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    1. Patternmaking for Fashion Design
    $75.00 $51.00
    2. Professional Practice for Interior
    $60.00 $39.97
    3. Scalamandre: Luxurious Home Interiors
    $33.96 $27.36 list($39.95)
    4. Bungalow Bathrooms
    $80.00 $60.85
    5. A History of Interior Design
    $19.77 $15.60 list($29.95)
    6. The Party Planner
    $160.95 $140.21 list($185.00)
    7. Medical and Dental Space Planning
    8. Early Georgian Interiors
    $68.25 $58.21 list($75.00)
    9. Successful Restaurant Design
    $17.46 $14.95 list($24.95)
    10. The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions
    $31.50 $31.49 list($50.00)
    11. Great Escapes: New Designs for
    $81.60 $61.00
    12. Beginnings of Interior Environments,
    $31.96 $26.76 list($39.95)
    13. Prefab
    $31.50 $29.75 list($50.00)
    14. Hamptons Havens : The Best of
    $40.95 list($65.00)
    15. Maison--Christian Liaigre
    $26.37 $19.98 list($39.95)
    16. Modern Glamour : The Art of Unexpected
    $33.96 $19.97 list($39.95)
    17. French by Design
    $28.35 $14.25 list($45.00)
    18. Preston Bailey's Design for Entertaining:
    $29.70 $26.61 list($45.00)
    19. Interior Design Visual Presentation:
    $77.35 $65.85 list($85.00)
    20. Interior Graphic Standards

    1. Patternmaking for Fashion Design (4th Edition)
    by Helen Joseph-Armstrong
    list price: $77.33
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    Asin: 0131112112
    Catlog: Book (2005-01-15)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 331748
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    Reviews (19)

    5-0 out of 5 stars The textbook I go back to most often
    This was one of my favorite textbooks from design school. It's the one I refer back to most often, because I know what I want will be there, and will be presented clearly. It is the most complete reference I have in my library for flat-patternmaking, and covers everything from making basic slopers from measurements (the book provides measurements for standard sizes, or substitute a real client's), through all sorts of bodices, sleeves, collars, skirts, pants, and other details. Also included are sections on knitwear, including swimwear, and a good portion of the book is devoted to children's clothing. Highly recommended and well worth the price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    This is a great book to learn how to make patterns and also a great reference if you already know how. The pictures and diagrams are very detailed and helpful and the instructions are easy to read. I highly reccomend it!

    2-0 out of 5 stars [Knock off]
    Okay, this book promises good stuff, but ... could it be any harder to understand? You basically need two books to interpret how to make a single pattern. Very vague. We use this book at FIDM and I think it would have been better if the two books we use were put into one. Use it if you must, because it is a good reference for children's and body suits. Also, the illustrations are better than most.

    3-0 out of 5 stars It has its shortcomings
    This is the book we use at my college. I can't compare it to other patternmaking books, but I know that Armstrong's has problems and really needs a good editor. Occasionally, steps are missing and measurements aren't accurate, and both my classmates and my teacher have found it frustrating.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Teacher's Guide
    I am living in Jamaica West Indies,We do not have this book here on the market so a friend who travel brought it and lown it to me .As a fashion desinging teacher i found this book very good,i need one for myself but i can notbuy it through this method.
    So the bottom line is i used this book as my teaching guide.
    Thank you.
    I am,
    Cynthia Mcdonald.
    31 Aqualitavale Ave,
    Kingston 20.
    jamaica West Indes. ... Read more

    2. Professional Practice for Interior Designers, 3rd Edition
    by ChristinePiotrowski
    list price: $75.00
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    Asin: 0471384011
    Catlog: Book (2001-07-27)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 33246
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The tools needed to create and manage a thriving interior design practice
    This essential sourcebook provides all of the information needed to establish and manage a productive, profitable interior design firm. Filled with savvy business and career advice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition delivers updated and expanded coverage of the full range of legal, financial, management, marketing, administrative, and ethical issues faced by sole practitioners, firm principals, and managers.
    This comprehensive reference lays out clear, practical guidelines on how to structure a contract and prevent legal problems; work with other designers, allied professionals, clients, and vendors; and calculate fees that are both fair and profitable. Recommended reading for NCIDQ candidates, it offers easy-to-follow tips and instruction on how to:
    * Write and implement a successful business plan
    * Choose the right form of business to fit specific needs
    * Institute strategic planning
    * Develop effective promotional tools
    * Manage finances and set up a computerized accounting system
    * Manage employees and team members
    Establishing a comprehensive foundation for effective business practice, Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Third Edition is the one-stop resource that no interior designer can afford to be without.
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    Reviews (5)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Get It!
    This book reads like a friend whispering all the good advice and secrets of the interior design business in your ear. I wish my Professional Practices class had used this text. It's a lot of information but Christine Piotrowski truly takes you by the hand and lets you know what you need to prepare for in a budding interior design business as well as how the interior design business is done in general. I will be referencing this book again and again. A huge thank you and bravo to Christine Piotrowski

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have!
    This book was used for both Business Practice For Interior Design & Sales and Marketing. I had no need to consult any other source. "This is a great book" THANKS..

