1st Edition

Digital Fabrication in Interior Design Body, Object, Enclosure

Edited By Jonathon Anderson, Lois Weinthal Copyright 2022
    266 Pages 208 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 208 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    Jonathon Anderson and Lois Weinthal

    Part I: Body

    1. Iris van Herpen: The Art of Fashioning the Future

    Sue-an van der Zijpp

    2. Great Mistakes

    Noa Raviv

    3. Fashion and Technology: The Intangible as a Working Material

    Ying Gao

    4. Random Bodies: PRAXIS: Random International

    Jean Wainwright

    Part II: Objectâ–¡

    5. An Architectural Romance between Subject and Object

    Brandon Clifford

    6. Materiality and Objecthood: Reflections on the Work of Geoffrey Mann

    Phillip Denny

    7. Soft Objects: PRAXIS: Assa Studio

    Evan Pavka

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

    Elena Manferdini

    9. The Role of the Hand in Digital Design

    Karl Daubmann

    10. Emerging Objects

    Virginia San Fratello

    Part III: Enclosure

    11. Emergent Enclosures: Granular Architectures

    Karola Dierichs and Achim Menges

    12. Three Ensembles

    Ashley Bigham and Erik Herrmann

    13. Occupying Categorical Limits: Material, Attitude and Assembly: PRAXIS: FreelandBuck

    Viola Ago

    14. Conical Hinges: Shaping Ambiguous Enclosures

    Sean Canty

    15. The Figure in Translation

    Nader Tehrani

    Endnote – Trajectory: Cradling Bodies: Trajectories of Minds, Objects and Enclosures

    Dana Cupkova


    Jonathon Anderson is the Associate Chair and an Associate Professor of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Additionally, Jonathon serves as the Director of The Creative School Design + Technology Lab. 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 Interior Design at The Creative School and Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. 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. Lois has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright, SSHRC and 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. Lois 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.