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Most of us take modern bathrooms for granteda€”they are an essential part of our homes, but we ignore the complex network of pipes, pumps, and treatment plants that make up indoor plumbinga€™s infrastructure. Telling the story of one of the worlda€™s greatest feats of engineering and mass production, Bathroom follows the rooma€™s evolution and the lifestyle it enables. Considering how and why the bathroom emerged, Barbara Penner describes how it became an international symbol of key modern values such as cleanliness, order, and progress. She explores how colonialism, the media, fashion, world expositions, and tourism led to the bathroom being exported across the globe and explains the tensions this process has caused. While Penner investigates bidets, high-tech toilets, cast-iron bathtubs, and walk-in showers, she also ponders the low-tech, sustainable alternatives available to us. Filled with illustrations, Bathroom is an amusing and eye-opening cultural history of one of our most used but overlooked rooms.... critic to complain bit- terly: a#39;Everyone is hypnotized by production and conveniences a€“ sewage systems, elevators, bathrooms, washing machines. ... In 1952, a chart in the influential home decorating manual La#39;Art MAcnager FranAsais showed Switzerland and the United States leading the world, ... Sanyoa#39;s Ultrasonic Bath.

Author: Barbara Penner
Publisher:Reaktion Books - 2013-11-15

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