the age of design


benjamin schwarz analyzes the role that middle-class mothers played in mid-century architecture in a recent atlantic monthly article, “where mother saw best.”

for example, writer alice t. friedman uses six houses – with primary owners being females – as case examples, using letters, diaries, and first person narrative to illustrate how the houses were used.  main point being a sea change from victorian domestic architecture (kitchen hidden away at back, children’s rooms out of sight upstairs) to flexible, family-centric floorplans (kitchen at center of household, built in desks in family spaces, mother at the hub of action).

check it out:

alice t friedman

alice friedman at amazon, $19.77.


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i’m losing my mind, and i don’t think it’s cleve. Liesbeth Kiki.

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