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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
The development of the domestic interior is a history of consumption and
taste. In this book, for the first time, this story is set against the cultural
and industrial changes taking place in the western world since the seventeenth
Unlike almost all previous histories, this book does not deal exclusively with
the grand houses of the aristocracy: Steven Parissien's masterly text
concentrates rather on the homes of the merchants and middle classes, who have
been the first to take advantage of new technologies to furnish and decorate
Fully illustrated with contemporary plates from catalogs and books, as well as
paintings and photography, this beautiful book traces a constantly absorbing
and often surprising story, as it took place all over Western Europe and North
America. Ideal for all students of and enthusiasts for the domestic interior
and period settings. Steven Parissien's strongly narrative text explains not
simply what happened, but why.