Creating Interior Atmosphere Mise en scène and Interior Design

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-11-16
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts

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The perception of space and creation of atmosphere are central to this book. The creation of interior atmosphere is explored through the 'scenic interior' and the mise en scène, a film theory for understanding interior staging. You will learn about the principles of film mise en scène and how these principles can be applied to interior settings, to help tell the 'story' of the interior and create a complete atmosphere that is an immersive experience.

Packed with inspiring examples and case studies, ranging from film interiors, architectural and art installations, to the work of notable interior designers, stylists and architects with an interior interest, this book broadens current thinking around the design of the interior.

This book also re-addresses the balance in favor of interior decoration; many college courses and subsequent books address the architectural aspect of interior design but this book is ideal for students learning to embrace how specific effects can be achieved through the use of softer decorative techniques.

Author Biography

Jean Whitehead is Senior Lecturer in Interior Design BA (Hons) at Falmouth University, UK. Jean has an Interior Design degree from Glasgow School of Art, and a Masters in Interior Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Interior Design?
Interior architecture, interior decoration and interior brand-scapes
Interior theories

1. What's in a Room? The Principles of Mise-en-Scène
Interior decoration and the creation of atmosphere
Film mise-en-scène
What is narrative?
Interior mise-en-scène
Case studies
Design exercises

2. The Interior Setting
What is a setting?
The physical environment – the 'skin'
What is a decorative style?
Case studies
Design Exercises

3. The Interior 'Prop'
What is a 'Prop ?'
Props and atmosphere
Case studies
Design Exercises

4. Interior Space and Experience
Perceptions of space
Spatial order
Spatial experience
Case study
Case study
Design exercises

5. Interior lighting
Introducing lighting
Lighting and atmosphere
Lighting psychology
Case studies
Design Exercises

6. Interior Colour
Introducing colour
Colour and atmosphere
Colour psychology
Case studies
Design Exercises

Further resources
Picture credits

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