Cohabitation With Design

September 13, 2010

Designing from past to present…

Filed under: Design & Art — Tags: , , , — Concept Interior Design @ 5:06 pm

I was able to get my hands on a copy of a 1971, “The Practical Encyclopedia of Good Decorating and Home Improvement, Volume 5.” This book is a real gem, in my opinion. I have flipped through it and found that regardless of the definite 1970’s styling and color schemes, the game remains the same. This book covers, “how to select chairs that are decorative, comfortable, and durable,” “how to plan rooms suitable to your youngsters’ needs and tastes,” “how to arrange collections to create focus and visual rhythms,” “a complete guide to the properties, effects, and uses of color,” and many more topics.

This book is not only extremely interesting to me as an interior designer, but fun to look at. I recognize similar ideas and rules that seem to have applied to design regardless of time periods. This book holds true that color has always played a dominate role in designing spaces and that locations can dictate our home decor…”living patters are established, to a great degree, by the surrounding climate. each part of the country has peculiarities of its own that influence the choice of home furnishings.”

I have a very strong sense of color and feel that it plays a huge role in why I am an interior designer. The chapter on color was very interesting to me. It covers everything from color wheels to “why the ancients used color.” Overall, this is a very fun book where we can all learn a bit more about our design history.

Don’t forget to read the captions under the scanned images above…


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