The Elements of a Home

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Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Object, from Pillows to Forks

Brimming with amusing anecdotes and absorbing trivia, this captivating collection is a treasure trove of curiosities. With tales from the kitchen, the bedroom, and every room in between, these pages expose how napkins got their start as lumps of dough in ancient Greece, why forks were once seen as immoral tools of the devil, and how Plato devised one of the earliest alarm clocks using rocks and water—plus so much more. As a design historian and former managing editor of Design*Sponge, author Amy Azzarito has crafted an engaging, whimsical history of the household objects you've never thought twice about.

  • Hardcover
  • Size: 6.2" x 8.2" x 0.8"
  • 224 pages
  • Published by Chronicle Books
  • Illustrated by Alice Pattullo
  • Written by Amy Azzarito

The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Object, from Pillows to Forks by Amy Azzarito