More modernist parents stuff

Image from "Have a Seat (or Don't), by Sarah Catherine Firth.

Image from “Have a Seat (or Don’t),” by Sarah Catherine Firth.

Prof. Jan Michl, of Oslo, saw my post “My Modernist Parents,” with its trailers of a short Norwegian animated film Me and My Moulton, which was up for an Oscar this year for portraying the trials and tribulations of being raised in a modernist household. Sort of a “Growing Up Absurd” kind of a thing, Jan sent “Have a Seat (or Don’t): Growing Up in a Designer Chair Museum,” by Sarah Catherine Firth.

Professor Michl, who teaches design theory and history at Gjøvik University College and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (emeritus), sent me a fat juicy book a while back. True, it is in Czech, but the volume includes hundreds of beautiful photographs whose captions are translated by Jan into English, and at the end of which all the chapters are summarized in English translation by Jan. I offer readers his website, which contains a list of papers, in English, whose titles are themselves worth a visit. I’ll just name a couple: Form follows WHAT? The modernist notion of function as a carte blanche [1995] and The metaphor of nudity in modern design thinking [2005].

Anyway, the cartoons by Firth are sure to send you into fits of hilarity.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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