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The age of comfort: when Paris discovered casual - and the modern home began

The age of comfort: when Paris discovered casual - and the modern home began

DeJean, Joan E., author

This remarkable history of late-seventeenth- and early-eighteenth-century France introduces the age when comfort became a new ideal. Home life, formerly characterized by stiff formality, was revolutionized by the simultaneous introduction of the sofa (a radical invitation to recline or converse), the original living rooms, and the very concept of private bedrooms and bathrooms, with far-reaching effects on the way people lived and related to one another. DeJean highlights the revolutionary ideas-and the bold personalities behind them-that fomented change in the home and beyond, providing new insight into the household habits and creature comforts we often take for granted

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Published New York: Bloomsbury, 2010

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Statement of responsibility: Joan DeJean
ISBN: 1608191354, 9781608191352
Note: Originally published: 2009.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 295 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour)
Subject: Design France Paris History 17th century.; History of architecture; France; Interior architecture France Paris History 18th century.; Design France Paris History 18th century.; History; Interior architecture France Paris History 17th century.; General & world history; 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699; Design Human factors France Paris.; Human comfort France Paris.; Society.; 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799; European history; Society & culture: general
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781608192304