Books / Interior Design – Theory and Process

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.

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Books / BIDA Interior Designers Job Book

BIDA Interior Designers Job Book

Stephen Yakeley and Diana Yakeley (RIBA Publishing Sept. 2010)

The Interior Designer’s Job Book is the first book to set out the professional standard for running an interior design project. It does so step by step, in a sequence designed to complement the construction industry’s standard Plan of Work, providing guidance at every stage of a job from appraisal of the client’s requirements through to completion.

Suitable for all interior design projects – whether small or large – and for both interior designers working in an integrated design team and those acting as lead consultant, it brings a codified procedure and a professional rigour to the way your practice works and the way your projects run – vital for achieving a professional edge in a competitive field.

Its hands-on approach is supplemented by numerous model letters and specimen forms, which the designer can quickly adapt to any job in question. With guidance to the legal background and an introduction to the new concept of space planning, the Interior Designer’s Job Book should become standard reading for both new and established interior design practices, and a textbook for design school/university students on which to base their understanding of professional practice.

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Books / Contemporary Architecture: Bars and Restaurants

Contemporary Architecture: Bars and Restaurants

Jacobe Kraue (Links International March 2010)

The wide array of designs presented in this volume offers a varied vision of the latest trends in bar and restaurant interiors. The selection is an excellent cross-section of some of most exciting dining rooms at the forefront of design. With the creative impulse given free reign these designs have inevitably been excellent testing grounds for studying different developments in architectural language, use of materials and volume design. Each project is elegantly illustrated with full-colour photographs, floor plans, sketches and detailed commentary from the respective design studios.

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Books / BREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success

BREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success

Brit Hammer

By Brit HammerBREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success takes up where Brit Hammer’s best-selling book, Mosaic: Finding Your Own Voice, leaves off—the business aspect of visual art. This book demystifies business terminology, sheds light on legal and money matters, and guides you how to: build a personal brand, harness the power of the Internet and social networking, and build streams of revenue.

The book’s aim is to help you build up your self-confidence and to take back your personal power while creating the art business of your dreams. Full of images of beautiful art, BREAKOUT! Your Pathway to Success is a business book worthy of display on your coffee table!

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Books / Pinpoint: Key Facts + Figures for Sustainable Building

Pinpoint: Key Facts + Figures for Sustainable Building

Bruno Keller Stephan Rutz (Birkhäuser January 2010)

-PINPOINT brings building physics clearly into focus and enables practitioners to make rational use of their expertise while keeping their focus on the essentials.

-May be used “on site” as a manual by architects, civil engineers, and construction planners.

-High-quality edition, handsomely designed

Today, sustainable building means planning and producing structures that offer their users a high degree of comfort while only requiring a small amount of energy to operate. This entails: a high degree of thermal comfort, a good supply of daylight, good sound insulation with respect to both external and internal sources of noise, good room acoustics, the avoidance of any problems whatsoever with condensation or mold, and such a low energy requirement that especially gentle and efficient methods can be used to meet the remaining demand.

At first glance, it might seem quite difficult to fulfill all these requirements. Taken together, the various textbooks on building physics and building automation and the large number of EN and SIA standards now in existence are more confusing than they are useful.

By contrast, this manual presents the most important information on all the key aspects of sustainable building in concise and clearly organized form; makes it easy to put it into practice with the help of graphics, tables, and step-by-step instructions; illustrates it with examples; and supplements it with practical tips.

That is not to say that PINPOINT is intended to replace a textbook or standards collection. On the contrary, it is meant to help practitioners who already have a grasp of the basics make rational use of their expertise while keeping their focus on the essentials.

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Books / MOSAIC: Finding your own voice

MOSAIC: Finding your own voice

Brit Hammer

By Brit HammerThis publication is by one of ID-Sphere’s contributors Brit Hammer. This illustrated work is overflowing with inspiration and information. The book delves into design and composition to help you find your own style and includes technical information just for artists interested in mosaic. The inspiration section features chapters on the works of fine art mosaicists Elaine M. Goodwin, Sonia King, Dugald MacInnes, Mo Ringey, and Brit Hammer-Dijcks. 200 pages (full-color eBook 198 pages).

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Books: Compact Interiors: Architectural Design

Compact Interiors: Architectural Design

Carles Broto (Links International September 2009)

This fully illustrated work features dozens of apartment and loft interiors from around the world-all created by internationally renown architects and designers. The book focuses on the technical aspects of each project and on the ingenious solutions employed in adapting fixtures and furniture to a range of uses for more efficient uses of space. Each of the projects is beautifully illustrated with full-color photographs, floor plans, and sketches. Including every step of the design process-from conception to execution-this guide is indispensable for anyone working in the fields of architecture, interior design, interior decorating and furniture design.

