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Revolution: Interior Design from 1950
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Jan 2017
Stock Code: 84195
Total votes: 4
The last half of the twentieth century saw the emergence, evolution and consolidation of a distinct interior design practice and profession. This book provides comprehensive coverage of the significant events and individuals that shaped the evolution of interior design. Through first hand interviews with practitioners and clients, this book identifies how the social and cultural context affected the evolution of the profession and how that evolution separates the history of interior design from that of architecture.
This book is invaluable for students and practitioners, providing a detailed specialist, contemporary historical analysis of their profession and is beautifully illustrated, with over 200 photos and images from the 1950s through to the present day.
Edward Hollis, Professor of Interior Design, Director of Research, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Drew Plunkett's account, unlike many, avoids 'picking up theoretical scraps from the architect's table.'
This is a tale of 'talented and ambitious provincials going to London to find opportunities and to transform what they found; of people who perplexed careers advisors but went on to define a new career.' Plunkett, having educated generations of them, is one of the best placed writers in the UK to tell their story, and he does so with wry wit, personal insight, and a real dedication to his subject.
A key read for practitioners, teachers and students of an ephemeral and challenging discipline that all too often loses sight of it's own histories.
Professor Graeme Brooker, Head of Interior Design, Royal College of Art, London
This book is an authoritative and unequivocal voice to the study of the history of Interior Design. It is a provocative and comprehensive account of the practitioners and projects, cultural phenomena and critical commentaries that have shaped today's interior profession. If you really want to understand where, when, and how the profession began, this is the definitive, vital source book.
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