Globalization affects every aspect of our lives, from what we buy to what we eat to what we study—and the study of design history is no exception. Programs in art, architecture, and interior design all face the challenge of providing students with information from around the world. History of Furniture: A Global View covers the major historical movements in furniture design (from prehistoric periods through contemporary times) and includes parts of the world that traditional history books ignore or underserve, such as Africa and China. It presents the achievements of Western furniture designers, not in isolation from the rest of the globe, but in vibrant contact with it. For example, students will learn about the influence of Islamic design on Romanesque style and Thailandâ€™s interpretation of Art Nouveau. In short, this comprehensive book with a global perspective focuses on the evolution of furniture from ancient history through postmodernism.
Considers furniture in conjunction with other arts, including architecture and decorative arts
Features color illustrations throughout the text
Contains discussion and review questions and a timeline in each chapter
I ncludes a comprehensive glossary of terms
Early Christian and Byzantine
Romanesque and Islamic
From Stupa to Pagoda and from Mat to Chair: China, India, and Cambodia
In the Colonies
Victorian and Historical Revivals
Reform Movements: Arts and Crafts
Japan and Japanisme
Heroic Modernism: Myths and Realities
Art Deco, Traditional Design, and the Rise of the Decorator
After Modernism: Modernism Continued, Postmodernism, and Deconstruction
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, PhD, RA, AIA, IDEC, is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He teaches design history, architectural history, and interior design studio classes. His education includes studying urban design with Colin Rowe, and culminated with a PhD in Art History from the University of Chicago. In Frankfurt, Germany, he worked for Philipp Holzmann; in Chicago, he worked at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill; ISD; and the Environments Group, specializing in corporate interiors. A Fulbright scholar in Senegal, West Africa, Hinchman's subsequent research interests were funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Graham Foundation, and the Getty Research Institute.