Art: Furniture in Capsules

In a brand-new portable house in Portsmouth, Va.—it was one of a colony of 5,000 built for workers at nearby Norfolk Navy Yard—workmen unpacked four packing boxes, removed 138 odd-shaped pieces of laminated plywood. Then they went to work with screwdrivers. In a little over 15 minutes they had assembled: three beds, five chairs, 17 clothes compartments, two bookcases, four tables, a desk, odd stools, cabinets, utility bins, etc. The four-room house was furnished and ready to be lived in. For the first time a portable house had been completely equipped with demountable...

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