The practice of interior design has become ever more specialised as new technologies have expanded how designers can use light, space, colour and decoration. At the same time, the study of the interior - private, public and corporate - has become a complex field. Interior design is now a rich and sophisticated discipline which draws on many others: psychology, cultural theory, philosophy, gender studies, anthropology, and history, as well as design history, architecture, art and craft, furniture, and fashion. Interior Design presents a critical introduction to contemporary theory and practice. The book highlights the key concepts behind the study of interiors in order to present an inter-disciplinary overview of the subject. Always aware that design is a practical discipline, the book is illustrated throughout with examples and detailed case studies of interior design practice.
Clive Edwards is Professor of Design History at Loughborough University and is author of Turning Houses into Homes and The Encyclopaedia of Furnishing Textiles, Floorcoverings and Furnishings.
1. Introduction 2. The Development of the Interior 3. History and Structure of the Profession 4. The Processes of Design 5. The Process of Interior Design 6. Space 7. Colour and Colour systems 8. Light 9. Human Needs and Factors 10. Decoration and Ornament 11. Sustainability 12. Interior Elements, Materials and Furnishings 13. The Business of Interior Design Glossary Notes Bibliography Index