Download e-book for iPad: The Age of Comfort: When Paris Discovered Casual--and the by Joan DeJean

By Joan DeJean

A severely acclaimed historian of France and French tradition identifies the instant in glossy historical past whilst informality and luxury first grew to become priorities, inflicting a surprising transformation within the worlds of structure and inside ornament that will final for hundreds of years.


Today it's tough to visualize a lounge with out a couch. whilst the 1st sofas on checklist have been brought in seventeenth-century France, the outcome used to be an intensive reinvention of inside area. Symptomatic of a brand new age of informality and luxury, the couch ushered in an period often called the golden age of dialog; because the first piece of furnishings designed for 2, it was once additionally thought of a call for participation to seduction. on the related second got here many different adjustments in inside house we now take with no consideration: deepest bedrooms, bogs, and the unique dwelling rooms.

None of this may have occurred and not using a colourful solid of visionaries—legendary architects, the 1st inside designers, and the ladies who formed the tastes of 2 successive kings of France: Louis XIV’s mistress the Marquise de Maintenon and Louis XV’s mistress the Marquise de Pompadour. Their progressive rules could have an immediate impact on geographical regions open air the house, from garments to literature and gender family, altering the best way humans lived and regarding each other for the foreseeable future.

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The lawn, or Greensward, parallels the Z-path and becomes a sixth precinct for sculpture and other pedestrian-oriented activities. This is an iconic composition of seating areas and shade trees that speaks to our universal view of a park. The settings created by these landscapes will elicit responses from artists, who will produce content for the park, from large works to subtle time-based pieces. The gardens address the everchanging views of the role of a park in the city and art in the landscape.

Rainier in the distance; Calder’s Eagle sculpture in winter; Irises of the Grove Above: Flowering dogwood and red chairs Right: View of the "Valley" 114 115 WANDE RING ECOLO GI E S Facing above: Amphitheater of the "Valley" Facing below: Red chairs and their shadows Clockwise from above: View of the Meadow in bloom; Columbine: Dogwood; Amelanchier 116 117 WANDE RING ECOLO GI E S Above: View of the shoreline precinct with driftwood Facing above: Waterfront promenade with rain garden Facing below: Night view of waterfront promenade 118 119 Whatcom Museum of History and Art Bellingham, Washington, USA, 2008 In collaboration with Jim Olson, Olson Kundig Architects First Place: BACM International Design Competition Millions of years ago, the Pacific Northwest was a vastly different landscape, filled with plants that now seem exotic.

Protected by the museum building, and accessible from Grand Avenue, this garden’s f lexible op en space will generously accommodate performances and events, while providing an intimate and relaxing atmosphere for Museum visitors. The “Garden of the Ancients” was conceived as part of the building. It was carved out of the building in the earliest conceptual phase of the design compeititon. The goal was to create a place that served multiple uses, but always in the company of living fossils - ancient plants, massive boulders, petrified wood - and light caught by the wall.

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