John Pile History of Interior Design

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History of Interior Design

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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 narrative that runs from cave dwellings and temple architecture, through Gothic cathedrals and palaces on to the grand civic speces of the nineteenth century and the 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 - 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. New to the second edition is a chapter looking at the interior design history of Asian and Islamic tradtions. Fresh material has also been added on Pre-Columbian design history. There are 180 new images throughout the book. Including furniture, , lighting and product design Finally, this

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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

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, colour, draughtsmanship, office planning and other aspects of interior design.

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