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History of Interior Design

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The first major survey text on interior design for over a decade, 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 onto the grand civic spaces of the nineteenth century and the sleek interiors of modern sky-scrapers.

Embedded in a social and political context, detailed discussions of famous buildings, from the Parthenon to the Pompidou Center, are interspersed with investigations of the domestic vernacular ? the cottages, farmhouses, apartments, and city terraces inhabited by ordinary people. Primary source quotations are used to provide contemporary perspectives on a wide variety of interior settings.

With 400 illustrations, 200 in color

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Pile (former professor of design at Pratt Institute) delivers the inside story on 6,000 years of personal and public space. Acknowledging that interior design is a field with unclear boundaries in which construction, architecture, the arts and crafts, technology, and product design all overlap, he weaves together a narrative that ranges from cave dwellings to the sleek interiors of modern skyscrapers. Embedded in a social and political context, discussions of famous buildings are interspersed with investigations of the cottages, farmhouses, apartments and city terraces inhabited by ordinary people. Beautifully illustrated with 400 photographs, 200 of which are in color. Oversize: 9x11.25<">.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements, and individual artistic contributions. It also reflects the influence of international political and social developments. A basic understanding of this history is important for professional designers who look to the past for inspiration.

About the Author

John Pile was Professor of Design at the renowned

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, for most of his teaching career. He is the author of twelve books on furniture, color, draughtsmanship, office planning, and other aspects of interior design.

Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

1. Prehistory to Early Civilizations.

Prehistoric Interiors.

Archeological Evidence.

The First Shelters.

Dolmens and Barrows.

Evidence from Tribal Cultures.

Pattern and Design.

The First Permanent Settlements.

Mesopotamia: Sumeria.

Ancient Egypt.

Geometry and Proportion.

Egyptian Temples and Houses.

Egyptian Furniture and Other Interior Furnishings.

Pre-Columbian America.

2. Classical Civilizations: Greece and Rome.

Minoan and Mycenaean Cultures.

Knossos.

Mycenae and Tiryns.

Greece.

The Temple.

Secular Interiors.

INSIGHTS: THE GROWTH OF ATHENS.

Rome.

Arches, Vaults, and Domes.

Amphitheaters and Baths.

Temples.

Secular Buildings.

INSIGHTS: THE COST OF LIVING IN ANCIENT ROME.

Furniture and Other Interior Furnishings.

The Legacy of Rome: Technology.

3. Early Christian, Byzantine, and Romanesque.

Early Christian Design.

Byzantine Design.

INSIGHTS: THE RAVENNA MOSAICS.

Ravenna.

Constantinople.

Hagia Sophia.

Secular Buildings.

Early Medieval: The "Dark Ages".

The Romanesque Style.

Churches.

Germany.

Italy.

France.

England.

Scandinavia.

Fortresses and Castles.

Monasteries and Abbeys.

INSIGHTS: THE ABBEY AT CLUNY.

Houses.

Furniture and Other Interior Furnishings.

Islamic Influence in Spain.

The Mosque in Spain.

Moorish Elements in Spanish Romanesque.

4. Islamic and Asian Traditions.

Islamic Influence.

Mosques and Palaces.

Islamic Influence in Spain.

The Mosque in Spain.

Islamic Furnishings.

India and Pakistan.

Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain Architecture.

Hindu Religious and Secular Buildings.

Jain Architecture.

Northern and Southern Styles of Temple.

Islamic Influence in India.

INSIGHTS: BERNIER'S ACCOUNT OF THE TAJ MAHAL.

Indian Furnishings.

Western Influence.

Cambodia.

Java.

Thailand.

China.

Chinese Architecture.

Chinese Furnishings.

Korea.

Japan.       

Japanese Furnishings.

5. The Later Middle Ages.

Elements of Gothic Style.

New Construction Techniques.

Gothic Cathedrals and Churches.

France.

England.

Elsewhere in Europe.

Secular Gothic Buildings.

INSIGHTS: CONSTRUCTION WORK IN A MEDIEVAL BUILDING.

Castles and Palaces.

Medieval Houses.

Innovations in Domestic Comfort.

6. The Renaissance in Italy.

The Rise of Humanism.

Renaissance Interest in History.

Elements of Renaissance Style.

The Early Renaissance.

