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Toward a New Interior

Toward a New Interior

An Anthology of Interior Design Theory

Princeton Architectural Press

By Lois Weinthal


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Interior design, as a relatively young discipline within the academic world of design, has historically been interpreted as an extension of other fine arts. Narratives exist, but they all too often treat interior design as a function of architecture or display rather than experience. An independent interior design theory is virtually nonexistent. Professor Lois Weinthal envisions a future where interior design is treated with parity to architecture and industrial design, a future with a new interior.

A reader for architects and interior designers, Weinthal has carefully curated a collection of forty-eight essays that will form the foundation of interior design theory and shape future interior space. Her introductory essays illuminate each source, prefacing and directing discussion of the material as it relates to interior design theory. Alluding to Le Corbusier’s classic text, she has organized this material into a framework that inspires conversation, marking a break with the past and forming a new vocabulary for the discourse. Contributions to the book’s eight sections include essays by David Batchelor, Aaron Betsky, Petra Blaisse, Andrew Blauvelt, Beatriz Colomina, Le Corbusier, Robin Evans, Adolf Loos, Ellen Lupton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Michel Serres, Henry Urbach, Wim Wenders, and Mark Wigley.

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Size: 6 x 9 in;
Pages: 624 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: October 2011
ISBN: 9781616890308
ISBN10: 1616890304
Lois Weinthal is Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin where she has been teaching since 1999.