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Interior Design and Architexture: Critical and Primary Sources offers a comprehensive collection of reference essential to anyone wishing to gain a critical understanding of interior design. Gathering historical and contemporary texts from a wide-ranging number of sources, the volumes provide a key resource in understanding and studying the past and future directions of interior design.

The four volumes  bring together over 100 essays and papers from Asia, Europe and North  America, covering disciplinary origins in decoration and furnishing,  through to recent enquiry into digital interactive spaces and virtual  environments. The range of historical, theoretical and methodological  approaches examines the social formation and spatial arrangements of  interiors as they shift from the sensuous and emotive to the spatial  politics of homogenised modernist terrain.

Ordered thematically,  the volumes cover Design Awareness, Sensory Expectation, Cinematic  Engagement and Public Interaction. Each volume is separately introduced  and the essays structured into coherent sections on specific themes.

Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources will prove a major scholarly resource for researchers involved in the study of the interior.


Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources is  a multi-volume work of reference that gathers over 100 historical and  contemporary texts critical to understanding both the past and future  directions of interior design.

About the Author

Mark Taylor is Professor of  Architecture at University of Newcastle, Australia. His research is  widely published in journals and books and he is editor of Surface Consciousness and co-editor with Julieanna Preston of Intimus: Interior Design Theory Reader.

Table of Contents


Introduction, Mark Taylor

Part One: Aesthetic and Scientific Advice

Hints on Household Taste in Furniture, Upholstery and Other Details, Charles Eastlake, 1868

The Art of Decoration, Mary Eliza Haweis, 1881

Employment for Girls: House Decoration, Agnes Garrett, 1888

How to Decorate a House, Mrs Oscar Wilde, 1895

'Decorators  may be Compared to Doctors', An analysis of Rhoda and Agnes Garrett's  'Suggestions for House Decoration in Painting, Woodwork and Furniture'  (1896), Emma Ferry, 2003

Edith Wharton, 'The Decoration of Houses', and Gender in Turn-of-the-Century-America, Vanessa Chase, 1996

The House Beautiful: A Reconstruction of Oscar Wilde's American Lecture, Kevin H. F. O'Brien, 1974

The House in Good Taste, Elsie de Wolfe, 1913

Efficient Housekeeping, Christine Frederick, 1915

The Art of the House, Rosamund Marriott Watson, 1897

Part Two: Modernity and Designed Interiors

The  New Interior Decoration: An Introduction to its Principles, and  International Survey of its Methods, Dorothy Todd and Raymond Mortimer,  1929

The Personality of the House, Emily Post, 1930

Louis-Philippe or the Interior, Walter Benjamin, 1935

The  Bachelor Pad as Cultural Icon Masculinity, Consumption and Interior  Design in American Men's Magazines, 1930-65, Bill Osgerby, 2005

Playboy's Penthouse Apartment, Playboy, 1956

Public Interiors, Misha Black, 1960

Interior Design, Dianna Rowntree, 1964

Billy Baldwin Decorates, Billy Baldwin, 1972

Part Three: Political Intentions

'Out of my Kitchen!' Architecture, Gender and Domestic Efficiency, Irene Cieraad, 2002

Two Utopian feminists and their Campaigns for Kitchenless Houses, Dolores Hayden, 1978

Intrusion and Reconfiguration in Occupied Territories, Terry Meade, 2007

Curtain Wars: Architects, Decorators, and the 20th-Century Domestic Interior, Joel Sanders, 2002

'Closets, Clothes, Disclosure', Henry Urbach, 1996

Interiors, District Six, c 1950, Shamil Jeppe, 1998

Part Four: Theoretical Formulations

Surface Effects: Borromini, Semper, Loos, Andrew Benjamin, 2006

Diagramming the Interior, Mark Taylor, 2010

The System of Objects, Jean Baudrillard, 1996

The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard, 1958

Occupations of Interior Surface, Julieanna Preston, 2009


Introduction, Mark Taylor

Part One: Home

Interiors: nineteenth-century essays on the 'masculine' and the 'feminine' room, Juliet Kinchin, 1996

Apartment Stories: City and Home in Nineteenth-Century Paris and London, Sharon Marcus, 1999

A/Partments, Mark Rakatansky, 1998

Inside Fear: Secret Places and Hidden Spaces in Dwellings, Anne Troutman, 1997

Part Two: Interiority

Art Nouveau in France: Politics, Psychology, and Style, Debora L. Silverman, 1989

Boredom and Bedroom: The Suppression of the Habitual, Georges Teyssot, 1996

Psyche and Sympathy: Staging Interiority in the early Modern Home, Susan Sidlauskas, 1996

Part Three: Seduction and Sensation

La Petit Maison, Jean-François de Bastide, 1879

The Genius of Architecture; or, the Analogy of that Art with Our Sensations, Nicolas le Camus de Mézières, 1780

The Velvet Touch: Fashion, Furniture, and the Fabric of the Interior, Freyja Hartzell, 2009

The Female Philosophe in the Closet: The Cabinet and the Senses in French Erotic Novels, 1740-1800, Diane Berrett Brown, 2009

'Ce Lieu de delices: Art and Imitation in the French Libertine Cabinet', Paul J. Young, 2008

Part Four: Culture and Identity

Home Territories: Media, Identity and Mobility, David Morley, 2000

'Furnished  in English Style: Anglicization of local elite domestic interiors in  Ceylon (Sri Lanka), c1850-1910', Robin D Jones, 2004

A life of Longing behind the Bedroom Door: Adolescent Space and the Makings of Private Identity, Jo Croft, 2006

Culture and Comfort: Parlour Making and Middle-class Identity 1850-1930, Katherine Grier, 1997

