Interior designers and architects need to thoroughly understand fabric in order to satisfy clients' needs and effectively meet the requirements of a given space. Fabric for the Designed Interior is a comprehensive text for students and professionals, addressing both residential and commercial interiors. Early chapters place fabric in a historic context, examining its connection to the growth of civilization. Chapters with a practical orientation provide readers with the tools they need for successfully specifying fabric, dealing with environmental and safety concerns, understanding fabric and carpet-care issues, working with bids and contracts, and learning strategies for navigating through showrooms and fabricating facilities. Leading designers, fabric manufacturers, and suppliers weigh in with their experiences, giving readers a clear idea of realworld expectations.
Student Resources Companion DVD features a tour of the Salamandré textile mill where students witness design conceptualization, dyeing of yarns, and warping and weaving on various looms. Th evirtual tour also includes interviews with employees who discuss manufacturing fabric and producing passimenterie from design studio to inspection. Additionally, the DVD shows students how to navigate through the New York City Design Center showrooms, which specialize in both residential and contract fabric.
Origins of Fabric: A Primer
Structure and Content of Fiber and Yarn
Fabric Construction: Wovens and Nonwovens
Dyeing, Printing, and Finishing
Floor Covering: Rugs and Carpeting
The Environment, Safety, and Codes
Inside the Workroom
Specifying Contract Fabric and Carpeting
Sources: Acquiring Fabric for Clients
Specifying Residential Fabric and Trimming
Maintaining Fabric, Carpeting, and Rugs
Learning from the Professionals
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Frank Theodore Koe
, PhD, ASID, is Dean of the Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology at Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). He has held positions as Director of The Design Center at Philadelphia University, Professor at Penn State University and the University of Memphis, Vice President and Director of Restoration at Scalamandre, and Dean of the New York School of Interior Design. Additional academic experiences include serving as Professor and Chairman of the Education Department at Saint Francis University and Associate Director of the Berkley Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at the Stern School of Business, New York University. Koe has published widely on topics related to design, interiors, fabric, and business. His text and DVD, Fabric for the Designed Interior Fairchild, won the 2009 Honorable Mention ASID Foundation Joel Polsky Prize.