If you are attracted to the look of pared-back modernism but rue the lack of money and a hip facade, this book’s for you. It’s Lonely in the Modern World is a tongue-in-chic poke at the pretentions of modernism.
Authors Talbott and Quinn created the popular website, Unhappy Hipsters. They borrow slick pics from Dwell magazine, and supply witty new captions designed to deliver “a kick to the groin of misappropriated modernism”.
Anyone who browses Dwell - or other books and magazines devoted to modernism - learns that it is rife with clichés and rules. There are materials favoured whether or not the application is practical. There are vacuous pronouncements from design gurus and, of course, all the right designer labels.
It’s great fodder for satire. The authors will make you think twice about a passion for concrete countertops, exposed ductwork and plywood. You will learn how to eco-speak and choose the right canine for your lifestyle.
Is there is someone lurking about your life dressed in black, wearing young architect’s glasses and a discreet (but edgy) tattoo?
They’ll love it too.