Brunelleschi.

Michelozzo.

Alberti.

The High Renaissance.

Bramante.

Palaces.

INSIGHTS: VASARI'S ACCOUNT OF THE FARNESE PALACE.

The Late Renaissance and Mannerism.

Michelangelo.

Romano.

Palladio.

Vignola.

Interior Furnishings.

Furniture.

Coverings.

7. Baroque and Rococo in Italy and Northern Europe.

Elements of Baroque Style.

The Baroque in Italy.

Rome.

Bernini.

Borromini.

Venice.

Longhena.

Turin.

Guarini.

Juvarra.

Baroque in Northern Europe.

Austria.

Switzerland.

Germany.

Furniture and Other Interior Features.

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

France.

Early Renaissance.

High Renaissance.

Baroque.

Versailles.

INSIGHTS: LOUIS XIV AND VERSAILLES.

Louvre.

Baroque Churches.

Furniture and Furnishings.

Regency to Rococo.

Paris H"tells.

The Petit Trianon.

Regency and Rococo Furniture.

Rococo to Neoclassicism.

The Empire Style.

INSIGHTS: THE EMPIRE STYLE.

Provincial Style.

Spain.

Plateresco.

Desornamentado.

Churrigueresco.

Furniture and Other Interior Features.

9. Renaissance to Georgian in The Low Countries and England.

Low Countries.

Civic Buildings.

Private Dwellings.

England.

Tudor.

Elizabethan.

Elizabethan Furniture.

Jacobean.

Jones.

Jacobean Interior Furnishings.

From Carolean to William and Mary.

Wren.

Carolean and William and Mary Interior Furnishings.

Queen Anne.

Queen Anne Furniture.

Georgian.

Robert and James Adam.

INSIGHTS: ROBERT ADAM AND SYON HOUSE.

Georgian Town Houses.

Other Building Types.

Georgian Furniture and Interior Furnishings.

10. Colonial and Federal America.

Colonial Styles in Latin America.

Colonial Styles in North America.

Early Colonial Houses.

Early Colonial Furniture and Interior Furnishings.

Churches and Meeting Houses.

American Georgian.

American Georgian Houses.

American Georgian and Queen Anne Furniture.

Late Colonial Public Buildings.

Federal Styles.

Jefferson.

Bulfinch.

Thornton and Latrobe

Furniture of the Federal Period.

Other Furnishings of the Federal Period.

11. The Regency, Revivals, and Industrial Revolution

Regency.

Nash.

Soane.

Regency Furniture

Revivals.

Greek Revival

Germany.

England.

United States.

Gothic Revival.

United States.

England.

The Industrial Revolution.

Early Industrialization and Inventions.

Industry and Interiors.

Iron and Glass.

England: Paxton.

INSIGHTS: THE PUBLIC'S PERCEPTION OF CRYSTAL PALACE.

France: Labrouste, Baltard, and Eiffel.

12. The Victorian Era.

The Roots of Victorian Style.

Britain.

Mansions.

Middle-class Houses and Public Buildings.

Shaw and the Queen Anne Revival.

United States: Victorian Variations.

Mansions.

Vernacular House Styles.

Shingle Style.

Adirondack Style.

Shaker Design.

INSIGHTS: THE SHAKER PHILOSOPHY.

Early Skyscrapers.

Public Buildings.

Furness.

Furniture and Other Interior Furnishings.

13. The Aesthetic Movements.

Britain: Arts and Crafts.

Ruskin and the Roots of Arts and Crafts.

Morris.

Webb.

Other British Designers.

INSIGHTS: ROSSETTI AND THE AESTHETIC HOUSE.

Links to Modernism.

Voysey.

Mackmurdo.

Mackintosh.

United States: The Craftsman Movement.

Stickley and the Roycrofters.

Bradley.

Richardson.

Greene & Green and Maybeck.

Developments in Continental Europe.

Germany: Muthesius.

The Netherlands: Berlage.

14. Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secession.

Roots and Characteristics of Art.

Nouveau.

Belgium.

Horta.

INSIGHTS: VICTOR HORTA AND ART NOUVEAU.

Van de Velde.

France.

The School of Nancy.

Guimard.

Other French Designers.

Spain.

Gaudí.

Germany: Jugendstil.

Endell.

