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A History of Interior Design

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2023-09-20
  • Publisher: Wiley

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A History of Interior Design tells the story of 6,000 years of domestic and public space. It’s an essential resource for students, professionals, and anyone interested in interior design, the decorative arts, architecture, and art history. It explores a broad range of styles and movements, weaving together a fascinating narrative from cave dwellings and temple architecture, through Gothic cathedrals and Islamic palaces, to modern skyscrapers and the retail spaces of the 21st-century.

This fully updated fifth edition includes:

  • More on the contributions of women designers and architects
  • Additional coverage of furniture, product design, and decoration
  • Numerous new examples of diverse modern styles from around the world
  • Over 700 images, more than 300 of which are new or color replacements for black and white photos
  • An extra final chapter focusing on the influence of the latest technology and current thinking on the importance of conservation and ethical sourcing

Author Biography

John Pile was Professor of Design at the renowned Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, for most of this career. He was the author of twelve books on furniture, color, office planning, and other aspects of interior design. Pile started teaching interior and industrial design in 1948 and was a practicing interior designer and design consultant who worked for many prestigious firms including Knoll International, George Nelson, and Donald Deskey Associates. He died in November 2007.

Judith Gura was a professor of design history and theory, directing the design history program at the New York School of Interior Design. She was the author of critically praised books on interior design, Scandinavian furniture, and furniture styles. She died in April 2020.

Drew Plunkett was Head of the Department of Interior Design at the Glasgow School of Art and has practiced as an interior designer based in London and Glasgow. He is also an exhibitor and curator, and the author of several books on interior design.

Table of Contents

Preface 10

Introduction Designing Interiors 12

1 Prehistory to Early Civilizations 19

2 Classical Civilizations: Greece and Rome 37

3 Early Christian, Byzantine, and Romanesque 55

4 Islamic and Asian Traditions 77

5 The Later Middle Ages 109

6 The Renaissance in Italy 131

7 Baroque and Rococo iin Italy and Northern Europe 155

8 Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo in France and Spain 173

9 Renaissance to Georgian in the Low Countries and England 199

10 Colonial and Federal America 219

11 The Regency, Greek Revival, and the Industrial Revolution 239

12 The Victorian Era 249

13 The Aesthetic Movements 267

14 Eclecticism and a New World 279

15 Art Nouveau and the Viennese Secession 297

16 The Emergence of Modernism 315

17 Modernism 331

18 Art Deco 347

19 Modernist Design in Europe 371

20 Modernist Design in the United States 381

21 The Post-War World 1945–80 397

22 Postmodernism 421

23 Computers, Conservation, and Moral Concerns 443

Glossary 462

Bibliography 468

Picture Credits 474

Index 478

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