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Digital Fabrication in Interior Design
Body, Object, Enclosure

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ISBN 9780367458812
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 208 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Digital Fabrication in Interior Design: Body, Object, Enclosure draws together emerging topics of making that span primary forms of craftsmanship to digital fabrication in order to theoretically and practically analyze the innovative and interdisciplinary relationship between digital fabrication technology and interior design. The history of making in interior design is aligned with traditional crafts, but a parallel discourse with digital fabrication has yet to be made evident. 

This book repositions the praxis of experimental prototyping and integrated technology to show how the use of digital fabrication is inherent to the interior scales of body, objects and enclosure. These three scales act as a central theme to frame contributions that reinforce the interdisciplinary nature of interior design and reinterpret traditional crafts by integrating new methods of making into conventional workflows. Featuring significant international practitioners and researchers, the selected contributions represent the ever-increasing interdisciplinary nature of design, demonstrating a breadth of disciplines.

A foundational text for interiors students and practitioners, Digital Fabrication in Interior Design expands the necessary dialogue about digital fabrication at the scale of interiors to inform design theory and practice. 

Table of Contents


List of Contributors


Igor Siddiqui



Jonathon Anderson and Lois Weinthal


Iris van Herpen: The Art of Fashioning the Future

Sue-an van der Zijpp

Great Mistakes

Noa Raviv

Fashion and Technology: The Intangible as a Working Material

Ying Gao

Random Bodies

PRAXIS: Random International

Jean Wainwright


Materiality and Objecthood: Reflections on the Work of Geoffrey Mann

Phillip Denny

Soft Objects


Evan Pavka

The Rise of the Generalist: Imaginative Architectural Practices in the Age of Digital Technology

Elena Manferdini

The Role of the Hand in Digital Design

Karl Daubmann

Emerging Objects

Virginia San Fratello


Emergent Enclosures: Granular Architectures

Karola Dierichs and Achim Menges

Three Ensembles

Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann

Occupying Categorical Limits: Material, Attitude, and Assembly

PRAXIS: FreelandBuck

Viola Ago

Conical Hinges: Shaping Ambiguous Enclosures

Sean Canty

The Figure in Translation

Nader Tehrani


Dana Cupkova



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Jonathon Anderson is an Associate Professor of Interior Design and Director of the FCAD Creative Technology Lab at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art & Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Southern Illinois University. His work explores how industrial manufacturing, robotics, and CNC technologies influence the design and making processes. As a result, the work is characterized by innovative and explorative methods that result in interconnected design, fine art, and technology solutions. From this non-traditional process emerges a provocative, complex design language that visually communicates at varied scales and emphasizes corporeal and phenomenological experiences. To Jonathon, making is not only a practice but a form of critical thinking.


Lois Weinthal is Chair of the School of Interior Design and Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her research and practice investigate the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects resulting in works that take on an experimental nature. Her teaching explores these topics where theoretical discussions in seminars are put into practice in the design studio. She is the editor of Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory, co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design, and co-editor of The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design. She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright, SSHRC, DAAD and has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. Previously, she was Director of the Interior Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She studied architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. She currently holds the position of Honorary Professor at the Glasgow School of Art.