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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 ge 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.


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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 ge 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.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Camille Rodriguez

    good

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    I find all of Pile's books have good information. They should be in most Interior Design and Architecture offices as a good reference guide. A great book for a student to have in their library. I find all of Pile's books have good information. They should be in most Interior Design and Architecture offices as a good reference guide. A great book for a student to have in their library.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marco Klein

    Summary of "A history of interior design" (4th edition) by John Pile and Judith Gura This is a very big book (495 pages in A4 size) with plenty of photographic reference illustrating the main points of all the topics in each chapter. It talks about interior design in the context of architectural, social and political environment. The main focus is on European history, and includes descriptions of style variations across the continent. Some superficial overview of history of other global cultures Summary of "A history of interior design" (4th edition) by John Pile and Judith Gura This is a very big book (495 pages in A4 size) with plenty of photographic reference illustrating the main points of all the topics in each chapter. It talks about interior design in the context of architectural, social and political environment. The main focus is on European history, and includes descriptions of style variations across the continent. Some superficial overview of history of other global cultures, such as America, Asia and Africa are given. The text explains the emergence of styles, trades and technologies throughout history and their impact on architecture and interior design. It mentions theoretical writings and movements throughout history (e.g. Vitruvius 10 books of architecture) and outs them into context of life at the time. In reading about the eras in consecutive order, it becomes apparent how each style was a direct reaction to the previous era. A great journey through time, with a clear red line from beginning to now, with clear writing and very descriptive language. A basic understanding of architectural terminology is required, and a helpful glossary at the end provides for most of the used technical terms. The text is well-structured. For a deeper understanding, I recommend using the internet while reading. Not all projects that are described in the text are shown in a photographic reference, so it helps to look these up while reading about them. Detailed descriptions of typical furniture and decorative elements are given along with names and lives of the most influential people in the field. A short outline of the content: Prehistoric dwellings: An overview of oldest evidence of human habitats, temporary and permanent, across the globe. Classical civilisations: Description of the emergence of the Greek and Roman civilisations, and their impact on architecture, construction and interior design. Medieval era: Several narratives, following the developments of Western (Christian) and Eastern (Islamic) developments and how they affected the built environment and visual style. Islamic and Asian history: Exploring the traditional architecture of Orient and Asia in the context of culture and religion. Renaissance: An overview of the re-emergence of classical order in architecture, and the gradual shift into Baroque and Rococo forms. Colonial & Federal in the US: A chapter that explains how architectural styles emigrated from Europe to the Americas and developed their own forms. Industrial Revolution & Victorian Era: Looking at the big impact the technological developments of the 18th and 19th century had on all aspects of life, especially methods and materials used in architecture. Arts & Crafts: Return to hand-made craft, especially in furniture and interior design. Art Nouveau: A description of several streams of this new style that sought to establish new forms that weren’t based on any historic precedents. Eclecticism: A retune to historic form as the perceived proper way to build. Modernism: An in-depth look at the most influential approach to building in history, how and where it emerged, and how it dominated the most part of the 20th century. Art Deco: A stylistic development of the 1920s and 30s, that formed during times of financial hardship, and the emergence of industrial design. Postmodernism: A collage of various streams of new thinking, rejecting the constraints of modernism in favour of freedom of expression. 21st century: A look at the most recent developments and impact of the computer on methods of design and construction. With such an extensive scope of information, the book could benefit from visual aids, such as a visual timeline of eras and events, to assist in retention and recall of the information given. Aside from this, the book is resourceful and straight-forward to read. I highly recommend this book for anyone studying or interested in interior design or architecture. It will give you a much deeper understanding of architectural and interior design, by illustrating the social, political, technological and historic context, and the ideas that made these unique and expressive projects come to life.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Trang

    Read as a course material. This is a very thick book that covers Interior Design within its social and cultural context from the beginning of Ancient Times to modern days. A comprehensive, insightful read that comes with many pictures and illustrations making it a great reference for students of interior design and architecture.

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