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History of Interior Design and Furniture: From Ancient Egypt to Nineteenth-Century Europe

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ISBN-13: 978-0471286769
ISBN-10: 0471286761
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"The book is thoroughly researched, well-reasoned, and well-written volume..." (The American Reference Books Annual, March 2007) --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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History of Interior Design Furniture From Ancient Egypt to Nineteenth-Century Europe by Robbie G. Blakemore In this long-awaited volume, Robbie Blakemore leads us on a breathtaking journey through five millennia of interior space. History of Interior Design and Furniture presents a comprehensive survey of the major historical periods of interior architectural and decorative styles. This monumental overview offers a unique approach to the history of interior space, architectural details, and furniture. The author masterfully distinguishes between stylistic terms such as Queen Anne, Rococo, and Elizabethan, underscoring the important aesthetic concerns of the societies that produced these styles. Beginning in ancient Egypt, Blakemore’s authoritative survey chronicles the ever-changing panorama of Greek, Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and nineteenth-century design. From wall paintings in Pompeii to the luxurious parlors of Victorian England, special attention is paid to the relationships between interior architecture and the objects that define its spaces. But this ambitious work is more than a history of style; it places furniture and design within the broader context of social, political, economic, and technological perspectives unique to each historical period. Examining the concept of design as a historical continuum, the author traces this thread of influence across centuries, from the ancient Romans retrospective look at their Greek forerunners to the revival styles that characterize the Victorian age. Thoroughly researched and clearly presented, the text integrates enlightening facts against a backdrop of the evolution of space and the interior aesthetic over time. Over 350 elegant photographic and graphic illustrations complement the text. Stunning three-dimensional plans convey the spatial relationships that are critical to understanding the history of interior architecture, and an historical timeline chronicles the important events that shaped interior design. Explicit, cogent captions not only identify each figure but provide insightful commentary that supplements the primary text. No other book combines all of these features in a single volume. History of Interior Design and Furniture is a unique information source that fills a gap in the literature of interior design. Stimulating to the practitioner as well as the layman, this impressive book is required reading for the serious student and educator of architecture and design. Lavishly illustrated, the book is both an engaging tour of the history of interior design and a must have reference for the professional interior designer’s library.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471286761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471286769
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,235,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The text of this volume is decent and well organized but in the area that most designers are interested in, visual examples, it is sorely lacking. A very minimal section of color photographs (which jump from Roman to the Renaissance. No sign of the Gothic)and a series of low contrast black and white ones are augmented with a series of uninspired drawings. All of this might still be helpful and useful were it not for the price. There are many volumes on furniture and decor that have come on the market recently which are superior in their content and priced more reasonably.
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This book is a good encyclopedia of the history of interior design going back to ancient era- it catalogues the general overview for each period chronologically, explaining the function and materiality of a space or piece of furniture. The book is particularly nice for classifying particular styles of furniture and may be more suited to an antiques dealer or furniture dealer than a professional interior designer. The major problem i have with the book is that most if not all of the photographs are black and white, and it completely skips the modern era of design, pretty much ending with the turn of the 19th century. No mention of my favorites like Mies van der Rohe or Mr. Wright. This absence somehow makes this book seem incomplete.
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Well, I youre thinking between this and Piles' History of ID then this is a much better book. Each style is explained with great details, and black and white photos and sketches are really helpful, and in the middle of the book is about a dozen of color photos of interiors.

I used this book a lot for my studies of the history of id.

If you're looking for a book full of photos of interiors and fancy words then just don't bother buying it since you wont find them in this book
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Format: Hardcover
My History of Furnishing's to 1750 class used this textbook. I believe I speak for the entire class when I say that while it does have thoroughly researched information, the presentation is tedious. Topics were presented in a very frustrating illogical manner that circled around the point. The text is chock full of key terms, but uses no change of font to emphasize them. Worst of all, the images were pathetic. Design is visual, the textbooks NEED to be visual. I would have learned almost no applicable design history if my professor had not created supplemental visual slides identifying elements. The images that were in the text had terrible contrast, were often black and white, and pixelated. This book is all jumbled research and no follow through.
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I bought this for my husband's friend as a gift. He is a collector of fine furniture and rugs. He loved it-very comprehensive book on interior design history.
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This is an outstanding book, with plenty of pictures - great insider material on furniture and architecture. And I already have a design MA with my own firm.
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Format: Hardcover
This book is very helpful for students and professionals seeking to further knowledge on the history of architecture and interior design. Very detailed information.
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an interesting text book with some nice pictures. most of the pictures are black and white and ok to view. it does represent quite a few styles over the ages.
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