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Interior Design Illustrated 3rd Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1118090718
ISBN-10: 1118090713
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A Letter from co-Author Corky Binggeli
Interior Design Illustrated 3rd Edition

When I was asked to work with Francis D.K. Ching on the second edition of Interior Design Illustrated, I was a bit intimidated, as I had used his books in my own architectural and interior design education and admired his beautiful illustrations. Now that we have again collaborated on the third edition, I am delighted to be part of this creative team, and I can see how my participation has made an important impact.

Frank is an author, illustrator, architect, and educator. After completing my BA, I studied architecture, but eventually received my masters degree in interior design. The combined knowledge base and point of view of an architect and interior designer is key to the success of Interior Design Illustrated.

Interior Design Illustrated is written and illustrated as an introduction to interior design. Unlike books that seek to teach only the elements of decorative design, Interior Design Illustrated starts with the premise that the design of the interior begins with an understanding of space and its expression in architecture.

A building’s site, solar orientation, and the connection between outside and inside are all critical design elements that affect interior space. Its structure, enclosure system, and building services all support the spaces within the building. The character of interior spaces is shaped by the linear, planar, and volumetric elements of the building’s form.

My decision to become an interior designer (rather than an architect) was based largely on my interest in how people use interior spaces and my love of color and texture, both of which are key to the design of interiors. However, my understanding of architecture and building systems (I am the author of Building Systems for Interior Designers, also published by Wiley) is a great advantage in my design of interior spaces.

As our understanding of sustainable design grows, we are increasingly working in existing buildings and reusing existing materials and furnishings. An appreciation for a building’s architectural context aids in creating interior spaces that belong to the building and make the most of its assets. Creating interior spaces that delight the senses and support human needs is something every interior designer should know how to do.

Working with Frank Ching on this third edition of Interior Design Illustrated has been a pleasure and a learning experience. Frank’s knowledge of architecture is encyclopedic, and his drawings are inspiring. I’ve enjoyed representing the interior design viewpoint and filling in the details that make interior space come alive.

From the Back Cover

Ching's bestselling approach to interior design—updated in this new, expanded edition

In this elegant new edition, Francis D.K. Ching takes his integrated approach to interior design several steps further. A highly functional and beautifully illustrated work, Interior Design Illustrated, Third Edition offers a thorough introduction to interior design, addressing the architectural requirements of interior spaces and the details of furnishing and interior finishes.

This new edition offers a concise and accessible presentation of important concepts for beginning designers, and experienced practitioners will appreciate its insightful and practical coverage of the relationship between building structures and interior spaces. A broad range of rich illustrations communicates visual information and ploughs fertile ground for creative ideas and inspiration.

Featuring a full-color section on the role of color in interior design, as well as teaching resources available for the first time, Interior Design Illustrated, Third Edition provides new and expanded information on:

  • Building codes, building information modeling, and sustainability

  • Indoor air quality, environmental systems, data/communication, and security systems

  • Translating functional needs into design decisions

  • Integrating environmental, health, safety, comfort, and conveyance systems into a building's structure and the design of its interior space

  • The functional, aesthetic, and expressive roles design elements can play in the development of three-dimensional space

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 3 edition (February 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118090713
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118090718
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,327 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Emphasises the architectural side of interior design, rather than the paint n' fabric side of it; this is not the reason for the good review, you just need to be aware. What was really good was the density of the ideas that were presented. By 'dense' I don't mean that they were not accessible, I mean that there were a lot of them, they were accessible, they were well organised and it was easy to add them, one to the next to have a whole body of knowledge. You know how some books have so many words and manage not to say much? Well, this book was the opposite. A book guilty of doing that is Interior Design (4th Edition), but it still has a lot of information in it because it is so big.
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This book is amazingly illustrated. It really captured my imagination and sparked a lot of creativity in me. I'm not a design professional nor student but merely a homeowner going through my first home renovation. The drawings present the concepts in such a great way that resonates even with a layperson like me. This really made me appreciate the design discussions I am having with my architect and interior designers. If i was an architecture or interior design student, I would hope that this book was a core text in the curriculum. There is so much knowledge and theory packed into every page that you can gaze at any portion of a page and feel like you are soaking in centuries of interior design learning.
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I'm in second year interior architecture and this book was great in every aspect to understand. From ergonomics, materials,colour construction drawings and so on. Really recommended. Will be a book to stay in my collection.
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Disappointingly generic. Reads like a dictionary or a wikipedia article. Many of the chapters reveal such wisdom as 'Ceilings are formed by the undersides of floor and roof structures.' There is some useful ergonomic data and standard building dimensions, but really nothing that couldn't be obtained by a simple Google search.
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Francis Ching writes amazingly helpful textbooks for those in the Architecture and Design industry. Any book by this author is highly recommended. I've bought at least 8 books by him and I'd buy them all over again if I had to.
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