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Books: Color Spaces

Color Spaces

FrIederike Tebbe Christiane Fath (Jovis Verlag September 2009)

How consciously do we experience colour, light and space? How do colours influence our perception, change the effect of something built and thereby shift the relations of space and our judgement? Friederike Tebbe examines the manifestations of colour, its perception, and interpretation in relation to her own architecture and in other practical and theoretical contexts.

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Books: Smart Home Extensions

Smart Home Extensions

Carles Broto (Links International July 2009)

Smart Home Extensions gathers together 32 extensively detailed extensions from architects including Alison Brooks, 3RW Architects, Bob 361 Architects, Plasma Estudio and Herrman & Koch.
These projects have been carried out on both country houses and urban dwellings, temporary and permanent residences, and built in gardens, attics, patios, inner courtyards, backyards and even in the air. Extensions of a durable type and entirely temporary additions, containing anything from a single utility or service room, to a complete residence; all of these ventures are thoroughly documented at every step of the design process, both technically and graphically, from conception to completion.

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Books: Smart Surfaces – and their Application in Architecture and Design

Smart Surfaces – and their Application in Architecture and Design

Edited by: Thorsten Klooster (Birkhäuser July 2009)

Whether luminous wallpaper, curtains that produce electricity, or self-cleaning windowpanes, more than ever before innovations in surface technologies are influencing and will continue to revolutionise the use of materials in architecture, interior design, and design.

The new smart surfaces expand considerably design possibilities for architects and designers. Their use leads to new typologies and concepts that can also do justice to changes in expectations for buildings and design.

The impression we have of a building or an object is increasingly determined by its surface qualities. Designers are thus confronted anew with the question of “appropriate materials” when dealing with smart surfaces.

Smart Surfaces brings these design fields into the creative focus of planners and designers, and emphasises concrete possibilities for applications. Planning fundamentals, including cost-benefit analyses, and questions related to building, including details of constructions, are presented in a clear and intelligible way. The various materials are introduced and their potentials assessed. Smart Surfaces not only offers a good overview of the themes but also provides inspiration for making use of these new surfaces.

A book for everyone who wishes to be inspired by the possibilities for innovative surface technologies.

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Books: Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment

Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment:
Non-Domestic Buildings

Nick C. Baker (Earthscan July 2009)

The Handbook of Sustainable Refurbishment: Non-Domestic Buildings offers architects, engineers and a wide range of building professionals practical advice, illustrated by real examples. It moves from principles of sustainable refurbishment to specific design and engineering guidance. It emphasises the need for an integrated approach by showing how refurbishment measures interact with one and other, and with the occupants, and how performance is ultimately influenced by this interaction.

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Books: Indoor Environment Handbook

Indoor Environment Handbook:
Making Buildings Healthy and Comfortable

Philomena Bluyssen (Earthscan June 2009)

Ensuring that buildings are healthy and comfortable for their occupants is a primary concern of all architects and building engineers. This highly practical handbook will help make that process more efficient and effective.

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Books: Design Activism – Beautiful Strangeness for a Sustainable World

Design Activism:
Beautiful Strangeness for a Sustainable World

Alastair Fuad-Luke (Earthscan June 2009)

Design activists, who comprise a diverse range of designers, teachers and other actors, are setting new ambitions for design. They seek to fundamentally challenge how, where and when design can catalyse positive impacts to address sustainability. They are also challenging who can utilise the power of the design process. This book provides a rigorous exploration of design activism that will revitalise the design debate and provide a solid platform for students, teachers, design professionals and other practitioners interested in transformative (design) activism.

It provides a comprehensive study of contemporary and emergent design activism, collating, synthesising and analysing design activist approaches, processes, methods, tools and inspirational examples/outcomes from around the world. Inspired by past design activists and set against the context of global-local tensions, expressions of design activism are mapped.

The nature of contemporary design activism is explored, from individual/collective action to the infrastructure that supports it generating powerful participatory design approaches, a diverse toolbox and inspirational outcomes. This is design as a political and social act, design to enable adaptive societal capacity for co-futuring. This title reveals the power of design and designers to effect positive social and environmental change.

