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.
Pile (design, Pratt Inst., Brooklyn) here updates his comprehensive Interior Design (LJ 8/88), which has become a standard text for interior design courses. Bridging the gap between how-to home decorator books and those that are architecturally oriented, Pile covers design basics, such as planning, building materials, color, lighting, and ergonomics; design history from the ancient world to deconstructivism; and design as a profession, including discussions of legal requirements, computerization, and social responsibility. Throughout, the well-written text is complemented by over 700 photographs, charts, and plans. Equally valuable as a resource for professionals and amateurs, Pile's second edition is essential for most libraries.-Gayle A. Williamson, formerly with Fashion Inst. of Design & Merchandising Lib., Los Angeles