Interiors Beyond Architecture defines territories specific to place where the interior exists either without a building architecture, or where it transcends the architecture that it is within. These include inhabitable art, interiors for display, infrastructural interiors, stage sets, repurposed interiors, mobile interiors, interiors formed from nature, extreme environments, interior landscapes, and exterior spaces with interior conditions. Arguably, the earliest places of inhabitation and design were interiors without architecture—caves and cliff dwellings—essentially naturally occurring interiors in the landscape. Today, we see a rapidly growing need for expertise about the human occupation of space in environments beyond those that are explicitly architectural, like vehicular design, infrastructural space, and urban environments. Interior Designers are increasingly asked to consider not only the typical scenario of designing for building interiors but also to consider emerging specialties within and beyond the discipline of Architecture. With their book, Interiors Beyond Architecture, Deborah Schneiderman and Amy Campos seek to highlight the relevance and importance of the expanding discipline of Interior Design today, presenting a series of often-radical propositions about the nature of the interior itself. Please join us for a discussion with the authors.
Amy Campos is Associate Professor of Interior Design at California College of the Arts. Her work focuses on durability and design with special interest in the impermanent, migratory and extreme potentials of the interior. Campos' work spans a variety of scales and platforms, from inhabited urban and architectural spaces to object and furniture design. Her essays include "Survivalism, Interiorization and Exclusivity" (Interior Futures, 2018), “Territory and Inhabitation” (Interior Architecture Theory Reader, 2017), “Interior Migrations” (iijournal, 2013) and “Optimistic Projections on the Cultures of Mass Consumption and Waste” (Forward, 2011).
Deborah Schneiderman is Professor of Interior Design in the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute as well as a registered architect and the principal and founder of deSc: architecture/design/research. Her scholarship and practice explore the emerging fabricated interior environment and its materiality. A widely published design scholar, her publications include Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior (Princeton Architectural Press, 2012) and The Prefab Bathroom: An Architectural History (McFarland, 2014). In addition, Schneiderman was co-editor of Textile, Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space (Bloomsbury, 2016).