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Books: Fine Fabric – Delicate Materials for Architecture and Interior Design

Fine Fabric:
Delicate Materials for Architecture and Interior Design

Chris van Uffelen (Verlagshaus Braun May 2009)

Fabrics are frequently used for temporary architecture and interior design. As a result of research and technology various types of fabrics have been developed with special qualities in terms of load, elasticity and ductility. This title presents 60 international architecture and design projects that show the different ways how fabrics are used

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Books: A History of Interior Design

A History of Interior Design,

John Pile (Laurence King February 2009)

Now in its third edition and fully updated with the most recent examples, A History of Interior Design tells the story of 6,000 years of domestic and public space. John Pile acknowledges that interior design is a field with unclear boundaries, in which construction, architecture, furniture, decoration, technology and product design all overlap. These topics are woven together in a fascinating narrative that runs from cave dwellings and temple architecture, through Gothic cathedrals and Renaissance palaces, to the grand civic spaces of the nineteenth century and the sleek interiors of modern skyscrapers. Embedded in a social and political context, detailed discussions of famous buildings, from the Parthenon to the Pompidou Centre, are interspersed with investigations of the domestic vernacular – the cottages, farmhouses, apartments and city terraces inhabited by ordinary people.

In this new edition, the evolution of interior design has been made even more accessible through the inclusion of a CD-ROM with an interactive timeline. Incorporating over 100 illustrations, this sets the great interior spaces of the world in the context of the social, political and technological developments of the time.

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Books: The Complete Zaha Hadid

The Complete Zaha Hadid

Zaha Hadid (Thames & Hudson April 2009 )

This is a complete monograph of Hadid’s early, unbuilt and built works, from her student years to the latest projects under development, and includes her furniture, stage and exhibition designs. Projects constructed, in planning or under construction are located around the globe. An introduction by Aaron Betsky, 2008 Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, examines the architect’s career, both in the context of architectural history and as a manifestation of the current and future state of architecture.

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Books: Color Planning for Interiors

Color Planning for Interiors,
An Integrated Approach to Color in Designated Spaces

Margaret Portillo (John Wiley April 2009)

Evidence-based approach to colour planning lets you discover the impact of colour on people and space. Color Planning for Interiors is based on the findings from a study that the author conducted across the USA. The author interviewed noted designers and colourists about the projects that best represented their approach to colour. As a result, you’ll discover how leaders in the field examine colour from compositional, symbolic, behavioral, preferential, and pragmatic perspectives in order to arrive at a carefully considered solution. Moreover, you’ll see how designers and architects apply this knowledge to a broad range of interior spaces, including workplaces, restaurants, retail settings, healthcare facilities, and private residences.

Complementing theory and research, real-life examples are presented from interior design projects that consider colour in relation to light, materiality, and interior architecture. In addition, full-colour diagrams, photographs, and design renderings illustrate concepts throughout the book to help you understand how to select and work with colour.

From the fundamental principles of colour theory to innovative applications, all aspects of designing interiors with colour are examined, making this book ideal for all professionals and students in interior design who want to develop the full potential of their colour palettes.

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Books: Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors

Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors,
Basic Skills

Rosemary Kilmer W. Otie Kilmer (John Wiley April 2009)

Construction Drawings and Details for Interiors serves as the essential reference for designers preparing interior construction documents, explaining how to do a new construction, remodeling, or installation project. In a highly visual format, the book covers drafting fundamentals and conventions; drawing types, plans, and schedules; and computer-aided design (CAD). With expanded coverage of the preparation and communication of construction documents in digital formats, drawing interior perspectives, and more, the text also serves as an invaluable study reference for the contract documents section of the NCIDQ exam. A new companion website supplies template grids for schedules and contract documents for practice exercises.

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Books: London Interiors

London Interiors

Jane Edwards (Taschen March 2009)

London is swinging again. The latest design trends, the best musicals, the most innovative plays and films are born in the capital of “Cool Britannia”. What catches on in Notting Hill, Soho and Hoxton now influences taste as far away as the North Cape and Tierra del Fuego. At the same time, the city on the Thames, one of the most cosmopolitan on the planet, is home to people from every corner of the world and has assimilated many of their traditions and tastes.

With over 300 pages of rich colour photographs, London Interiors takes an intimate look at more than 40 private residences, among others the Indian-inspired hideaway of musician Talvin Singh and an amusing houseboat moored in Kew. From a 1930s penthouse at Highpoint Two, landmark of British Modernism, via the eccentric home of a “Royalist” living among Lady Di memorabilia to a loft crammed with “sexy kitsch”, the tenth volume of the successful Interiors series is a window on the private worlds of a handful of Londoners whose homes reflect the city in all its spirited diversity.

