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The Age of Comfort : When Paris Discovered Casual--and the Modern Home Began - Joan DeJean

The Age of Comfort

When Paris Discovered Casual--and the Modern Home Began


Published: 1st July 2009
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Today, it is difficult to imagine a living room without a sofa. When the first sofas on record were delivered in seventeenth-century France, the result was a radical reinvention of interior space. Symptomatic of a new age of casualness and comfort, the sofa ushered in an era known as the golden age of conversation; as the first piece of furniture designed for two, it was also considered an invitation to seduction. With the sofa came many other changes in interior space we now take for granted: private bedrooms, bathrooms, and the original living rooms.
None of this could have happened without a colorful cast of visionaries-legendary architects, the first interior designers, and the women who shaped the tastes of two successive kings of France: Louis XIV's mistress Madame de Maintenon and Louis XV's mistress Madame de Pompadour. Their revolutionary ideas would have a direct influence on realms outside the home, from clothing to literature and gender relations, changing the way people lived and related to one another for the foreseeable future.

A short history of modern comfort -- An architecture of comfort -- The bathroom -- The flush toilet -- Heating -- Easy seats -- Convenience furniture -- 1735 : architect-designed seating begins -- The original interior decorators and the comfortable room -- The bedroom -- The boudoir -- Dressing for comfort -- The fabric of their lives -- The comfortable body -- Coda : l'art de vivre.

ISBN: 9781608191352
ISBN-10: 1608191354
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st July 2009