Living for Today by Karen Fisher

Living for Today by Karen Fisher

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New York : The Viking Press, 1972. First Edition. Hardcover. 112 pages ; photographs ; 25 cm. $14.95 dust jacket with minimal wear. Light foxing to the last few pages in this book lower right hand corner. Pages are unmarked. Binding is firm.


The confined, transient nature of the modern urban world of the two-year lease creates special needs in interior design. Employing a problem-solving approach, Living for Today examines the ways in which changing life styles have brought about revolutionary changes in decorating. The need to transcend the rigid limitations of living space has emphasized a need for rooms that will serve more than one purpose. The book proposes numerous ways to transform box-like spaces into total environments that form an appropriate background to modern living. Photographs show how rooms may be made imaginatively multifunctional by the use of owner-designed furniture and constructions, and suggest ways in which spaces may be visually redefined and enlarged by the use of graphics, color, light projection, and trompe I'oeil effects.

Although basically aimed at the apartment-dweller, the examples shown include everything from town houses to basements, attics, and lofts, and the author in each case analyzes the results and the ways in which they were achieved. The emphasis is on lively, low-budget, high-style ideas that can be accomplished without extravagant expenditures of time or money—ideas that might well be used by the suburban home-owner as well as the city-dweller.

KAREN FISHER has lived in New York for ten years, and during that time she has moved five times. A native of St. Louis, she attended Mexico City College and graduated from the School of General Studies of Columbia University. After a series of odd jobs which kept her going until she finished her education, Miss Fisher joined the staff of Women's Wear Daily. Her next job was with Home Furnishings Daily, where she was a design editor, and she is now Decorating Editor of Cosmopolitan magazine.

During her peregrinations from apartment to apartment as rents went up and buildings came down around her, Miss Fisher dispensed with the conventional decorating ideas that had characterized her childhood background in St. Louis and found a new approach to turning rented spaces into a livable environment. Her solutions are the result of experience; much of the furniture in her own apartment consists of expendable plywood constructions designed by herself and personalized by the addition of treasured artworks and mementos that go with her when she moves.


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