The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design offers a compelling collection of original essays that seek to examine the shifting role of interior architecture and interior design, and their importance and meaning within the contemporary world.
Interior architecture and interior design are disciplines that span a complexity of ideas, ranging from human behaviour and anthropology to history and the technology of the future. Approaches to designing the interior are in a constant state of flux, reflecting and adapting to the changing systems of history, culture and politics. It is this process that allows interior design to be used as evidence for identifying patterns of consumption, gender, identity and social issues. The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design
provides a pioneering overview of the ideas and arrangements within the two disciplines that make them such important platforms from which to study the way humans interact with the space around them.
Covering a wide range of thought and research, the book enables the reader to investigate fully the changing face of interior architecture and interior design, while offering questions about their future trajectory.
Graeme Brooker is Head of Interior Design at the Royal College of Art, UK. Between 2013 and 2015 he was the Head of the Department of Fashion and Interiors at Middlesex University, UK. He has authored and co-authored several books on the interior, including Rereadings: Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodeling Existing Buildings (2004), Form and Structure: The Organisation of Interior Space (2007), Context and Environment: Site and Ideas (2008), The Visual Dictionary of Interior Architecture (2008), Objects and Elements: Occupying Interior Space (2009), What is Interior Design? (2010) and From Organisation to Decoration (2012). He is Founder and Director of the charity Interior Educators, the national subject association for interiors in the UK. Lois Weinthal is Chair of the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her teaching explores these topics, where theoretical discussions are put into practice in the design studio. Her seminar teaching led to the publication Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (2011), which organises the interior as a series of layers that surround the body. Additional publications include the co-edited After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design (2011). In 2016, she became Editor of the international journal Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture. Weinthal has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright and DAAD, and has exhibited and lectured internationally. Previously, she directed the Interior Design program at Parsons the New School for Design and was graduate advisor at The University of Texas at Austin.