Materiality and Interior Construction

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Wiley, Jun 9, 2011 - Architecture - 432 pages
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A comprehensive reference of materials for interior designersand architects

Choosing the right material for the right purpose is acritical—and often overlooked—aspect in the largercontext of designing buildings and interior spaces. When specifiedand executed properly, materials support and enhance a project'soverall theme, and infuse interior space with a solid foundationthat balances visual poetry and functionality.

Materiality and Interior Construction imparts essentialknowledge on how materials contribute to the construction andfabrication of floors, partitions, ceilings, and millwork, withthorough coverage of the important characteristics and propertiesof building materials and finishes. Individual coverage of the keycharacteristics of each material explores the advantages anddisadvantages of using specific materials and constructionassemblies, while helping readers discover how to make everybuilding element count. In addition, Materiality and InteriorConstruction:

  • Is highly illustrated throughout to show material properties andbuilding assemblies

  • Supplies rankings and information on the "green" attributes ofeach material so that designers can make informed decisions forspecifications

  • Is organized by application for easy and quick access toinformation

  • Includes a companion website, featuring an extensive onlineimage bank of materials and assemblies

Rather than a typical catalog of materials, Materiality andInterior Construction is efficiently organized so that thereader is guided directly to the options for the location orassembly they are considering. Reliable and easy to use,Materiality and Interior Construction is a one-stop,comprehensive reference for hundreds of commonly used materials andtheir integration as building components—and an invaluableresource that every interior designer or architect should add totheir set of tools.

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About the author (2011)

Nancy Gesimondo is an Adjunct Professor at the FashionInstitute of Technology in New York City. She has taught designstudio and materials courses in various Interior Design programsfor ten years. She is currently the principal of a high-endresidential design practice in New York City.

Jim Postell is an Associate Professor in the College ofDesign, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University ofCincinnati. He has taught design studio and seminar courses fortwenty-five years and maintains an active design practice. He isthe author of Furniture Design, published by Wiley.

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