The Domestic Interior and the Construction of Self: The New York Homes of Elsie de Wolfe, Penny Sparke, 2004

Woman's Domestic Body: The Conceptual Conflation of Women and Interiors in the Industrial Age, Beverly Gordon, 1996

Designing Women: Gender, Sexuality and the Interior Decorator, c. 1890-1940, Peter McNeil, 1994

'The Importance of Not Being Ernest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People', Paulette Singley, 1998

.A Queer Analysis of Eileen Gray's E 1027, Katarina Bonnevier, 2005

The Traditional Malay Architecture: between aesthetics and symbolism, Mohd Sabrizaa Abd Rashid and Sufian Che Amat, 2008


Introduction, Mark Taylor

Part One: Filmic Space

The Office: 1950 to the Present, Christopher Budd, 2001

Atlas of Emotion: Journeys in Art, Architecture, and Film, Giuliana Bruno, 2002

Walls Have Feelings: Architecture, Film and the City, Katherine Shonfield, 2000

'Anthropology at Home': Domestic Interiors in British Film and Fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, Rod Mengham, 2006

Pandora: Topographies of the Mask and Curiosity, Laura Mulvey, 1992

Close Encounter, Withdrawn Effects, Simone Brott, 2008

On Location: The Imagined Private Interior in Public Life, Gini Lee, 2009

Part Two: Literary Inscriptions

The Interior as Aesthetic Refuge: Edmond de Goncourt's La maison d'un artiste, Diana Periton, 2004

Eros & Psyche: The Representation of Personality in Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and George Eliot, Karen Chase, 1984

Reading the House: A Literary Perspective, Kathy Mezei and Chiara Briganti, 2002

Professional Domesticity in the Victorian Novel: Women Work and Home, Monica F Cohen, 1998

1Mistress of the House: Women of Property in the Victorian Novel, Tim Dolin, 1997

1A Rebours, J K Huysmans, 1884

1Virginia Woolf: The Frames of Art and Life, C Ruth Miller, 1989

1Troubled Places: Domestic Space in Graphic Novels, Jeff Adams, 2006

1Plainwork (Writing), Linda Marie Walker, 2005

Part Three: Artistic Practice

The Subversive Hearth: The Installation of the Domiciled Artist, Margaret Baguley, 2003

Lived Perspectives: The Art of the French Nineteenth Century Interior, Francesca Berry, 2006

1Maisons d'artistes: Sympathetic Frame and Wandering Aesthetic, Georgina Downey, 2010

Jen-Michel Frank: The Surrealist Interior, Pierre-Emmanuel Martin-Vivier, 2007

.Domestic Disturbances: Challenging the Anti-domestic Modern, Christopher Reed, 2002

The Illusory Interior, Ghislaine Wood, 2007

Part Four: Photographic Representation

Photography's Veil: Reading Gender and Loos' Interiors, Charles Rice, 2005

Master Bedrooms, Master Narratives: Home, Homosexuality and Post-War Art, Kenneth Silver, 1996

Eugène Atget and the Fin de Siècle Interior: Revelatory Excess, Katie Hartsough Brion, 2006


Introduction, Mark Taylor

Part One: Spectatorship and the Public Realm

The Mass Ornament, Siegfried Kracauer, 1995

Nationalism and Design at the End of Empire: Interior Design and the Ocean Liner, Anne Massey, 2009

"A New Era of Shopping": The Promotion of Women's Pleasure in London's West End, 1909-14, Erika D. Rappaport, 1995

The Ins and Outs of the Hall: A Parisian Example, Céline Rosselin, 1999

Ignored or Repressed: Reconstructing the Missing Interior in 'Learning from Las Vegas', Michael J Ostwald, 2010

Privacy and Supervision in the Modernised Public House 1872-1902, Fiona Fisher, 2009

Localizing  the Universal Values of Christianity in Local Church Design of  Indonesia: Towards Sustainability, Krismanto Kusbiantoro, 2010

Part Two: Exhibition and the Temporary Space

A Distorted Mirror: The Exhibition of the Herbert Ward Collection of Africana, Mary Jo Arnoldi, 1992

Between Representation and the Mirror: Tactics for Interiorisation, Suzie Attiwill, 2008

Shrines, Curiosities, and the Rhetoric of Display, Stephen Bann, 1995

Cinematic Spectatorship Before the Apparatus: The Public Taste for Reality in Fin-de-Siècle Paris, Vanessa R Schwartz, 1995

Uncertain Sights: Owen Jones' Improvements for the Crystal Palace Interior, Karen Burns, 2006

Part Three: Scenographic Space

The Pursuit of Pleasure: Gender, Space and Architecture in Regency London, Jane Rendell, 2002

 Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography, Arnold Aronson, 2005

Installing the Television Set: Popular Discourses on Television and Domestic Space, 1948-1955, Lynn Spigel, 1992

Part Four: Game Worlds and Ludic Space

 Architecture, Space and Gameplay in World of Warcraft and Battle for Middle Earth 2, Georgia Leigh McGregor, 2006

Games as Inhabited Spaces, Bernadette Flynn, 2004

Signifying Play: The Sims and the Sociology of Interior Design, Charles Paulk, 2006

The Construction of Ludic Space, Ernest Adams, 2003

Part Five: Digital and Interactive Interiors

Immaterial Culture: The Interior Environment Repositioned, Tara Roscoe, 2007

Architecture, Liquid, Gas, Ole Baumen, 2005

Terrain Vague: Interactive Space and the Housescape, Michael Weinstock, 2005

Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience and Critical Design, Anthony Dunne, 1999

General index for all four volumes

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