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
    Outstanding, fabulous, fabulous book. Extremely helpful to me in starting my own firm. Well written. Well organized. Invaluable.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read
    This one is a must read if you are considering a degree in interior design. I found it extremely helpful in planning my career path.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It's all about color picking, right?
    FINALLY, a book that was written for the trained interior design professional. The author explains in detail how to legally and financially start and run a professional interior design business. The author is affiliated with the NCIDQ and definitely understands the difference between decorating and designing. Excellent read for anyone seeking or even just curious about the ins and outs of starting a business. ... Read more

    3. Scalamandre: Luxurious Home Interiors
    by Brian D. Coleman, DAN MAYERS
    list price: $60.00
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    Asin: 1586854089
    Catlog: Book (2004-10)
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
    Sales Rank: 38332
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    Book Description

    Since 1929, Scalamandré has been weaving its own exquisite silks, wools, linens and cottons as well as laboriously hand making elaborate and ornate passementerie (trims, cordings, tiebacks and fringes) for some of the finest interiors in the world.Scalamandré also has the unique role of being the major manufacturer of historical fabrics in the world, and over the years has woven historically accurate textiles for restorations ranging from the Red Room of the White House to William Morris' home in England.

    At last, the story of this leading design and manufacturing house is told, and is introduced by personal reminiscences by Adriana Scalamandre Bitter, chairman of the board.

    Tour some of the most exclusive and well-appointed homes in America, and experience the lavish and colorful furnishings, draperies, wall coverings, and decorative elements that Scalamandre textiles produces. From Traditional to Neoclassical, from Cottage to Country French, Scalamandre products exude personality and exemplify elegance.

    Designers featured in the book include: Michael Simon, Melinda Gray, Nancy Serafini, Carol Knott, Robert Bitter, and JZ Knight.

    Brian D. Coleman, M.D., is a practicing psychiatrist in Seattle, Washington.Brian is a graduate of Stanford University and Chicago Medical School.Also an old house enthusiast, Brian has grown his love for historic restoration into an active second career. He is the author of Classic Cottages, Vintage Victorian Textiles, and The Victorian Dining Room. Brian divides his time between New York and Seattle.

    Dan Mayers is a New York-based photographer whose work appears regularly in Country Decorating, Country Collectibles, and Country Victorian as well as Old House Interiors.His work has been included in such books as The Ultimate Kitchen and has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. ... Read more

    4. Bungalow Bathrooms
    by Jane Powell, Linda Svendsen
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 1586850814
    Catlog: Book (2001-09-21)
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
    Sales Rank: 57933
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    •The hands-on sourcebook for creating or restoring a stylish bathroom in the Arts & Crafts spirit.

    In this sequel to the best-selling Bungalow Kitchens, Jane Powell and Linda Svendsen turn to the second most complex room in the house. As reflected in these pages, the bathroom can—and should—be a beautiful extension of the home style—and what better examples than those from the Arts & Crafts era.

    Though it may seem a self-evident feature of the Arts & Crafts style, bungalow bathrooms are truly artistic endeavors. They go beyond the traditional pedestal sink and claw-foot tub to some of the most beautiful tile work, woodwork, fixtures, and decorative elements available. Bungalow Bathrooms is a guide to restoring or designing a period-style bathroom for a bungalow or other early-twentieth-century house. It provides a wealth of information about flooring, cabinets, countertops, fixtures, faucets, and all the other elements that make up a bungalow bathroom, as well as advice on how to integrate modern technology while maintaining the bungalow look.

    Jane Powell, the author of Bungalow Kitchens, is the proprietor of House Dressing, a business dedicated to renovating and preserving old homes, particularly bungalows. She is the former president of the historic preservation organization in her hometown of Oakland, California.

    Linda Svendsen, a graduate of Music and Art High School and Parsons School of Design in New York, specializes in architectural interior and exterior photography. Her work has been seen most recently in Camps and Cottages, Bungalow Kitchens, Old House Journal, Old House Interiors, Victorian Decorating, and Lifestyles Magazine. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Bungalow Bathrooms is BOSS!
    If you are even thinking about restoring the bathroom(s) in a pre-1940 house, this book is a "must have" for you. Jane Powell put everything you would ever want to know in there. This lady knows so much about antique bathroom fixtures it's SCARY! Written with a touch of humor reflecting this most personal of rooms. Just a hint of sexual innuendo mixed in with illustrated and narrative factual detail. Everything is included from hundreds of great photographs of period fittings and fixtures, floors and walls, to detailed text describing the nuances and subtleties of such things as tile, windows and doors, lighting, Fuller-ball faucets, bathtub restoration, angle stops, plumbing code issues, wash-down, wash-out and syphon-jet toilets featuring lions and dolphins, and much, much more. There is the most complete listing of resources for everything you need for a period bathroom restoration at the back of the book as well. As in Bungalow Kitchens, the camera work was handled by Linda Svendsen and it is Super too! In summary.......GET THIS BOOK!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Must Have if you are doing a bungalow renovation!!!
    I am doing a bungalow renovation, serving as the designer and general contractor ALTHO I have no experience in either area. I was all done, so I thought, but during the process made the decision not to replace the circa 1995 vinyl squares floor because I couldnt fine anything better. Voila! The room was all done, but - the floor looked totally yuck/wrong because rest of the room was in beautiful new correct bungalow style . I turned to this book for inspiration- and studied all the pictures- evening after evening. The right answer came! light grey 4" hex tiles! I am so thrilled even tho some of the work had to be redone... the floor pulled everything together.. like a little exclamation point. "BUNGALOW BATHROOMS" saves the day!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must for those restoring or remodeling a bungalow bathroom
    This book is a wealth of information for anyone restoring or remodeling a bungalow bathroom! All the information I have been searching for is right here in one book. We demolished a BAD 70's remodel, and are in the process of restoring our bath to it's original (1926) condition. This book covers it all beautifully!
    Especially helpful are the sections labeled 'Obsessive restoration' and 'Compromise solution'. These give you choices on how historically accurate you would like to be. These sections have kept my husband and I out of marriage counseling!
    I would highly recommend this book. I liked this book so much I want to get the others available from these authors.

