Spring 2018

ARI 318M/388K will explore the history of interior design, covering the period from antiquity to the late eighteenth century. The primary goal of the course is to develop student’s visual vocabulary of interior design and to explore prevailing design philosophies as well as the relationship of interior design to architecture and the broader social context, including economic and social influences, throughout history. This course will focus on various aspects of interior design, including interior spaces, furniture, architectural details, and decorative arts objects.
The course meets twice a week for one-and-a-half hours. Students are expected to read a wide array of primary and background texts. Student work will demonstrate understanding of history including:

  • Identification, classification, and evaluation of historic periods of furniture, interiors, and decorative interior details.
  • Research of historic interiors and ability to recreate authentic period interiors relevant to historic preservation.
  • Development of writing ability through research papers on historic interiors, furniture and/or designers.
  • Describing the dominant technological, cultural, and social  influences  of  historical interiors, furniture, and decorative arts.

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