A history of interior design

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Laurence King Publishing, 2005 - Interior architecture - 464 pages
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Now in its second edition, 'A history of interior design' delivers the inside story on 6,000 years of personal and public space. John Pile acknowledges that interior design is a field with unclear boundaries, in which construction, architecture, the arts and crafts, technology and product design all overlap. These topics are woven together in a fascinating narrative that runs from cave dwellings and temple architecture, through Gothic cathedrals and Renaissance palaces on to the grand civic spaces of the nineteenth century and the sleek interiors of modern skyscrapers.Embedded in a social and political context, detailed discussions of famous buildings, from the Parthenon to the Pompidou Centre, are interspersed with investigations of the domestic vernacular - the cottages, farmhouses, apartments and city terraces inhabited by ordinary people. New to the second edition is a chapter looking at the interior design history of Asian and Islamic traditions. There are 180 new images throughout the book, including furniture, textiles, lighting and product design.
 

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Comprehensive view of the Interior Design History and Profession. John Pile is an accomplished writer in several areas of history and theory of design and in drawing interiors and this book is a valuable reference. Reading is open to any discipline with architectural terms explained within the context. 

Contents

Preface
10
Pattern and Design
17
Ancient Egypt
25
Greece
31
Rome
37
Technology
46
The Ravenna Mosaics
52
islamic and Asian Traditions
69
The Regency Revivals and Industrial
229
The Victorian Era
247
The Aesthetic Movements
267
Art Nouveau and the Vienna
283
Eclecticism
301
The Emergence of Modernism
323
Art Deco and Industrial Design
349
The Spread of Early Modernism
363

The Later Middle Ages
99
The Renaissance in Italy
121
Baroque and Rococo in Italy
145
Renaissance Baroque and Rococo
163
Renaissance to Georgian in The
189
Colonial and Federal America
209
The Ascendancy of Modernism
387
Contemporary Design
407
Green berg
421
Glossary
440
Index
453
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