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Basics Interior Design 01: Retail Design
Basics Interior Design 01: Retail Design
by Lynne Mesher
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to Interior Design in relation to Retail Design!, 30 July 2010
I really enjoyed reading this book because it provides a clear introduction to interior design and clearly applies the key concepts to the retail world. The need for retail outlets to follow fashion trends and customers' aspirations is clearly explained and analysed.

The chapters are well structured, making the content easy to follow. There is a particularly useful section about branding, which is an essential concept that needs to be studied and understood by interior designers in order to create suitable retail spaces and experiences.

I also like the way the author has divided and analysed the different types of retail sites, from high-street shops, to shopping centres and department stores. The comprehensive descriptions of the ways in which retail environments are organised are also particularly helpful.

The book is packed full of case studies, images and drawings, which make the ideas much easier to grasp for people, like myself, who are approaching the subject for the first time.


Basics Architecture: Representational Techniques
Basics Architecture: Representational Techniques
by Lorraine Farrelly
Edition: Paperback
Price: £23.50

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An extremely useful book - a must-have for architecture students!, 30 July 2010
This is an excellent reference tool containing useful explanations of techniques such as sketch, scale, orthographic and 3D drawings, modelling, layout and presentation.

I found that this book covers topics of representation that many conventional books do not, for example, the merits of using sketchbooks throughout the design process as well as the importance of conceptual sketches and diagrams. It is also full of inspiring examples of work including images from influential designers such as Steven Holl Architects and Morphosis.

The author gives advice on which types of materials to use for different effects and there is also a handy reference section on standard paper sizes towards the back of the book.


Basics Interior Architecture: Elements & Objects
Basics Interior Architecture: Elements & Objects
by Graeme Brooker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference tool that I would recommend to architecture, interior architecture students and design professionals', 30 July 2010
This book focuses on the idea of placing or inserting an `object/element' within an interior in order to alter and manipulate the way the space is used.

It is really helpful that the author has included a wide variety of conditions that the designer could be faced with including working with objects for exhibition or display purposes and objects for both new and existing interiors. The reader is also encouraged to consider how the existing conditions such as the form, function and choice of materials can influence the overall effect of the space.

I really enjoyed the way in which prominent and influential case studies and high-quality images are used throughout in order to discuss and explain key ideas and themes. This made the book really easy to follow and enjoyable to read.


Basics Interior Architecture 01: Form and Structure
Basics Interior Architecture 01: Form and Structure
by Graeme Brooker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.95

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely helpful in terms of explaining the key ideas surrounding interior architecture and the re-design of interior spaces., 30 July 2010
The author includes detailed explanations of terms such as `renovation', `preservation' and `restoration' all of which are supported by well-thought-out and inspiring professional projects.

The book flows really well, beginning with advice on how to `read' existing buildings and spaces, followed by descriptions of several standard `types' of interiors which can be used as a helpful guide for designing.

This book highlights the many different approaches that designers can take in the design process. It is inspiring and interesting to read yet at the same time, takes quite a methodical approach to designing interiors. I would definitely recommend this book to design students, as well as professionals.


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