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A History of Interior Designby John F Pile
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A History of Interior Design
In its first edition this major survey on interior design by John Pile won the 2001 ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) Educational Foundation/Joel Polsky Prize. 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 vernacularóthe 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.
New to the Second Edition
In this edition John Pile has included a new chapter looking at the interior design history of Asian and Islamic traditions. The Various paths along which design developed in India, China, Korea, and Japan are explored, together with a survey of developments in Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Islamic design is discussed in the context of its wide-ranging religious and cultural significance. New Material has also been added on Pre-Columbian design history.
The depth of John Pile's survey of interior design is also increased with the addition of 180 new images throughout the book, including furniture, textiles, lighting, and product design.
Finally, this new edition is completed with some examples of new work from across the globe that show how the constantly accelerating pace of development in scientific and technical fields has brought about new directions in interior design history.
With 625 illustrations, 275 in colour.
Book News Annotation:
New to the second edition of this textbook is a chapter on Islamic and Asian traditions of interior design which includes discussion of trends India and Pakistan, Cambodia, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Korea, and Japan as well as the major monuments of Islamic art, such as the Taj Mahal and the Alhambra. The second edition also contains about 150 new illustrations; expanded coverage of lighting, textiles, and product design; and a few new pages on recent trends, including east-west design and green buildings. Pile (formerly design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY) provides students with a text that is engaging and informative of the styles and technology employed to decorate interior spaces from ancient times through the present.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements and the international political and social developments that have informed or challenged its evolution.This lavishly illustrated book will be of interest to anyone who appreciates interior design as well as antiques, furniture design, textiles, decorative objects and the general evolution of the space where we work and live.
The new edition contains 150 new photos, 35 new line drawings, 32 more pages, making it more lavish than the first. A companion web site filled with even more images is also new to this edition and offers great value.
This new edition of the standard historical survey on interior design offers more material than ever before on furniture, textiles and decorative ornaments, and non-Western interiors, as well as updated information on new developments, including work that uses the latest techniques. This Second Edition presents interior design within the context of sociology, politics, economics, geography and other arts (including architecture).
About the Author
John Pile was Professor of Design at the renowned Pratt institute, Brooklyn, for most of his teaching career He is the award-winning author of twelve books on furniture, color, drafting, office planning, and other aspects of interior design.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Prehistory to Early Civilizations.
Chapter 2: Classical Civilizations: Greece and Rome.
Chapter 3: Early Christian, Byzantine, and Romanesque.
Chapter 4: Islamic and Asian Traditions.
Chapter 5: The Later Middle Ages.
Chapter 6: The Renaissance in Italy.
Chapter 7: Baroque and Rococo in Italy and Northern Europe.
Chapter 8: Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo in France and Spain.
Chapter 9: Renaissance to Georgian in The Low Countries and England.
Chapter 10: Colonial and Federal America.
Chapter 11: The Regency, Revivals, and Industrial Revolution.
Chapter 12: The Victorian Era.
Chapter 13: The Aesthetic Movements.
Chapter 14: Art Nouveau and the Vienna Secession.
Chapter 15: Eclecticism.
Chapter 16: The Emergence of Modernism.
Chapter 17: Art Deco and Industrial Design.
Chapter 18: The Spread of Early Modernism in Europe.
Chapter 19: Modernism in America.
Chapter 20: The Ascendancy of Modernism.
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