Ashgate Studies in Interior Architecture and Design

Ashgate Studies in Interior Architecture and Design

Series Editors:

The study of interiors is a growing intellectual discipline. This is due in part to a number of high profile projects by well-established architectural practices, an enhanced awareness of the importance of the quality of interior space to human wellbeing and a large increase in the number of people studying the subject. Interior Architecture and Design has traditionally been regarded as a superficial practice, positioned somewhere between decoration and architecture, that lacks any particular histories, design theories or principles. Yet the study and practice of designing interior space is evolving as an independent, intellectual subject that is far beyond the cosmetic concerns of television makeover shows or frivolous architectural projects. Interior architecture, interior design and building reuse are very closely linked subjects, all of them deal in varying degrees, with the transformation of a given space, whether that is the crumbling ruins of an ancient building or the drawn parameters of a building proposal. This installation, alteration or conversion is a complex process of understanding the qualities of the given space whilst simultaneously combining these factors with the functional requirements of new users. This distinctive attribute creates a unique set of issues, theories and processes that are particular to interiors, yet in places, overlap with other disciplines such as sustainability, installation art and architecture. The aim of this series is to commission and develop books that serve as a comprehensive and innovative guide for academics, students, scholars, and practitioners who have an interest in Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Interior Decoration and the creative adaptation of existing buildings. Interiors is a subject that encompasses the analysis and understanding of existing buildings, the study of the nature and qualities of an interior space, an understanding of functionality and how space is used, issues of sustainability, product, graphic and textile design, and an intimate examination of the characteristics of the decoration. The subject also encompasses the history of the interior space, issues of gender, sexuality and space, and the emergence of the discipline as a profession. This series aims to explore these areas and will publish outstanding original research that will develop and add to the growing body of knowledge that currently exists in the field. The series will contextualise the current debates within Interior Design, Architecture and Decoration. It will endeavour to introduce readers to a variety of research, projects, case studies and works, placing them alongside writings and interviews from prominent academics, practitioners and researchers. The series also seeks to make clear theoretical ideas already prominent in the field of Interiors and clarify the interdisciplinary aspects of this specific area of design practice and theory.