The Fundamentals of Interior Design

ISBN 9781472528537

Oprawa Paperback, Format: cm, 208 kolorowych ilustracji, Stron: 208, 2015 r

The second edition of The Fundamentals of Interior Design provides a thorough introduction to the key elements of interior design and the ideas that underpin them. The book describes the entirety of the creative process, from researching initial ideas to realizing them in three-dimensional form. Throughout the text, guidelines are given to provide structure to the interior design process and the reader is encouraged to adapt and initiate methodologies to suit individual project needs. This approach is intended to give designers a belief in their own abilities, and the confidence to tackle different projects with the unique challenges that each one brings.

The book features a variety of diagrams and talking points to encourage stents and practitioners to think about key issues such as understanding spatial relationships and the use of sustainable materials.

This second edition incles new case sties focusing on well-known international interior design stios, such as Conran and Partners, UK, Slade Architecture, US, Gensler, US and award winning architects Chae-Pereira in South Korea.

The introduction of interviews with contemporary interior designers allows readers an insight in to the working world of interior design.

The new projects allow stents to explore what they have learned in each chapter through experimentation and these activities encourage creativity and further learning.


Chapter 1 The Design Process
The Design Process in Action
Professional Practice
Case Sty: Small Batch Coffee Company, UK
Interview: Chalk Architecture

Chapter 2 Understanding the Project
The Client
The Brief
Design Analysis
Design Research
Case Sty: Presenting Ideas
Case Sty: Republic of Fritz Hansen, UK
Interview: Fritz Hansen

Chapter 3 Understanding the Space
Understanding Spatial Relationships
Case Sty: Construction Drawings
A Typology of Technical Drawing
Case Sty: Steel Lady House, South Korea
Interview: Chae-Pereira Architects

Chapter 4 Understanding Building Structures
Building Construction Principles
Materials for Construction
Mechanical and Electrical Systems
Case Sty: Olson Headquarters, USA
Interview: Gensler

Chapter 5 Organizing the Space
Design Development
Human Dimensions and Scale
Proportioning Systems
Ordering Systems
Inclusive Design
Case Sty: The Old Bengal Warehouse, UK
Interview: Conran & Partners

Chapter 6 The Human Interface
Materials and Finishes
The Decorative Scheme
Case Sty: Greene Street Loft, USA
Interview: Slade Architecture

Chapter 7 Sustainable Design
Why Is Sustainability an Issue?
Where Choices Are Made
Materials-Some Thoughts
Case Sty: The Dutch Mountain House, NL
Interview: Denieuwegeneratie

Chapter 8 Communicating Design
Telling the Story
Presentation Drawings
Presentation Boards
Multimedia Presentations

Picture Credits


“I think this is an excellent course book for stents who are about to enter, or are considering entering a program of interior design for it touches lightly, but directly, on all aspects of the design process from inception to construction, as well as the modes and means of the production of designs. This book would be a terrific reference for stents in preparatory courses and/or the first term in the course of sty. The book is clear and the images relate directly to the issues discussed on each spread.” –  Anita Cooney, Pratt Institute, USA,

“Clear, with good illustrations and easy to reference.” –  Veronica Hendry, University of the Arts London, UK,

“It's a good generic introductory book on the field of Interior Design, clear, good looking and with an academic view of the issue.” –  João Cruz, ESAD, Portugal,