What is taste? This well-curated collection documents new theories and emerging critical practices in the field of interior design. It investigates taste, a concept central to the formation of the discipline in the eighteenth century that was repudiated by architects in the early twentieth century, but which continues to play an important role in interior design today. Essays by historians and critics are complemented by interviews with practitioners on the margins of normative practice and portfolios of the work of contemporary designers.
Kent Kleinman is the Gale and Ira Drukier Dean of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning (AAP) at Cornell University. Joanna Merwood-Salisbury is an Assistant Professor in the School of Constructed Environments at Parsons The New School for Design, where she lectures on architecture, urbanism, and interior design. Lois Weinthal is an Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin.
"This fresh, perceptive, and provocative look at our profession deserves a wide audience."
"Perfect for folks who might like to delve a little deeper into the world of interior design and really become masters at reinventing their environments... With 256 pages and over 70 color illustrations, youll not only be delving deeper, youll be enjoying it, too."