Interior design, as a relatively young discipline within the academic world of design, has historically been interpreted as an extension of other fine arts. Narratives exist, but they all too often treat interior design as a function of architecture or display rather than experience. An independent interior design theory is virtually nonexistent. Professor Lois Weinthal envisions a future where interior design is treated with parity to architecture and industrial design, a future with a new interior.
Lois Weinthal is Associate Professor of Interior Design at the School of Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin. She studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Designers & Books / Notable Books of 2011:
"If you are looking for good books on interior design theory, the pickings are quite slim. Lois Weinthals massive 648-page reader redresses this with a carefully curated collection of 48 essays, with texts by Wim Wenders, Le Corbusier, Beatriz Colomina, and (my favorite) Juhani Pallasmaa. While there is an almost too heavy reliance on essays from the field of architecture (and you cant really blame Weinthal for that), she divides the book into eight chapters, pulling from many fields: fashion, philosophy, film, and art."
— Paul Makovsky