Western views, as that is what he himself is familiar with, but he hopes that someone might do this from an Eastern point of view to compare the two.

You may wish to have some form of internet handy when reading this book, as the author does reference many paintings and books that I've never heard of or seen, so being able to look at the painting that he is discussing in his book might help lend a hand at understanding some of his points. But at the same time, I didn't get too detracted by not taking the time to look up a painting during my read of this book.

All in all, this book was a quick and pleasant read of what a house means to people in the Western world throughout history. I plan to keep this on my bookshelves, and will re-read it again in the future, with that internet handy this time around!
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