    5-0 out of 5 stars How did that bathroom REALLY look? Read on.
    A valuable resource for anyone considering options for the period restoration of a bathroom. We fell in love with this book as we've tried to solve our own first floor bathroom dilemma. From tile to wainscoting to fixtures to lighting to colors to ideas on decoration, this book is PACKED with great photos, an unsurpassed section on history, and guidelines for both the average and "obsessive" restorationist. The best thing about the book is imagining what it will be like to actually have an (attractive) working bathroom some day!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Yes, this book is about how to _live_ with old stuff...
    ... and that's what makes it so wonderful. If you're considering re-doing a bathroom in a 19th or early 20th century house---whether you'll be restoring an original room or destroying a 70's "renovation"---you need this book.

    The author has a comprehensive awareness of both the stylistic and the practical issues involved. She also has a sense of humor about it all.

    I was particularly impressed by the pictures. Several of the historical rooms are studied in careful detail, wth closeups of many features---not just the major plumbing fixtures. Also, all the photos were taken specifically for this book; so many bathroom-advice books feature mostly manufacturer-supplied photos that bear little relation to the text. ... Read more

    5. A History of Interior Design
    by JohnPile
    list price: $80.00
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    Asin: 0471464341
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-06)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 179821
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    Book Description

    Much like the history of art, the history of interior design encompasses numerous styles, movements and the international political and social developments that have informed or challenged its evolution.This lavishly illustrated book will be of interest to anyone who appreciates interior design as well as antiques, furniture design, textiles, decorative objects and the general evolution of the space where we work and live.

    The new edition contains 150 new photos, 35 new line drawings, 32 more pages, making it more lavish than the first. A companion web site filled with even more images is also new to this edition and offers great value. ... Read more

    6. The Party Planner
    by David Tutera
    list price: $29.95
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    Asin: 0821261657
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-27)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 9032
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    Book Description

    David Tutera is a highly regarded event designer whose clients have included Elton John, Barbara Walters, Star Jones, and Susan Lucci. He is also the host of a new one-hour, twice-daily program on the Discovery Channel, Party Planner with David Tutera, that debuts in January 2005. On the show, Tutera lends his expertise to people looking to throw an unforgettable party on an everyday budget. Tutera brings a fresh, original twist to holiday parties while retaining time-honored traditions. He demonstrates novel and affordable--yet utterly sophisticated--approaches to special occasions, holiday and cocktail parties, and dinner parties.

    In this heavily illustrated book of the same name, each chapter covers a different party that will also be aired on the show. Tutera emphasizes addressing all five senses--the taste, the look, the sound, the scent, and the touch--of every event. Also included are "Tutera Tips" for invitations, entertainment, decor, menu ideas, table settings, and floral arrangements.

    David Tutera is already a noted name, but THE PARTY PLANNER will bring his reputation and signature approach in entertaining to a broad new audience. ... Read more

    7. Medical and Dental Space Planning : A Comprehensive Guide to Design, Equipment, and Clinical Procedures
    by JainMalkin
    list price: $185.00
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    Asin: 0471385743
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-03)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 60498
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    Book Description

    This definitive reference offers detailed analyses of more than thirty medical and dental specialties and their respective space planning requirements. New to the third edition is coverage of new medical specialties including reproductive enhancement, LASIX eye surgery, breast care centers, larger ambulatory centers, and medical oncology. It also offers up-to-date information on digital technology-electronic medical records, digital imaging, diagnostic instruments, and networked communications-and how it impacts the design of medical and dental facilities. You'll also find out about recent changes in regulatory agency reviews of office-based surgery practices and ADA compliance. ... Read more

    8. Early Georgian Interiors
    by John Cornforth
    list price: $85.00
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    Asin: 0300103301
    Catlog: Book (2004-12-01)
    Publisher: Yale University Press
    Sales Rank: 216995
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    Book Description

    An authoritative and lavishly illustrated survey of the interiors of the grand houses of early eighteenth-century BritainThe interiors of the great country and town houses built in Britain in the eighteenth century were splendid creations, increasingly extravagant as fashions changed and aristocratic home owners attempted to outdo one another. This gorgeous book surveys the decorative schemes of these fabulous homes, considering the combined effects created by design, furniture, textiles, silver, and artworks.John Cornforth, the foremost authority on British interiors of this era, covers a wide range of subjects. He discusses changing social practice and the uses to which rooms were put; the way that fashions in dress mirrored fashions in interiors; the impact of chinoiserie and Eastern styles that became prevalent due to burgeoning trade; the primacy of upholstery in beds, curtains, wall hangings, seat furniture, and case covers; the influence of decorator William Kent; and the ways that collections of art were integrated into designs. And he concludes with detailed case studies of eight preeminent country houses.Engagingly written and generously illustrated, this book is certain to appeal to anyone who maintains, restores, or enjoys visiting historic houses.John Cornforth has been the architecture editor for Country Life magazine for many years. He has also acted as architectural consultant to the National Trust, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and numerous private owners.
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    9. Successful Restaurant Design
    by Regina S.Baraban, Joseph F.Durocher
    list price: $75.00
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    Asin: 0471359351
    Catlog: Book (2001-01-26)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 42836
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The design of a restaurant plays a critical role in attracting and keeping customers today. To create a successful restaurant interior, designers must understand the technical side of a restaurant operation and know how to create an ambience that satisfies a restaurant's owner and clientele. This book provides a comprehensive, up-to-date introduction to the process of restaurant design. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
    With 27 years of restaurant experience I know the importance of design to the success of a restaurant. What is often overlooked, however, is that the kitchen and dining spaces have to work together. The authors of Successful Restaurant Design are the first to point out the importance of a holistic approach to restaurant design. Their insights into the design process are a must read for anyone planning a new restaurant or renovating an existing facility. The chapter of interviews offers readers design tips from leading designers and restaurateurs. And the case studies offer a straighforward way of understanding simple solutions to complex issues. This book belongs in the library of every restaurateur and designer interested in keeping up with front and back of the house design. ... Read more

