1st Edition

Inside Information The defining concepts of interior design

By Sally Stone, Edward Hollis Copyright 2022
    320 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    Every built structure has an interior: whether it takes the rough form of a rudimentary shelter, the grey walls of a hospital or the finessed decoration of a one-off residence. We spend most of our time inside buildings. Shut your eyes and you will find yourself in your own interior. You will always be inside. Mastering the language, thinking and history of the interior is critical to understanding and designing spaces. This essential primer transcends the boundaries and genres that often define interiors, providing a comprehensive view of the concepts and vocabulary of interior design. Written as an accessible ‘treasury’ of principal terms and ideas, Inside Information engages with the past, uncovering the future potential of the interior, and its design.

    • Introduces the reader to 26 key terms, from ante- to zeitgeist.
    • Covers areas of study from the very practical – structures, decoration and sustainability – to the philosophical – gender, space and light.
    • Features sources, ranging from: Le Corbusier to Norman Foster; Jacques Derrida to Noam Chomsky; Virginia Woolf to George Orwell.
    • Highly illustrated with over 100 photographs and drawings.

    Introduction Intervals Ante- Zeitgeist Quotidian Position Space Domains Outside X Axis Wallpaper Yard Upholstery Demesnes Bureaux Lavatory Commons Room Enfilade Affects Mood Nook Gloss Threshold Décor Effects Jamb Vanity Furniture Knick Knack Home Epilogue Index


    Ed Hollis studied Architecture at Cambridge and Edinburgh Universities; and practiced as an architect for six years, first in Sri Lanka, in the practice of Geoffrey Bawa, then in the practice of Richard Murphy. In 2012 he became Deputy Director of Research, and in 2015, Director of Research across Edinburgh College of Art. He is now Deputy Dean of Research across the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences assisting staff in developing research interests and projects of their own.

    Sally Stone lives in the north of England, a small country on the northwest edge of Europe. She has been designing, formulating ideas and writing about building reuse for thirty years. Sally is a Reader at the Manchester School of Architecture where she leads the Master of Architecture programme.