Late last night, I checked my mailbox and discovered a treat that kept me up past my usual bedtime. It was a preview copy of It's Lonely in the Modern World - a very serious look at how to achieve absolute modern design perfection at home from the folks behind the Unhappy Hipsters blog.
It's Lonely in the Modern World has a subtitle of "The Essential Guide to Form, Function, and Ennui" which tells you quite a bit about what you can expect once you crack the cover. Here's a quick excerpt to give you a taste of the Unhappy Hipsters extra-dry brand of design-centric humor:
It takes a hardy individual to strip down to the bare minimum of possessions required to live in a truly modern home. When you encounter the inevitable hiccups in the process or falter in your steadfast approach, remember that you are special: You are a modernist.
In this book, we will help you become modern. From chairs and cladding to children and pets, let us be your guides to a new way of living. You will allow yourself to be released from the trappings of mediocrity, to let go of preconceived notions of corporeal joy, and to take pleasure in waking up in a sepulchral bedroom. You will begin to appreciate the subtle beauty in the irregularities in a sheet of wormy plywood and to relish the tickle of walking barefoot through a gravel yard.
My fave spread in the book is the modern chair "Cheat Seat" - a visual guide to "allow you to dialogue about famous furniture designers like a pro" along with suggestions for the perfect chair for certain personalities, such as "the ironic", "the thriftster" and "the vegan".
It would be a good gift for anyone who knows that they may be talking design just a teeny bit on the too-serious side; it's got great photos, a nice looking layout and just enough tongue-in-cheek humor mixed in with real style to make it an entertaining yet aesthetically pleasing read.
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