    10. The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions
    by Charles T. Randall, Patricia M. Howard
    list price: $24.95
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    Asin: 1890379034
    Catlog: Book (2002-04)
    Publisher: Randall International
    Sales Rank: 11735
    Average Customer Review: 3.93 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    To help you achieve you own perfect window treatment is the goal of The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions. The uniqueness--and success--of this book lies combining the presentation of 1000 illustrations with a truly encyclopedic display of window treatments. Whether a budget is lavish or modest, this book offers the optimum number of choices in an individual design situation. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great picture guide for window treatment styles
    THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF WINDOW FASHIONS: 1000 DECORATING IDEAS FOR WINDOWS, BEDDING AND ACCESSORIES is a wonderful picture reference guide for designers when planning a room. It is an easy way to locate the perfect window treatment you are searching for to complete a room and to show the customer an idea of the finished product. It has many types of styles in each category of fabric window treatment and includes many kinds of pillows, bed coverings, etc.. This book includes more styles than I have seen anywhere in any one book. It is wonderful if you are looking for drawings of many, many, many kinds of window treatments.

    2-0 out of 5 stars The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions : 1000 Decorating Ideas
    You will be surprised how amazing the patterns of the curtains that they have in the book.

    But initially it is a great dissapointment to me cause the book doesn't teaches me the way on how to start and how the diagram of the curtain looks like.

    I would rather recommend this book to them who really have the advance knowledge of making curtains and also for them who wanted to see more designs in a curtains.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EASY TO GRASP!
    I often see beautiful decorating books but as soon as i put it down I realize I did not absorb anything No so with this book!One page has tie backs One page has cornices. You see them all together and get an idea of what you like You come away with it all sorted out mentally!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Over 1000 decorating ideas
    Blending current, popular styles with extraordinary new approaches, the fifth edition of The Encyclopedia of Window Fashions is a must have for designers, from beginner to expert.With more full-color illustrations than ever before, this book presents myriad window treatments for any room in any home from the most simple to the most challenging. Throughout its more than 200 pages, which include detailed sketchings, cost-saving ideas, yardage and fullness charts and the sketchfile method, you will quickly see why this book has become the industry standard for window decor inspiration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great! a must have for any designer
    This book is a great, full of ideas, you can work with black & white illustrations and the book has full colour illustration. I would recommend this book to any designer, student, home owner. ... Read more

    11. Great Escapes: New Designs for Home Theaters by Theo Kalomirakis
    by Steve Castle, Dean R. Koontz
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0810946564
    Catlog: Book (2003-10-15)
    Publisher: Harry N Abrams
    Sales Rank: 29187
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    "Theo is obsessed with his work and embarked upon a quest for an elusive ideal theater that can exist only in dreams. Each time that he makes a dream theater into a reality, no matter how stunning the creation, it never quite fulfills the ideal in his mind-and off he goes again in the enthusiastic pursuit of impossible perfection."-Dean Koontz

    In the 21st century, more and more people "go out" to the movies at home. This lifestyle change has led to the biggest innovation in residential design today: the home theater, be it a custom-installed system or an elaborate private screening room. At the high end, Theo Kalomirakis reigns supreme as the leading designer of private theaters in the home.

