Design your life : the pleasures and perils of everyday by Lupton, Ellen; Lupton, Julia Reinhard
By Lupton, Ellen; Lupton, Julia Reinhard
Reading such subject matters as housework, unique, parenthood, time administration, D.I.Y, and extra, indicates you the way to guage the belongings you use and the way to acknowledge the types of order that inhabit the messes of daily life.
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STILL LIFE WITH PRICE TAG RAISING THE HONOR BAR In the modern American hotel room, visitors are treated in turn as respected guests and potential thieves. Words such as “convenience,” “honor,” and “courtesy” politely delineate a curious code of ethics. If I spent the night at your home, you might not find it necessary to point out that I shouldn’t leave with your bathrobe. But in hotel rooms, where miniature sewing kits and tiny bars of soap are compliments of the house, you will often see a tag like this one: Bottled water is the most frequently purchased in-room amenity.
Pushing data, images, and brands has supplanted the production of things in the working lives of most middle-class American wage earners. As more and more meals exit their cartons and head straight for the microwave, today’s digital tools zone the kitchen as a place to buy and serve branded goods and mass media. Meanwhile, cooking appliances are going back into hiding in upscale kitchens. Refrigerators masquerade as cabinetry, and “appliance garages” (complete with rolling garage doors) keep smaller machines out of sight, ready for use on ritual occasions, such as the Festival of the Waffle Iron, Midsummer Night’s Popcorn, and the Ultra Slim Fest.
Yet formality crept back in, and the living room soon froze once more into a precious precinct of order. Beginning in the 1950s, the family room and the great room emerged as warmer alternatives, and for a while, the living room seemed to be going extinct, forced out of the domestic ecosystem by these more relaxed and resilient spaces. But the open plan of the family room or great hall breeds its own dangers. With everything from cooking and eating to homework and home offices happening in one sprawling area, heaps of paper and baskets of toys build up quickly.