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Mid-Century Modern housing designs vs children
Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:38 am
Posted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:46 pm
love this line about the floating stair case:
(Hey, aren’t these just a bunch of IKEA Lack shelves nailed to a wall?)
Posted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:00 pm
So maybe Neutra's book is really called "Survival (of the fittest) Through Design"
Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 8:54 pm
Saw this on another architecture site, but the discussion there devolved into a discourse on Modern vs Traditional. Yawn. I'm interested in the phenomenon, formerly confined largely to arty European or Latin American residential work intended for publication, but now spreading (it seems) to domestic architects, namely the omission of handrails on stairs.
I'm as arty as the next guy, and appreciate the minimalist urge that this practice suggests. But -- isn't it still the case that the majority of household injuries involve the staircase ? Anyone can lose their footing on the stairs, no matter what their age or condition.
Frank Lloyd Wright was an early adopter of this particular minimalist move; it is hard to find a handrail in much of his early work, at least. He seems to have harbored an antagonism toward the random diagonal line -- the hipped-roof pitch excepted, of course.
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 8:58 am
This discussion reminds me of being on a MAK tour at Case Study house 22:
Someone asked Mrs Stahl about bringing up kids right next to a steep cliff. She said "Oh we told them to stay away and they did." In fact her daughter and granddaughter were living with her there at the time. I think the granddaughter was about 8 years old then.
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 9:46 am
silly blog article. another attack on Modernism. Breeders beware.
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:54 am
Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:18 pm
Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2013 7:01 am
Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2013 9:29 am
I agree that the style of parenting was quite different and one that we embrace in our home today. Of course, we have a Cliff May and thus have averted the dangers of staircases and indoor reflecting pools but we didn't even childproof the cabinets when given a window in which to do so. Our son is 2 now and the thing that's always worked best is watching him and setting limits. I actually feel a little inspired raising him in this home knowing hundreds of families have done the same over the last fifty years and it seems to have worked fine for them!
Thanks for sharing that article! I have seen houses like those and thought to myself how dangerous and impractical some of those things are. How very experimental the 50s were that they'd try just about anything with complete disregard to practicality. I sort of love it.
Posted: Tue Aug 13, 2013 9:19 pm
This was a very funny read. I always wondered about that stuff to with some of those artsy designs for the filthy rich. Like others have said just watch and teach your children. I would be more concerned for my visitors though, maybe show a power point slide on how to navigate the home safely otherwise I'd constantly find myself telling everyone to watch their step.