Lois Weinthal
Princeton Architectural Press, New York, 2011, English
Nonfiction, Interior Design
6 x 9 inches, paperback, 624 pages, 250 illustrations
ISBN: 9781616890308
Suggested Retail Price: $45.00

From the Publisher. 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. Lois Weinthal envisions a future where interior design is treated with parity to architecture and industrial design, a future with a new interior.

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Paul Makovsky

If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthal’s massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa. While there is an almost too heavy reliance on essays from the field of architecture (and you can’t really blame Weinthal for that), she divides the book into eight chapters, pulling from many fields: fashion, philosophy, film, and art.

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