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The architecture of happiness

Author: Alain De Botton
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Bestselling author Alain de Botton has written about love, travel, status and how philosophy can console us. Now he turns his attention to one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their furnishing. He asks:What makes a house beautiful? Why are so many new houses ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Electronic books (Kindle)
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Alain De Botton
ISBN: 9780141930251 014193025X
OCLC Number: 832285881
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 online resource
Responsibility: Alain De Botton.

Abstract:

Bestselling author Alain de Botton has written about love, travel, status and how philosophy can console us. Now he turns his attention to one of our most intense but often hidden love affairs: with our houses and their furnishing. He asks:What makes a house beautiful? Why are so many new houses ugly? Why do we argue so bitterly about sofas and pictures - and can differences of taste ever be satisfactorily resolved?Will minimalism make us happier than ornaments? To answer these questions and many more, de Botton looks at building across the world, from medieval wooden huts to modern skyscrapers; he examines sofas and cathedrals, tea sets and office complexes, and teases out a host of often surprising philosophical insights. The Architecture of Happiness will take you on a beguiling tour through the history and psychology of architecture and interior design, and will for ever alter your relationship with buildings.

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