The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design

Edited by Graeme Brooker and Lois Weinthal (Bloomsbury, 2013)

The Interior and its design is a subject that encompasses a vast and diverse range of education, research and practice. It is a discipline that spans ideas as complex and diverse as human behavior, anthropology, cultural geography, history and technology. The interior is often used as a vehicle for researchers and practitioners to gain insight into social issues such as patterns of consumption, gender, identity and politics, much of which is done through the analysis of inhabited space. It is also a multi-disciplinary practice that overlaps with architecture, fashion, furniture, exhibition design, graphics, and installation art. Multiplicity is at the core of Interior Designs identity. Until recently, the interior design discipline has primarily been viewed through a limited lens of history and vocational techniques. The stage has now been set to reassess the interior to reveal the dynamic discipline it has become.

The Handbook of Interior Architecture and Design consists of a series of commissioned essays that address past, current and future practices within the interior. Essay contributions are made by an international array of scholars to provide a global forum for a comprehensive range of texts, critical reflections and unique insights.  It aims to contextualise current debates regarding the environmental and spatial arts such as Interior Design, Interior Architecture and Interior Decoration, and explores their overlapping discourses with spatially related disciplines, and endeavors to present current thinking from across the world. It also aims to make clear ideas already prominent in the field of Interiors and clarify the interdisciplinary aspects of design research, theory and practice.

Graeme Brooker has written extensively on the interior and in particular the philosophical and theoretical implications of reworking of existing spaces and buildings. This includes the subjects of waste and redundancy. Other work by Brooker includes the exploration of the numerous narratives that underpin the history of the interior and the ambiguity of the subject field and the impact of this condition on the discipline through its research, education, practice and the agents undertaking it.