Straw, sticks, or brick? Structural stability versus ease of construction?
"The Three Little Pigs" has always been, at heart, a tale about architecture. Steven Guarnaccia, the chair of the illustration program at the Parsons New School, has just made that connection more explicit than usual. In his version of the story, just published by the art-book publisher Corraini (and available in both Italian and English), the three little pigs appear in the form of Le Corbusier, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Frank Gehry.
"In their famous buildings," says the publicity copy for the book, "they live among objects designed by some of the most internationally representative architects and designers. But one day the wolf pays a visit to them "
Apart from introducing children to three great modern architects, albeit with snouts, the book serves as a more general reference work on modern design, as the houses' ample furnishings are identified in a glossary.
The book is a follow-up to Guarnaccia's take of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears," in which Goldilocks discovers that the bear-chair that fits her best is a 1946 classic by Charles and Ray Eames. (Just right -- in that midcentury-modern way!)
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