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Geography of Home: Writings on Where We Live Hardcover – 1 Jan 2000

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568981724
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568981727
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,922,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Akiko Busch doesn't so much look at houses as cock her head and listen to them. What she hears is the rustle of humanity within their all-too-mortal frames. "House and Garden", June 1999 With her light touch, Busch--at once learned and unpretentious--takes you through a tour of homes and homemaking that is rich in history and sumptuously detailed. 'Dining Room' tells, among other things, of how table knives lost their pointed ends when Louis XIV decided that the table was no place for dueling. Henceforth all knife-ends were to be rounded and a great leap was made, if not for mankind, then for manners...No corner of the home or habit of the mind goes neglected here; reading this, you will look on your house--from its public face, the front door, to the inner sanctum of the well-appointed bathroom--with new eyes. Dana Goodyear, "Pool & Spa Living", August 1999

About the Author

Akiko Busch has written about architecture and design for publications such as Graphis, Metropolis, House & Garden, and I.D. Magazine.

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By A Customer on 14 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
Found this book in the architecture section of "a well known high street book shop" because I liked the cover. Before I knew it I'd read the first chapter on the Front Door and had to buy it. Though primarily aimed at an American audience, the book is accessible to all and is an eclectic mix of architecture, design history and sociology with fascinating insights into the way we live and use our homes. "The Kitchen" is a particular highlight comparing notions of luxury and convenience and how our perceptions of these have changed over the last century.
In its own weird way this is perhaps one of the best ( if quirkiest ) books I have ever read.
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Bravo! Aki Busch takes us on a charming and provocative stroll both through her home and each of ours. Ever wonder why you still have a front door? Or whatever happened to the front porch? Or why your kitchen and closets and garage are so essential? READ THIS BOOK and find out!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and provocative reflections on how we live 26 Jun. 1999
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Bravo! Aki Busch takes us on a charming and provocative stroll both through her home and each of ours. Ever wonder why you still have a front door? Or whatever happened to the front porch? Or why your kitchen and closets and garage are so essential? READ THIS BOOK and find out!!
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