1st Edition

The Prefabricated Interior

By Deborah Schneiderman Copyright 2025
    238 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 126 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Though much attention has been given to the prefabrication of architecture, there has been little discussion on the influence and importance of prefabrication within the interior environment.

    This book does just that, providing a comprehensive investigation into the prefab interior from the nineteenth century to the present and beyond. Each chapter focuses on the typology of the prefabricated interior, looking at the bathroom, kitchen, workspace, furniture, mobile interiors, the prefab house, textiles, wearables, and the digital realm of printed interiors. Taken as a group, these chapters and illustrations indicate that constructs of the interior have been pivotal in the generation of techniques and processes of prefabrication in Architecture and the built environment. Chapters explore a diverse range of examples of innovative prefabricated elements and assemblages within interior environments, illustrating the inherent sustainability, accessibility, building efficiency and affordability of prefabricated design.

    The culmination of a decade of research by the leading expert on the topic, this will be the go-to resource on prefabricated interiors and an important read for all students and researchers in interior design.

    Introduction: Space + Place / Thing + Artifact: The Prefabricated Interior Environment Defined  1. Soft Structure + Wearable Interiors  2. Furniture: Prefabricated Place-maker  3. Bathroom: Prefab Prototype  4.      Kitchen: Domestic Machine  5. WorkSpace: Revolution and Evolution  6. Inside/Out: The Prefab House  7. Enroute: Mass-produced mobile interiors  8. The Digital Realm: The Evolution of Printed Interiors

    Biography

    Deborah Schneiderman, RA, LEED-AP, is Professor of Interior Design at Pratt Institute and principal/founder of deSc: architecture/design/research.  Schneiderman’s scholarship and praxis explore the emerging fabricated interior environment and its materiality. Schneiderman’s publications include multiple books, chapters in edited volumes, and journal articles. Schneiderman has exhibited work and lectured internationally for peer-reviewed conferences and invited venues, including the Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Center for Architecture, and Van Alen Institute Books. Schneiderman earned a Bachelor of Science in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and MArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).