It's Lonely in the Modern World: The Essential Guide to Form, Function, and Ennui from the Creators of Unhappy Hipsters

It's Lonely in the Modern World: The Essential Guide to Form, Function, and Ennui from the Creators of Unhappy Hipsters

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True modernity requires much more than discipline, vision, and a willingness to live without upper kitchen cabinets. It's Lonely in the Modern World outlines exactly what s required to achieve sleek design and the requisite ennui. From the creators of the wildly popular Web site Unhappyhipsters.com, this essential guide is for today s hipsters what The Official Preppy Handbook was for prepsters. The authors advise on a number of topics. Readers will learn how to navigate the vast array of concrete finishes and plywood grades, accessorize with children and pets, opine with authority on rooflines. Featuring detailed illustrations, beautifully staged photos, and helpful charts, this master manual is perfect for aspiring modernists, those who love them, and, of course, those who love to hate them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811879286
Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date: 10/12/2011
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Molly Jane Quinn is a founder of Unhappyhipsters.com, which receives over 200,000 unique visitors weekly. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jenna Talbott is a founder of Unhappyhipsters.com, which receives over 200,000 unique visitors weekly. She lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

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keristars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of the Unhappy Hipster blog (uhm, unhappyhipsters.com, I think?) and was thrilled when the authors announced a book. Even better, it's only inspired by their blog, instead of being a reiteration of the same, which is a pitfall for a lot of blogs-turned-book.While the blog is a series of sardonic captions attached to photos of modern design (interior, exterior, architecture) usually sourced from Dwell magazine, which includes "natural" settings - that is, not overly contrived or fake, but actually how things are. A lot of the photos include the residents doing ordinary things, perhaps with the goal of not appearing overly posed. At the outset, Dwell's vision was a reaction to the pretentious and fake-feeling design magazines, but as the years have passed, the photo spreads have skewed more and more in that same direction as Dwell magazine gains renown. Or so the introduction of It's Lonely in the Modern World explains.The blog - and the book - poke affectionate fun at the super serious world of modern design. They inject a playful air to what can be severe lines, hard surfaces, and stern colors. I really enjoyed the book's method. It mimics a general design book, discussing "Interiors", "Exteriors", and "Accessories", with each broken into smaller sections - "Surfaces", "Lighting", "Kitchens", "Rooflines", "Windows + Doors", "Children", and "Pets", among others. These sections provide examples, give suggestions, and note pros and cons of different options. There are also intermediary portraits of famous modern designers (very well done in pencil by Jenna Talbott) with accompanying quotes and very brief biographies which occasionally have a gossipy, lurid turn towards the end (rather than being strictly professional or formal).While the layout and trappings of the book are very much traditional when it comes to the design genre, the contents are less so. The authors write very seriously about each subject, but go to extremes in pretentiousness, display of wealth/expense, and disregard for common sense. This is, truly, a satire of some of the ideals and trends in modern design magazines. The voice is snobby, dismissive of anything that is "common" or "popular" - IKEA is a common object of derision.I tried to find quotes to show some of the humor I appreciated, but nothing seemed quite right when taken out of context. You'll just have to trust me that if you're familiar at all with modern design, the current trends, and have an affectionate humor towards them, you will understand exactly why a page showing swatches of ideal shades of white for concrete - all of which are the exact same with different names - is so great. Or, perhaps, the charts to help decide which dog breed or chair style is right for you, whether you're an Artist, a Vegan, Ironic, a Thrifster, or one of several other types.It's Lonely in the Modern World did leave me with conflicting emotions at the end: on the one hand, I was thoroughly amused at the satire of the design magazines and how unrealistic they can be; on the other hand, I was totally in awe (and lust) for many of the designs included as examples, or even some of the examples from Dwell Magazine. I suppose this is the same feeling the authors have - affection for modern design, but weariness with the seriousness and expense (amongst other things) involved in doing it Perfectly.