    Kalomirakis tailors each of his designs to fit the needs of a specific client, using styles that range from ultra-traditional to cutting-edge. His theaters even have their own marquee names: The Moonlight, The First Run, The Miami Beach. Great Escapes showcases nine of these incredible spaces through superb color photographs and descriptions of the technology that make this revolution in entertainment and design possible. Although Kalomirakis's extravagant creations are for wealthy clients, they will also serve as inspiration for home owners who want to integrate cinema quality with home comfort on a more modest budget. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A unique source of enduring ideas
    Lavishly illustrated with one hundred gorgeous color photographs by Phillip Ennis, Great Escapes: New Designs For Home Theaters By Theo Kalomirakis by Steven Castle presents extravagant designs for "media rooms" in private homes. These are specialized entertainment oriented rooms set aside to take full advantage of surround sound, acoustics, and visual appeal to bring forth the same quality experience as visiting a theater. Great Escapes showcases the work of interior designer Theo Kalomirakis as it artfully presents his work in creating home theaters of celebrities such as Dean Koontz, Eddie Murphy, Roger Ebert, and others in this unique source of enduring ideas.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just Amazing
    This is a book to die for. The photography is amazing, the architecture out of this world and what Theo Kalomirakis does for his lucky clients will blow you away. I am already wearing out my copy and I only have had it for two days.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Escapes
    Whether your interest is home theater, or movie palaces from the 1920's and 30's, Great Escapes is sensational!
    Once I opened it, I couldn't put it down and trust me with 204 pages loaded with 140 color photos of breathtaking architectural eye candy, this book will demand your focus.
    Kalomirakis brings the elegance of yesteryears movie palaces home with the help of writers Steve Castle, Dean Koontz and photographer Phillip Ennis.
    You can truly see Kalomirakis' love for the big screen in the architectural details he adorns his private cinemas with. No details are spared in Kalomirakis' work from neon marquees and ticket booths welcoming visitors to his theaters to opulent lobbies adorned with domed mural ceilings and snack bars and timeless columns.
    A few times while reading this book, I had to remind myself that the featured theaters I was viewing were in someone's personal residence.
    I have to say my personal favorite theater in this book was created for author Dean Koontz called "The Moonlight." Koontz also has an introduction in the book.
    Even though most of the theaters in this book take up more square footage than the average persons home. And even though theaters designed by Kalomirakis are beyond the financial means of most people, this book can serve as inspiration for those that want to bring home the silver screen on a lesser budget and do it in style.
    Theo Kalomirakis' newest book Great Escapes definitely brings home the look of the movie palaces of yesterday. ... Read more

    12. Beginnings of Interior Environments, Ninth Edition
    by Phyllis Sloan Allen, Lynn M. Jones, Miriam F. Stimpson
    list price: $81.60
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    Asin: 0130457701
    Catlog: Book (2003-08-11)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 51572
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    Book Description

    With over 700 vivid images and illustrations along with the wisdom of numerous practicing designers, this book provides a practical approach to introductory interior design.Covering the profession for both commercial and residential environments, the Ninth Edition introduces readers to the history, design fundamentals, and building systems (construction, electrical, mechanical) of design. Exploring topics such as the space planning process, environmental sensitivity, and multicultural design, this book contains both the necessary information and applications readers need to be fully prepared for the field.For professionals with a career or interest in design, interior decorating, architecture, construction, carpentry, and environmental design. ... Read more

    13. Prefab
    by Bryan Burkhart, Allison Arieff
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 1586851322
    Catlog: Book (2002-09-13)
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
    Sales Rank: 5566
    Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Prefab presents a series of innovative homes and concepts that boldly demonstrate that this is not your grandmother's prefab, offers a glimpse into the history of prefabricated housing over the last century, and reveals a wealth of practical and attractive alternatives to the status quo. Prefab discusses architects, builders, and designers such as Walter Gropius and Philippe Starck, examines the historical precedents from Albert Frey's Corbusier-inspired Aluminaire house to Kisho Kurokawa's capsules, and showcases the work of twenty-four contemporary architects and designers who are exploring the myriad possibilities that prefabrication offers for housing of the future. From the fantastical digitized aluminum prototypes of Gregg Lynn to the stylish functionality of Ikea's prefabricated apartments in Sweden, Prefab presents a series of innovative homes and space-saving concepts that show how far this building technique has come-and how far it can go.

    Allison Arieff is a writer, senior editor of the architecture magazine dwell, and co-author of Trailer Travel. She is also the editor of several books on art and culture, including Airstream: A History of the Land Yacht and Hatch Show Print: The History of a Great American Poster Shop.She lives in San Francisco.

    Bryan Burkhart is the designer and co-author of Airstream: The History of the Land Yacht and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America. As creative director of his own firm, Modernhouse, he has designed books for Taschen, Chronicle Books, and Gibbs Smith, Publisher. Burkhart also lives in San Francisco. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Prefab
    Prebrication was the holy grail of modernism: the ideal way to rationalize the building process, achieve economies of scale, and bring good design to the masses. Sadly, the only manufactured housing to win wide acceptance was the trailer; architect-designed prototypes seldom left the boards. Arieff, who is senior editor of Dwell magazine, hopes that a new generation of architects may succeed where their forebears failed. She documents over 30 industrialized building projects, mostly from Europe, that combine practicality with design excellence. Sadly, it remains true that people who will happily buy one of a fleet of identical cars, become emotional and irrational when choosing their home. (Michael Webb is the book reviewer for LA Architect magazine.)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Prefab: pretty fabulous
    It looks like a coffee table book yet reads like a dream. This is not only one of the most comprehensive books on the subject, but easily the most lucid and engaging. The authors clearly had fun with the material and manage to convey a good deal of knowledge - including the history and future of prefabricated housing - without a whiff of pedantry or pedagogical claptrap.

    5-0 out of 5 stars finally, a comprehensive book on prefab
    As an architecture student now a working as a builder, I couldnt help but being drawn into this book. Organized into 4 sections: History, Production, Custom, Concept, with a wide array of photographs, plans and renderings cleanly presented. The history section does a great job of bringing any curious reader interested in this subject up to speed, creating a great departure point for the 30 or so contemporary projects that follow it. This book is well researched and really gets you excited about the potential of prefab by presenting a wide range of projects in the U.S. and Internationally, exploring a wide range of techniques / systems being developed today. The future of housing looks bright with prefab!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great options for well-designed affordable housing
    This book shows that there ARE options for innovative and affordable modern homes. Prefabrication has lots to recommend it; what's been holding it back is a lack of good materials and design. Prefab will hopefully help to change that...