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Books: Lessons Learned from the Barratt Green House

Lessons Learned from the Barratt Green House:
Delivering a Zero Carbon Home Using Innovative Concrete Systems

G Hodgson (IHS BRE April 2009)

This title is intended for housing professionals interested in the challenge of delivering housing to zero carbon standards. The Barratt Green House, winner of the 2007 Home for the Future competition, and built on the BRE Innovation Park, uses innovative concrete products to achieve this aspiration with the design and construction involving the application of concrete products in the building fabric. Discussion follows how zero CO2 emissions were achieved through the adoption of low carbon and renewable energy technology. Key conclusions and the wider lessons learned are also brought together.

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Books: Small Spaces

Small Spaces
Making the Most of the Space You Have

Rebecca Tanqueray (Ryland Peters & Small March 2009)

Living space is a precious commodity. Few of us have as much space as we’d like, whether we live in a studio or have a key room that’s just too small. Rebecca Tanqueray presents compact homes that show how clever use of colour, lighting or other elements makes for a spacious feel. She explores the organisation of space, including areas for living, cooking, working, bathing and sleeping, and how to make your home multi-functional. Solutions tackle elements crucial to the compact home – including dividing space, using colour, lighting and texture, and clever storage and furniture.

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Books: A History of the Future

A History of the Future

Donna Goodman (Monacelli Press March 2009)

The political, social, and economic upheaval of the early twentieth century generated an extraordinary range of proposals for the future as successive generations grappled with issues of organising vast urban systems and humanising dense industrial environments. As conceptual design became the vehicle for exploring ideas and presenting new movements, a dialogue between technology and design began to emerge.

A History of the Future explores the impact of modern technology on design and planning, beginning with Renaissance concepts that laid the foundations for modern visionary work and concluding with emerging projects in sustainable design. It also includes relevant projects in related fields, such as film, photography, and industrial design. Profusely illustrated, A History of the Future is a visual survey of the heroic, utopian, and occasionally misguided visions of the twentieth century.

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Books: Famous Interiors

Famous Interiors

Holland Vandertol Cornelia van Gelder (Terra Uitgeverij February 2009)

In Famous Interiors, Vandertol uses inspiring international interior – photos of eight celebrities as a starting point. The reader peeps into Easy Rider Dennis Hopper’s steel barn in Los Angeles; is invited into the home of the founders of the Missoni fashion house, known for their outstanding blend of colourful creations and modern art; discovers the interior of the Italian fashion designer Donatella Versace in the famous Park Plaza, and many more. He then gives numerous styling tips and tricks and shows the reader how to recreate the same luxurious and stylish look within his own home. The reader looks over the shoulder of a renowned interior designer, as van der Tol explains the reader step by step how to create a stylish, modern home. What colours do you use? What do you look for when shopping? How do you blend different styles and materials? How do you create that look of luxury? This book tells all.

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Books: Hidden Forms

Hidden Forms
Seeing and Understanding Things

Franco Clivio (Birkhäuser February 2009 )

The book Hidden Forms uses examples from Franco Clivio’s collection of objects to reveal clearly and yet poetically the hidden qualities that require a practiced gaze. Working with ordinary, everyday, practical, seemingly design(er)less objects has been Franco Clivio’s obsession both as a university lecturer and as a practicing designer. Each object in the collection stands for an unconventional, unconstrained, and sometimes unique solution to a problem that is often simple but always fundamental; fundamental in the sense of a design that places less emphasis on good form than on perfect function.

A fruitful collaboration between Franco Clivio, the photographer Hans Hansen, and the graphic designer Pierre Mendell has produced a work that uses photographs, drawings, and texts to reveal the hidden qualities of objects for everyday use.

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Books: Limited Edition, Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture

Limited Edition
Prototypes, One-Offs and Design Art Furniture

Sophie Lovell (Birkhäuser February 2009 )

Limited Edition is the new buzzword in furniture design. The demand for unique pieces is steadily increasing. With prototypes, one-of-a-kind items, and limited product lines, designers are celebrating a cult of individuality for all price classes. Furniture prototypes have always been an element of the industrial design process, but now they are being hauled from the workshops and presented to the public as embodiments of the very latest trend.

In the global village with its standardised commodities, exclusive one-offs with an artisanal flavour are turning into coveted objects. Limited furniture series satisfy the collector’s thirst for objects that dissolve the boundary between art and design as objects that are both furniture and sculptures and have thus given rise to a new elite among design gallery owners.

Limited Edition pursues this new trend in furniture design and uncovers its background in meticulous investigative essays based on the author’s ongoing interchange with designers, gallery owners, and manufacturers. With magnificent illustrations and an attractive layout, it presents the best and most breathtaking pieces by the leading designers.

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