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The Handbook of Interior Design

ISBN: 978-1-4443-3628-3
576 pages
April 2015, Wiley-Blackwell
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The Handbook of Interior Design explores ways of thinking that inform the discipline of interior design. It challenges readers to consider the connections within theory, research, and practice and the critical underpinnings that have shaped interior design.

  • Offers a theory of interior design by moving beyond a descriptive approach to the discipline to a 'why and how' study of interiors
  • Provides a full overview of the most current Interior Design research and scholarly thought from around the world
  • Explores examples of research designs and methodological approaches that are applicable to interior design upper division and graduate education courses
  • Brings together an international team of contributors, including well established scholars alongside emerging voices in the field – reflecting mature and emergent ideas, research, and philosophies in the field
  • Exemplifies where interior design sits in its maturation as a discipline and profession through inclusion of diverse authors, topics, and ideas
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors viii

Preface xv

Introduction: The Shaping of Interior Design 1


1 An Overview of Phenomenology for the Design Disciplines 11
David Wang

2 Dorothy Draper and the American Housewife: A Study of Class Values and Success 29
John C. Turpin

3 The Political Interior 46
Mary Anne Beecher

4 Taylorizing the Modern Interior: Counter-Origins 58
Ronn M. Daniel

5 Bringing the Past In: Narrative Inquiry and the Preservation of Historic Interiors 70
Erin Cunningham


6 Aesthetic Coding in Interior Design 97
Mads Nygaard Folkmann

7 Toward a Creative Ecology of Workplace Design 112
Margaret Portillo and Jason Meneely

8 Designing Emotional Connection into the Workplace: A Story of Authentic Leadership 128
Sheila Danko

9 Exploring the Schism: Toward an Empathetic Language 148
Shauna Corry Hernandez

10 Ways of Knowing in Design: A Position on the Culture of Interior Design Practice 171
Janice Barnes

11 Sustainable Life-Span Design: A New Model 186
Amber Joplin

12 Frameworks for Decision-Making in Design for the Aging 212
Halime Demirkan

13 Designing More Successful Social Spaces: Lessons Learned from a Continuing Care Retirement Community Study 226
Nichole M. Campbell

14 Developing a Person-Centric Design Philosophy 246
Jill Pable

15 In Support of Contemporary Identity: The Modern Palestinian Home 260
May Sayrafi

16 Creativity in Interior Design: Cross-Cultural Practitioners’ Reviews of Entry-Level Portfolios 273
Siriporn Kobnithikulwong

17 Human Responses to Water Elements in Interior Environments: A Culture and Gender Comparison 293
Gwo Fang Lin

18 Concerns with Daylight and Health Outcomes 310
Michael D. Kroelinger

19 Healthy Interiors for the Visually Impaired 327
Dak Kopec

20 Interior People Places: The Impact of the Built Environment on the Third Place Experience 347
Dana Vaux

21 Places in the Virtual and Physical Continuum: Examining the Impact of Virtual Behaviors on Place Attributes of Wireless Coffee Shops 366
Newton D’Souza and Yu Fong Lin

22 The Relationship between Historic Preservation and Sustainability in Interior Design 382
Lisa Tucker

23 Forging Empathetic Connections to Create Compatible Designs in Historic Buildings 393
Jessica Goldsmith


24 The Phenomenological Contribution to Interior Design Education and Research: Place, Environmental Embodiment, and Architectural Sustenance 417
David Seamon

25 Testing a Culture-Based Design Pedagogy: A Case Study 432
Abimbola O. Asojo

26 Connecting the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to the Discipline of Interior Design 446
Isil Oygur and Bryan D. Orthel

27 Engaging Voices within a Dynamic Problem-Based Learning Context 465
Tiiu Poldma

28 Aesthetic Theory and Interior Design Pedagogy 478
Ji Young Cho and Benyamin Schwarz

29 Interior Design Teaching and Learning in Elementary and Secondary Education (K-12) 497
Stephanie A. Clemons

30 Community-Building through Interior Design Education 516
Patrick Lucas

31 A Reflective Journey in Teaching Interior Design: The Virtual Studio 524
Kathleen Gibson

Index 538

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Author Information

Jo Ann Asher Thompson, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Interior Design at Washington State University. Thompson served as President and Chairman of the Board of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and served five years as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interior Design. She is a recipient of the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Educator of the Year Award. Amongst other publications, Thompson is editor of The ASID Professional Manual (1992).

Nancy Blossom is Professor of Interior Design at Washington State University and served as Director of the Interdisciplinary Design Institute and as the Director of the Doctor of Design Program. Blossom is a Fellow of the Interior Design Educators Council and served as the Council’s President and Chairman of the Board. In 2010 Blossom joined other leaders in the field of Interior Design on a panel of experts in review of the Body of Knowledge (of Interior Design) project sponsored by professional organizations of the U. S. and Canada. Blossom has served as reviewer of interior design programs in Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Canada, and the United States. 

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The Handbook of Interior Design captures some of the best thinking available in the field.  We are reminded of the value of design in shaping the human experience and the power we hold as designers to positively impact society.”

 Lisa Waxman, Florida State University

 “In this important collection of work gathered and edited by Thompson and Blossom, I am struck by three critical themes relative to the profession of Interior Design: the importance of research at both the academic and practice levels which guides and shapes our creative outcomes; the richness, diversity and complexity of this ‘thing’ we call Interior Design; and the time-honored importance of people connected to place. Each of these three things lives on its own as subject matter, but together form the foundation of our profession.  For anyone interested in provoking their knowledge of Interior Design in the first part of the 21st century, this is the go-to resource.”

Eileen Jones, Perkins + Will

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