People often are looking for interesting books to help them understand the world around them, especially when it comes to the objects that surround us. Here are a few that we have enjoyed.
Bee Wilson. Consider the Fork: A History of the Way We Cook and Eat
This book investigates the tools we use to cook and eat food. It was incredibly eye-opening to discover how cooking and the relationship between food preparation and consumption lead to all of those crazy implements in silver service ware.
Bill Bryson. At Home: A Short History of Private Life
This is a must for furniture lovers, Bryson takes us through the evolution of every room in the house. The journey from private to public and back again. It really sheds light on furniture forms and why we place them where we place them. What's the difference between a drawing room and a living room? Find out here.
Witold Rybczynski. Now I Sit Me Down: From Klismos to Plastic Chair
Yes… A history of the chair. It seems so silly, but this was probably the best book I have read in years. Something so simple as a chair, the real gold in this is how he treats the different stylistic periods and how the chair is usually the first form to get updated, its art history from the object’s perspective. This is a must for furniture collectors.
Rybczynski also has written other books that are really great, including:
A Clearing In The Distance: Frederick Law Olmsted and America in the 19th Century
One Good Turn: A Natural History of the Screwdriver and the Screw
The Perfect House: A Journey with Renaissance Master Andrea Palladio
He is a fascinating author who uncovers delight in the mundane.
More to come I’m sure….let us know how you find these books…