    2-0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected...
    This was a very nice book, but I have to admit that it was not quite what I had hoped for. I was looking for alot of information on Modern/Contemporary homes, more toward the 50's and 60's style, and from the look of the cover, I felt that was what was inside. Unfortunately, thats not the case at all, even the cover house was somewhat of a let-down inside. There is a little information on the square block metal homes of the 50's period, but most of the works are completely unliveable, done only for an original look (we are talking about 2 room homes shaped like cars)...if you are looking for an interesting conversation/coffee table book, this is nice, but not a necessity for the lover of modern homes! ... Read more

    14. Hamptons Havens : The Best of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens
    by The Editors of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens
    list price: $50.00
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    Asin: 0821261940
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-18)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 14307
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    HAMPTONS HAVENS offers readers a glimpse behind the hedgerows of the Hamptons on Long Island, New York. The photographs are drawn from the archives of Hamptons Cottages and Gardens magazine and feature 24 homes and gardens that vary greatly in architecture and interior design. Every home in the book, from cozy cottage to grand estate, is a testament to the enormous breadth and natural beauty of the seaside region.

    Accompanying the spectacular photographs are engrossing stories, discussing the architecture, the fascinating provenance of the furniture and heirlooms that decorate the homes, and personal family lore. There are plenty of firsthand quotes from the homeowners and decorators, who lovingly recount how they initially discovered the area and who discuss the story of how their style and personal lives evolved over the years to create homes and gardens ranging from the traditional and classic to the whimsical and eclectic. This handsome book captures the essence of one of the most fabled and exclusive areas in the United States. ... Read more

    15. Maison--Christian Liaigre
    by Herbert Ypma, Thames, Hudson
    list price: $65.00
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    Asin: 0500511624
    Catlog: Book (2004-05-17)
    Publisher: Thames & Hudson
    Sales Rank: 5021
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    Christian Liaigre's epoch-defining interiors include the Mercer Hotel in New York, offices for Valentino Couture in Paris, and Selfridges department store in London, as well as private residences for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld, and Kenzo. His luxurious dark-wood minimalism and masculine palette of creams, browns, and grays have redefined modernism, supplanting the Scandinavian blond timbers on white that just a few years ago were the sine qua non of the modern interior.

    Working in close collaboration with Liaigre, Herbert Ypma set out to capture and document eight recent and previously unpublished residential projects. They are incredibly diverse: a modernist retreat on the Galician coast belonging to the family of Spanish fashion designer Adolfo Dominguez; a former artist's atelier in Montparnasse; Rupert Murdoch's capacious SoHo loft; an eighteenth-century Bavarian timber farmhouse owned by the proprietor and designer of Germany's fashion label Strenesse; and Liaigre's own fisherman's cottage retreat on the Ile de Ré.

    The integrity and pervasive calm of Liaigre's spaces reflect an instinctive aversion to the clamor of modern life. His materials are luxuriously authentic—exotic African timbers such as ebony; linen, silk, and wool; marble and natural stone; and his signature bronze hardware. And, as every project demonstrates, he makes deep connections with the tradition of each location, whether it be the industrial heritage of downtown Manhattan or the wild coastal landscape of Corsica. 500 color illustrations. ... Read more

    16. Modern Glamour : The Art of Unexpected Style
    by Kelly Wearstler
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 0060394420
    Catlog: Book (2004-03)
    Publisher: Regan Books
    Sales Rank: 3843
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Old-world Hollywood glamour embraces modern insouciance in the signature style of internationally acclaimed interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Never one to paint a wall simply white, in her creations Wearstler uses bold colors and patterns and mixes elaborate architectural hardware with furnishings culled from a range of eras. In Modern Glamour, she reveals her decorating secrets and dramatic approach to design.

    From basic design principles to personal accents, this gorgeously photographed book explains how Wearstler shapes interiors and exteriors into ingeniously functional environments. A survey of many of her most stunning projects provides ideal examples of bringing what she calls "the elegance of the unexpected" to life in any setting. Whether it is juxtaposing typically masculine and feminine design notions to infuse a room with edge and energy, or using embellishments to put a thematic mark on a room. Wearstler's essentials on design will inspire professional designers and aspiring home decorators alike.

    For those who wish to discover how decorative visions can become luxuriant realities, Modern Glamour offers clear and enjoyable guidance on the art of creating seductively stylish spaces.

