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Architecture and Interior Design Through the 18th Century: An Integrated History

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ISBN-10: 013758590X
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From the Back Cover

THE most complete survey of architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts.

This 2 volume set spans the ages from antiquity to the present. A complete, integrated, and interdisciplinary reference for:

  • the built environment
  • space planning
  • color
  • lighting
  • interior design
  • interior architectural features
  • design details
  • motifs
  • furniture
  • space planning
  • color
  • lighting
  • textiles
  • interior surface treatments
  • decorative accessories

The unique scope allows comparison in all areas of design through the centuries. Narrative and graphics interweave design analysis with art and architectural history.

  • Graphic material features a wide diversity of illustrations, some common and some less well known.
  • Design diagramming highlights major design features allowing the reader to make visual connections between the content.
  • List of important buildings and interiors and important design practitioners is included to assist in additional study.
  • Color photographs serve as a needed resource for period study.
  • Later interpretations of the stylistic illustrations from subsequent centuries provide a new dimension to the study of design history.
  • Extensive reference list, glossary, and index offer flexibility and ease of use.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

This book was written primarily to fulfill a need in interior design education and in related design disciplines. We are not aware of another book that allows the reader to compare and contrast architecture, interiors, furniture, and decorative arts through many centuries. We have tried to interweave a design analysis language with that of art and architectural history. Our intent is to provide a flexible, easy-to-use, and well-organized resource for those with a variety of interests. An extensive reference list, glossary, and index are included.

Our primary audience is students in interior design programs. However, this book will also be of use to interior design practitioners, furniture designers, design consultants, design manufacturers, and theater/film set designers, as well as to students and professionals in the related fields of art history, architecture, material culture, museum studies, and history. It may also be of interest to historical/ preservation societies, craftspeople, design journalists, and laypeople interested in design.

The development of this book evolved over a number of years through our college teaching experiences. We, and our colleagues, were continually frustrated by the lack of adequate resources to support the desired content, context, and comprehensiveness of design history. All of our shared ideas were realized here as we worked on the scope, organization, and presentation of this material. We hope that this effort fulfills a need for you and future generations who find the study of design history exciting. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

This book has been an enormous endeavor and a formidable challenge. We would like to offer our grateful acknowledgment to those who provided valuable assistance though its development. Special thanks to each of you for all of your wonderful contributions!

To our Prentice Hall/Pearson Education support team who had faith in us and made the book happen: Vern Anthony, Judith Casino, Elizabeth Sugg, Linda Zuk, Denise Brown, and Patsy Fortney.

To our many students who inspired us to undertake this project: those who studied with Buie at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Texas at Austin, and North Texas State University; those who studied with Bridget at Marymount University, the University of Georgia at Athens, and Mississippi University for Women; and those who studied with Curt at Winthrop University, San Diego State University, and Washington State University.

To our educational institutions who in various ways supported our efforts: Virginia Commonwealth University, Marymount University, and Winthrop University.

To our friends who offered their expertise, support, resources, interest, and listening ears: Alice Burmeister, Peg De Lamiter, Laura Durfresne, George Fuller, Alan Huston, Dianne Jackman, Philip Moody, Ardis Rewerts, Nancy Templeman, and our family within the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC).

To our special library resource friends: Carl Vuncannon and his staff at the Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library in High Point, North Carolina, who opened that resource to us; Suzanne Freeman at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, who provided a wealth of information; and Ray Bonis in Special Collections, Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University, who provided valuable assistance.

To our individual family members who offered ongoing support, listened to complaints, and provided expertise when needed: Judy Sherman Endeman, Frith Harwood, Robert Harwood, Hope Harwood Liebke, Dottie May, and Henry May. To those early illustrators and photographers who recorded their environments as well as earlier ones of the 18th, 19th; and 20th centuries. As shown herein, their depictions of architecture, interiors, furnishings, and costumes were of enormous value in providing a resource archive of the past.

And, finally, to our wonderful and talented artist and former interior design student: Chris Good. You did a great job!


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (December 28, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 013758590X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0137585908
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1.4 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this book for a college class I was taking. I was a bit put off by the price, but in terms of content to price value, this book is right on spot! Very detailed and heavily illustrated, it is great for anyone looking to learn more about the interior and design aspects of architecture. It is not just a general overview; this book goes into detail into period colors, fabrics, furnishings, tables, chairs, etc. It is almost overwhelming. This is one of a two part series. I'd reccomdend for those really interested in learning more of a specific time at a student level.
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This book is the most comprehensive and through book on architecture and interior design history available in the marketplace, starting with ancient periods and goes through periods of the 18th century. The book includes with each section a brief overview of the history of the times, architecture which includes drawings and photographs, interior design which includes motifs, color schemes and furnishings - furniture, fabrics and limited discussion of decorative accessories. Has a section of color plates, with each section included - color photos are not integrated into the other pages - UNFORTUNATE - but you can't have everything!! Very through coverage of all periods - certainly covers all at a certain depth - not complete - but it is a great resource if you have a limited amount of space for books and want to get the maximum bang for your buck. It is a costly book but to have all the information included in this one volume could cost much, much more. For interior design students and interior design professionals - this is a great book to have in your library - to keep!
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By mr.g on December 14, 2012
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This book is terrible! I had to purchase this for a college class and it was a waste of money. We had to use it because our teacher knew the author's. He never even used this book in class. He always showed us pictures and information from other books. He pointed out several miskates the authors make on design history. But still he would try to praise the book because he knows the authors.
Pictures from one time period were included in the wrong section. Terms to know where hard to find and often didn't have the same formatting througout the book. Important terms that were mentioned were often writen in a manner that could lead to possibly two deffinitions. If a term was mentioned more than one, it didn't always carry a similar meaning either.
Everyone in our class hated it. I hate that we have to buy the second volume for our next class. I don't believe it will be any better. I believe from the only positive review I've seen of this book, that it's only supported by those in the industry trying to push in on people. Anyone who acutally had to use it to learn would know better than to give it 5 stars.

If you don't HAVE TO buy it, DON'T! Find something else.
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I understand that I bought a used book, but the copy I received had quite a number of pages torn out of it! That should've been checked first and I should've been made aware of that. I was disappointed.

In terms of the book itself. It's was quite dry.
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