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Interior Atmospheres

Julieanna Preston (Guest Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-51254-8
128 pages
May 2008
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What is exactly meant by "atmosphere" when describing a room? Does it refer to space, decor, lighting, or color? While often referred to in design magazines, atmosphere, and, more critically, the elements that create it, have rarely been analyzed. Written by a leading designer and academic, Interior Atmospheres, the latest issue of AD, offers an in-depth examination of the subject of interior atmosphere in three parts: the speculative, the evocative, and the conversant. In the speculative section, a number of prominent designers, such as Claudio Lazzarini and Philip Stark, "speculate" on an interior, creating original interiors. The evocative section deals with ephemeral projects and the more transient qualities of space. The conversant section features interviews with prominent designers and thinkers, including architect and theorist Joel Saunders and architect Wolf Prix. Here is a fascinating look at one of design's most compelling, yet elusive subjects for architects, interior designers, and students alike.
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Table of Contents

Editorial (Helen Castle).

Introduction: In the Mi(d)st Of (Julieanna Preston).

This is Not Entertainment: Experiencing the Dream House (Ted Krueger).

Making Sense: The MIX House (Joel Sanders and Karen Van Lengen).

The Aesthetics of Air: Experiments in Visualising the Invisible (Malte Wagenfeld).

Domestic Afterlives:  Rachel Whiteread’s Ghost (Rachel Carley).

Olafur Eliasson and the Circulation of Affects and Percepts: In Conversation (Hélène Frichot).

Affecting Data (Julieanna Preston).

Multivalent Performance in the Work of Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki and David J Lewis).

Condensation: Regionalism and the Room in John Yeon’s Watzek House (Mary Anne Beecher).

Walter Pichler’s House: Next to the Smithy: Atmosphere and Ground (Paul James).

Bridging the Threshold of Interior and Landscape: An Interview with Petra Blaisse (Lois Weinthal).

Off the Peg: The Bespoke Interiors of Ben Kelly (Graeme Brooker and Sally Stone).

Living with Freud (Lilian Chee).

Spatial Hardware and Software. (Rochus Urban Hinkel).

The Atmosphere of Interior Urbanism: OMA at IIT (Charles Rice).

Artists of the Floating World: SANAA, Niedermayr and the Construction of Atmosphere (Hugh Campbell).

Interior Eye: SANAA’s New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York (Jayne Merkel).

Building Profile: Watford Music Centre (David Littlefield).

Practice Profile: Arup Associates (Jay Merrick)

Unit Factor: Can Architectural Design Be Research? (Michael Weinstock).

Spiller’s Bits: Architects as Hairdressers (Neil Spiller).

Yeang’s Eco-Files: Biofuel from Algae (Ken Yeang).

McLean’s Nuggets (Will McLean).

Userscape: Space on Earth: A Virtual Portal Between the Earth and Outer Space (Valentina Croci).

Site Lines: Permeating Walls (Howard Watson).

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Author Information

Julieanna Preston’s life as an academic, researcher and design practitioner spans architecture, landscape architecture, furniture design, construction, carpentry, interior design, urban design, and digital fabrication. Published internationally, she has most recently contributed towards advancing interior design with a book, INTIMUS: Interior Design Theory Reader (John Wiley & Sons, 2006), which she co-edited with Mark Taylor. She is internationally recognised as a champion of design as research through her creative and textual works on the architectural aesthetics of seismic strengthening (see Moments of Resistance, Archadia, 2000) and new urban furnishings derived from garment construction (see Architectural Design Review, RMIT, 2005, and AD: Surface Consciousness, Wiley, 2002). She works and lives in Wellington, New Zealand.
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"Interior Atmospheres offers valuable and provocative possibilities for all designers to stretch beyond the obvious" (Journal of Architectural Education, November 2008)
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