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    2-0 out of 5 stars More Ego Than Design
    Modern Glamour is not so much about decorating as it is about Kelly Wearstler's larger-than-life ego. From her writing, it would appear that Kelly has single-handedly invented at least a dozen or so time-tested design principles- (Does Kelly really believe that mixing styles and periods is a new concept, or that a visually graphic interior is a first?) As for her work as a whole, I think I was on page 56 when my design sensibility screamed, "OKAY! I GET IT ALREADY!" At best, this book does a fair job of marketing Kelly's narrow, easily attainable style as complex. While I would not recommend this book to a serious design enthusiast, it might appeal to the novice looking for examples of easily achievable decorating. Simply purchase paint and fabric in white, black and yellow, paint a Piedmontese armchair white, and you are halfway there.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A design book with personal flair...
    For those of us that truly love and get excited by design, this book is a wonderful example of why we are fascinated by this field. Rather than giving us the same old dry verbage about visual decor and "furniture placement," this book tailors itself directly from the author's personal point of view. I loved the way Ms. Wearstler discussed her framework of reference for her own designs, but in a way that allows you to decide for yourself how they might be adjusted to work for your own sensibility. Some of her spaces shown in the book are a little too staged for my own taste, but they give one ideas of how she might approach designing spaces of her own using texture and pattern to similar ends.
    As a fellow professional of this field, I most certainly and highly recommend this book.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Modern Glamour
    I can only agree, this book is not about helping you out with your personal Interior Design projects.
    It actually fells more like it is a expensive business card for Kelly Wearstlers Design Studio.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Good idea but badly done
    The idea for this book is good but the book was badly done. Unexpected style is something that intrigues me, but that's not what this book actually is. The book is pretty dated in the way it is done because it's all about one unknown designer's "take" on decorating. No one today wants to be dictated to or to just copy what another person has done. So this book misses the mark by several miles. If you want a decorating book that helps you create your own style, this is not it. Don't buy this. It seems more like a book about this designer's own ego.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beatiful Mind from a Beautiful Woman
    Someone said this is a book more about the designer herself than her work, but why not? A designer reflects her mind within her lifestyle and her background. If you are looking for a beatiful home with elegance and glamour, this is it! ... Read more

    17. French by Design
    by Betty Lou Phillips
    list price: $39.95
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    Asin: 0879059729
    Catlog: Book (2000-08-01)
    Publisher: Gibbs Smith Publishers
    Sales Rank: 38156
    Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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    The enduring appeal of French-country style spans the centuries, a gracious mingling of elegance and ease. After years of largely echoing the furniture, fabrics, and accessories linked with the region of Provence, these days French country is often far removed from the primitive images that hearken back to the early seventeenth century. Room by room, FRENCH BY DESIGN reveals the secrets to creating a contemporary French-country look, including textiles, furniture, floor coverings, window treatments, color palettes, wall treatments and lighting, thus allowing anyone to bring the look home. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Great Sense of Design, a Visual Delight
    Not unlike all of Phillips' books, this book is a masterpiece of European syle and design. No detail is left unnoticed. The furniture, fabrics, antiques, architecture, artwork, and carved stone are each carefully considered and beautifully photographed. Every page is a visual delight. I cannot recommend it highly enough!

    3-0 out of 5 stars France, American Style
    Beautiful photos and interesting commentary on French social customs. However, the featured residences are not French, but American homes decorated "in the French style," which is somewhat disappointing.

    1-0 out of 5 stars An absolutely useless book
    If you want to see pictures of rooms and furnishings that look like nothing you could possibly relate to, buy this book. The pictures show such fussy, formal, off-putting rooms. Bleah. What a waste of money.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful gorgeous pictures
    The book is packed with colorful photos which are rich in detail. I really enjoyed this book and it has become one of my favorites.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful!
    If you like French design, you should get this book. I really love the photographs. While this book is mostly photographs, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about the French and their attitudes on decorating and love for their homes. Betty Lou Phillips has wonderful taste, and her style is so enjoyable. Thank you to Country Living magazine for featuring her work! ... Read more

    18. Preston Bailey's Design for Entertaining: Inspiration for Creating the Party of Your Dreams
    by Preston Bailey
    list price: $45.00
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    Asin: 0821227653
    Catlog: Book (2002-11-11)
    Publisher: Bulfinch
    Sales Rank: 10640
    Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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    PRESTON BAILEY'S DESIGN FOR ENTERTAINING is the ultimate sourcebook of inspiration for creating the perfect ambience for any major party or event. Bailey guides the reader through the planning process from large decisions- picking a theme, setting the mood, and transforming the space to fit the vision for the event-to the details such as flowers, lighting, and table settings that all come together to create a unique environment. Full-color photographs of events including Melissa Rivers' wedding and the launch party for Oprah's O Magazine showcase the spectacular results of his approach. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous and inspiring
    The photography is gorgeous, the ideas are inspiring - overall, a solid portfolio of some of the best designing in the world. It not only provides a glimpse into the over-the-top world of haute couture weddings and fetes, but also provides details and inspirational ideas for anyone. A can-do attitude combined with a book that is well written, beautifully conceived and flawlessly executed. Well done, Mr. Bailey.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous!
    It was exactly as it said...a resource for creating the party of your dreams. If you're the type of person who thinks buffalo wings is a party's not for you.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too much!
    I was very disappointed. Beautiful photographs of garish subjects that the average person couldn't possibly duplicate made it almost ridiculous. I love museums and that's what this book reminded me of. You can look, enjoy and appreciate but can't take it home and use it. Thumb through it at a store and save your money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars excellent
    If you would like to see the finest design work done in NYC,
    get this book. His sensibility to detail is astounding!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & Elegant
    Preston Bailey's book is simply beautiful and elegant. I had seen snipets of Melissa Rivers' wedding on television and in print, but the pictures in the book really bring it to life. I never knew so much could be done with flowers and fruit, until I bought this book. It is a real treat! ... Read more

