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Emilie Appercé on Vom möblierten Zimmer bis zur Wohnung

Sonja Flury on Vom möblierten Zimmer bis zur Wohnung

14 November, 2021

Full of whimsical illustrations and street-smart comments by Swiss architect Berta Rahm, this book on how to furnish apartments is a testament to a time when progressive young women could rent (and appropriate) their own apartment, but naturally were expected to marry, pay a dowry and buy long-lasting furniture with their husbands.

It is a sort of guide-book that is structured according to the stages a young reader goes through, once he (and explicitly she) has moved out from the parental home into the city. It starts with cheap and inventive DIY-tips to turn a grandmotherly furnished rental apartment into a hip single-person flat, ready even for hosting guests (a drawer stuck upside-down in a cupboard can serve as a table!) and ends with tips for the the newly-wed couple moving in together for the first time on how to distinguish durable, well-made furniture from fashionable faux-pas.

Berta Rahm published “Vom möblierten Zimmer bis zur Wohnung: Anregungen für das Einrichten von Einzelräumen und Wohnungen” when she was 37 years old, single and living in her own apartment.

Sonja Flury on Vom möblierten Zimmer bis zur Wohnung

Full of whimsical illustrations and street-smart comments by Swiss architect Berta Rahm, this book on how to furnish apartments is a testament to a time when progressive young women could rent (and appropriate) their own apartment, but naturally were expected to marry, pay a dowry and buy long-lasting furniture with their husbands. It is a […]