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Slow House

Slow House

Fixtures, Features, Masters, Neighbors, and a Year in Pursuit of a Better American Home

Thomas de Monchaux

Metropolitan Books

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A New Yorker contributor and architect recounts a year in the making—and unmaking—of one American home, showing how our houses can be better places: not bigger and costlier, but more meaningful and helpful.

When Thomas de Monchaux—trained as an architect, son and brother of architects—agreed to help a friend design a house for his father-in- law, he stumbled into a world of house-building. In this world, the conventions of the mortgage, homebuilding, and televised decoration industries have bloated and distorted our houses away from authenticity, comfort, thrift and heart: ever bigger boxes made of ticky-tacky, with, strangely, no space to put stuff and no place to go.

After the pair's first plans for a perfect house on a hillside half-acre of rural Michigan are thrown out for not conforming to the rules of the local homeowners' association, they go back to the drawing board. Nine more times. And then they go astray. Slow House uses each of these nine designs to illuminate a different lesson about why our houses are too fast, and how—with grace, humor, and insight—we can make our homes slower.

Just as a new consciousness has dawned about how the food we eat changes our bodies and reaches our kitchen table, Slow House brings that awareness to the kitchen table itself, to the kitchen, to its walls and windows, and all the ancient values of shelter.

About the author

Thomas de Monchaux

Thomas de Monchaux is an architect from a family of architects who has written on the subject for the New Yorker, the New York Times, and n+1. He teaches architecture at Columbia University and received the Winterhouse Award for Design Writing and Criticism. When he visits your home, he rearranges your furniture in his head.

Thomas de Monchaux

Thomas De Monchaux's faculty profile at Columbia

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