The Fundamentals of Interior Design

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/26/2015
  • Publisher: Fairchild Books

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The second edition of The Fundamentals of Interior Design provides a thorough introduction to the key elements of interior design and the ideas that underpin them. The book describes the entirety of the creative process, from researching initial ideas to realizing them in three-dimensional form. Throughout the text, guidelines are given to provide structure to the interior design process and the reader is encouraged to adapt and initiate methodologies to suit individual project needs. This approach is intended to give designers a belief in their own abilities, and the confidence to tackle different projects with the unique challenges that each one brings.

The book features a variety of diagrams and talking points to encourage students and practitioners to think about key issues such as understanding spatial relationships and the use of sustainable materials.

This second edition includes new case studies focusing on well-known international interior design studios, such as Conran and Partners, UK, Slade Architecture, US, Gensler, US and award winning architects Chae-Pereira in South Korea.

The introduction of interviews with contemporary interior designers allows readers an insight in to the working world of interior design.

The new projects allow students to explore what they have learned in each chapter through experimentation and these activities encourage creativity and further learning.

Author Biography

Simon Dodsworth studied at KLC School of Design, UK, where he gained an Honours Diploma in Interior Design. After graduating, he worked freelance on residential projects with established architects and also established his own design business. He was later invited to teach at KLC, where he is now Director of Interior Design.

Simon has a particular interest in some of the more technical aspects of interior design, such as materials, construction and design drawing. He is passionate about communicating all aspects of design with students, and is especially enthusiastic about the growing importance of environmental issues connected to interior design.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 The Design Process
The design process in action
Professional practice

Chapter 2 Understanding the Project
The client
The briefing
Design analysis
Building and site research

Chapter 3 Understanding the Space
Understanding spatial relationships
A typology of technical drawing

Chapter 4 Understanding Building Structures
Building construction principles
Materials for construction
Mechanical and electrical systems

Chapter 5 Organising the Space
Design development
Human dimensions and scale
Proportioning systems
Ordering systems
Inclusive design

Chapter 6 The Human Interface
Materials and finishes
The decorative scheme

Chapter 7 Sustainable Design
Climate change
Energy-saving strategies and services
Sustainability and material use

Chapter 8 Communicating Design
Telling the story
Presentation drawings
Presentation boards
Multimedia presentations

Sources of inspiration
Images sources

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