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Interior Design – Theory and Process

Anthony Sully (A&C Black May 2012)

Successful interior design requires resolving a multitude of logistical and creative problems to produce a coherent, functional and aesthetically pleasing environment. This book, the first of its kind, tackles the problem
from a theoretical approach and not in the conventional how-to or inspiring ideas fashion. Categorising design into nine key elements, including space, light, display, storage, and offering new terminology to describe each area, the author breaks new ground in the field of interior design in an approach that brings vitality and clear communication to a misunderstood and often free-wheeling design discipline.

Review by Lizzy Van Lysebeth, editor of ID-Sphere

The book is written by Anthony Sully an interior design educator and practitioner teaching in various colleges and universities in the UK and abroad whilst running his own interior design consultancy.

It starts by unraveling the different bodies, tasks, processes, skills, people, requirements and much more that govern the profession as an interior designer. The reader gets a clear and defined idea of the complexity of the interior design sector and the interior design profession. The author leads the reader though the different elements which constitutes an interior and offers a comprehensible structure. Interspersed with various visual examples and quotations of fellow designers, educators and philosophers a foundation is provided for subsequent chapters.

In Part Two and Part Three of the book a wide range of issues are discussed concerning the human body and the perception of its surrounding. It equally touches on the basic form, the mathematical definitions of shapes, evolutions and movements through time, as well as the western and oriental philosophical interpretations of humans interacting with their environment. It can be used as a reference and starting point for further explorations. Presented in an informative and condensed format it is an extensive list of issues; be it form, dimensions, visual perceptions, theories and much more; which forms the basic knowledge for the interior designer to practice his profession.

In the final part the design process gets analyzed. How is information gathered, ideas created and problems analyzed? What controls the design process and how is it translated into a three-dimensional form or layout? The author also discusses spatial and operational activities within a created space or environment in relation to the common items we encounter in an interior (doors, stairs, seating facilities, etc.) He often draws on notable movements and designers/architects of the past to clarify different design subjects.

This work is a true educational reference. Although the book is accessible to the established practitioner it is especially relevant to students and startup businesses in the interior design sector. It combines the many and intricate facets of the interior design profession and offers great content for further exploration. I am sure it will create to any interior design student a fundamental guideline along their educational endeavors.

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