& For one/two-semester introductory courses in Interior Design. A comprehensive, applications-oriented introduction to the evolving field of interior design, with a focus on the challenges facing designers in the 21st century. Emphasizing good solutions to real problems by examining best practices from the past and present, the author details case studies using a broad range of projects from modest home and work-place designs, to public areas, to full professional involvement in large commercial spaces.
While the spectacle of a world of spaces that all look remarkably similar, seems to loom, and the professionalization of designers has led to the excesses of commercialism and short-term profiteering, those of us interested in long-term values and social prosperity have to learn all this. We fail to manipulate the media of color, lighting, textiles, furniture, signage and accessories at our peril.