Monday, April 23, 2007

Must-Find-This-Book ... Now!


Swankola's Thrift Store Find of the Moment: Anatomy for Interior Designers by Julius Panero. The third edition was originally published 1962 (this is a 1977 reprint), but the first edition dates back to 1948. A surprisingly whimsical reference book for designers giving all kinds of useful measurements based on the human body, from the best heights for chairs, tables and kitchen cupboards to the amount of space required to kiss a lady's hand. Nino Repetto's drawings are terribly clever and witty. Stylized blob people illustrate the space requirements for all kinds of residential and commercial applications and graphically demonstrate the pitfalls of bad design -- they get crushed by file cabinet drawers, fall down stairs, and smash through plate glass windows.

5 comments:

carrie said...

this is great and so useful- i never know how much room to give someone when they kiss my hand. i especially like the "twice as large" claim on the cover. "twice as large" is a phrase you always want to work in when discussing anatomy.

Steve said...

Yeah, this book is great. My new quest is to actually find a copy!

carrie said...

how 'bout $5 used thru amazon.
http://www.amazon.com/Anatomy-Interior-Designers-Julius-Panero/dp/B000JHMN5O

Steve said...

Check you out rockin the amazon.com!

crowgirl-1 said...

Way after the post comment, just found this blog through googling my fabulous find of this book. I was so chuffed to realize that this charmingly flippant and groovily retro-sexist, yet ever so useful and entertaining text was written by the same authour as the text I just used for all my space planning classes at BCIT! One page of illustrations alone is more than worth the paltry buck I paid for it at the St Vincent de Paul thrift store. Design nerds, y'all need this book!