    19. Interior Design Visual Presentation: A Guide to Graphics, Models & Presentation Techniques, Second Edition
    by MaureenMitton, Maureen Mitton
    list price: $45.00
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    Asin: 0471225525
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-10)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 15174
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The new, updated edition of the successful book on interior design
    Interior Design Visual Presentation, Second Edition is fully revised to include the latest material on CAD, digital portfolios, resume preparation, and Web page design. It remains the only comprehensive guide to address the visual design and presentation needs of the interior designer, with coverage of design graphics, models, and presentation techniques in one complete volume.
    Approaches to the planning, layout, and design of interior spaces are presented through highly visual, step-by-step instructions, supplemented with more than forty pages of full-color illustrations, exercises at the end of each chapter, and dozens of new projects. With the serious designer in mind, it includes a diverse range of sample work, from student designers as well as well-known design firms such as Ellerbee and Beckett Architects and MS Architects.
    Maureen Mitton is Assistant Professor in the department of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!
    This book has a bit of everything I was looking for. techniques, lots of color renderings to review, shadowing techniques, etc. I am currently an interior design student and am using the book to help me with my color rendering and presentation techniques. In fact, my instructor reviewed the book and has requested the book be the textbook for the presentations class in our department next semester. This is the best book I've located so far.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource!
    This book is great for everything visual! It is also the only book I've come across with detailed information about presentation boards. This is excellent for IND students!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great resource for ID students
    I just received this book and I wished I had had it for my first in-class presentation. I gives the reader "fresh" ideas and helpful information on organizing your boards. I would recommend this book to any Interior Design student.

    4-0 out of 5 stars using it in 3D studio class
    just the book for beginning intr design students to use thru out their schooling. it covers everything they need to do all the presentations for thier courses. from drawing to models and most useful those sample boards. it tells you what tools to buy (with photos to help) and as basic as how to cut foam core. it has color step by step examples for color rendering. all in the same book is such a good value to the students

    5-0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC ! Illustrations, Instructions, Explanations, Color
    This book has all the needs and requirements on visual presentations and how to resolve fears,concerns, doubts and so on. It's the first book I have seen that covers many if not all aspects of Interior Design. It's a great book and I have been recommending it to all my fellow students. This book is informative, educational, and a good book to have in your reference library. I have been looking and looking for a book like this one for many years. Someone has finally gone and done it properly. You will not regreat buying this book. ... Read more

    20. Interior Graphic Standards
    list price: $85.00
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    Asin: 0471461962
    Catlog: Book (2004-01-09)
    Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
    Sales Rank: 161703
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    The first edition Interior Graphic Standards Student Edition will be a comprehensive reference to the art and craft of interior design for students. The planning, designing, detailing, finishing, and decorating of interiors from the programming to the project closeout phases will be included. Emphasis will be placed on commercial interiors. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A good handbook for interior details!
    The day I received the Interior Graphic Standards, I used some of the details in the book for a project I was working on. This book provides information, including construction details, which are very useful to the practicing architect and interior designer.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Most Comprehensive and Remarkable Book for the Industry
    This book is a remarkable achievement, from cover to cover! A must buy for anyone in the industry (or anyone interested in the industry)!!!

    I have been a practicing Interior Designer for eighteen years and
    I have yet to see anything as comprehensive and remarkable as this book! Even the Architectural Graphic Standards book pales by comparison!

    There is a section on Wood Veneers and Flooring with (12) pages of beatiful and informative color plates! There is even a Color Theory (color plate) section that is very useful!

    There is so much useful information and reference in this book, that any Designer or Architect should have it close by and keep a watchful eye on it, so that colleagues do not borrow it indefinitely!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive and Detailed
    Interior Graphic Standards is a comprehensive reference tool which covers all aspects of commercial interiors projects. The information is presented in a clear, concise manner, and is organized for easy reference. The book focuses on interior architecture as well as interior design, providing detailed information for programming/schematic design through construction phases.

    The construction details and associated text provide credible options for the integration of construction and finish materials into interior spaces. The notes and sidebar comments add valuable information to the images and tables.

    IGS covers many topics not typically included in interiors reference books. Issues of life safety, detailed interior construction, specialty construction, and basic MEP systems are clearly described. The description and graphics describing interior materials testing are very informative, as are the sections on doors and hardware.

    This book is appropriate for entry-level or seasoned professionals, and is valuable for architects as well as interior designers!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Accessible and Attractive Resource
    IGS is an impressive source of information that is so comprehensive, it is mind-boggling. The graphics are topnotch: well-labeled and executed in a superior fashion. The reader is nearly drawn through the text on visuals alone. I have found myself spending hours looking through topics that aren't even apropos to what I am looking for at the moment. Equally impressive is the text. The captions and subheadings help the reader locate information easily, and the writing is succinct, precise, and informative. It is prose that informs clearly and without excess verbiage--an absolute pleasure to read. Even the layperson can access information without being overwhelmed: terms are defined simply, but the explanations following address codification considerations that every architect needs to know. IGS provides both guidance and inspiration. Truthfully, I even like the cover; a reference book that looks as good as a coffee table display book is a rare commodity. I highly recomend McGowan and Kruse's latest collaboration.

    5-0 out of 5 stars IGS is a valuable design tool.
    Although I operate a small design office, I strive to create new details using common materials for each project. But before a new detail can emerge, I've realized its easier to reference past uses/details and create a new detail from a standard application. Since I do not have an extensive library of details, one book, Interior Graphic Standards (IGS) has become a valuable design tool in my office.

    In short, IGS offers an extensive amount of information in one volume. Its like one stop shopping without leaving the office.
    Data is cleanly organized. Simple drawings describe connections, patterns and standard measurements. And technical drawings help clarify more complex details. But most impressive is the beauty of the line drawings. The art of drafting has not been lost in the computer generated pictures.

    I encourage all Contractors, Designers and Artists to reference this book, whether you intend to design a table, a house or a museum. ... Read more

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