Riemerschmid and Behrens.

Scandinavia.

Austria: The Vienna Secession.

Olbrich.

Wagner.

INSIGHTS: OTTO WAGNER AND "MODERN ARCHITECTURE".

Hoffmann.

Loos.

United States.

Tiffany.

Sullivan.

15. Eclecticism.

The Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

United States.

Key Architects and Designers.

Hunt.

McKim, Mead, & White.

Public Buildings.

Early Skyscrapers.

The Rise of the Interior Decorator.

De Wolfe.

Wood.

McMillen.

Other American Decorators.

Eclecticism in Professional Practice.

Saarinen and Cranbrook Academy.

Stripped Classicism.

Eclecticism for the Masses.

Houses and Apartments.

Furniture and Accessories.

Movie Theaters.

Europe.

Scandinavia.

Britain.

Lutyens.

INSIGHTS: SIR EDWIN LUTYENS AND THE VICEROY'S HOUSE IN NEW DELHI.

Ocean Liners.

The Spread of Eclecticism.

16. The Emergence of Modernism.

Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Early Commissions.

INSIGHTS: THE PHILOSOPHY OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

De Stijl.

Mondrian and van Doesburg.

Rietveld.

Pioneers of the International Style.

Gropius and the Bauhaus.

Mies van der Rohe.

Work of the 1920s and 1930s.

INSIGHTS: MIES VAN DER ROHE: THE TUGENDHAT HOUSE.

Emigration to the United States.

Later Commissions.

Le Corbusier.

Paris: Developing the Machine Aesthetic.

Early Houses, Villas, and Apartments.

INSIGHTS: THE PHILOSOPHY OF LE CORBUSIER.

Town Planning.

Post-War Years.

Late Commissions.

Aalto.

INSIGHTS: THE VISION OF ALVAR AALTO.

17. Art Deco and Industrial Design.

Art Deco.

France.

Furniture Designers.

Textile Design.

Ocean Liners.

United States.

Designers from Europe.

Deco Architecture.

Britain.

Scandinavia.

Industrial Design.

Loewy and Other Designers.

Design Training.

Residential Design.

Kitchens and Bathrooms.

Lighting.

Textiles, Carpets, and Furniture.

18. The Spread of Early Modernism in Europe.

The Netherlands.

Germany and Austria.

Italy.

Switzerland.

France.

Scandinavia.

England.

19. Modernism in America.

Architects and Designers.

Gill.

Wright: 1920s and 1930s.

Schindler and Neutra.

Lescaze.

Goodwin and Stone.

Gropius and Breuer.

Mies van der Rohe.

Johnson.

Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill.

Eero Saarinen.

Interior Decoration: The Reaction to Modernism.

Furniture and other Interior Furnishings.

Knoll.

Herman Miller Furniture Company.

20. The Ascendency of Modernism.

Italy 328.

INSIGHTS: GIO PONTI: PIRELLI TOWER.

Scandinavia.

France.

Germany.

The Netherlands.

Britain.

United States.

Urban Office Buildings.

Office Planning.

Office Furniture.

Interior Designers.

Furniture and Other Interior Furnishings.

Textiles.

21. Contemporary Design.

Prophets of Future Design.

Kahn.

Pelli.

High-tech.

Fuller.

INSIGHTS: ROGERS AND PIANO AND THE CENTRE POMPIDOU.

Rogers and Piano.

Foster.

Stirling.

INSIGHTS: JAMES STIRLING.

Post-modernism.

Venturi and Scott Brown.

Graves.

Johnson.

Post-modernism in Europe.

The Revival of Tradition.

Greenberg.

Stern.

Late Modernism.

Pei.

Gwathmey and Meier.

Individual Stylists.

Starck.

Putman.

Deconstructivism.

Eisenman.

Gehry.

Other Trends.

East-West Crossovers.

Preservation.

Green Buildings.

A New Century.

Glossary.

Bibliography.

Picture Credits.

Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780471356660
Author:
Pile, John
Publisher:
Wiley
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Interior Design
Subject:
History
Subject:
Interior decoration
Subject:
Decoration & Ornament
Subject:
Interior Design - General
Copyright:
Series Volume:
no. 97-846
Publication Date:
20040827
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
11.32x8.93x1.20 in. 3.50 lbs.

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