4th Edition

Lisa Godsey

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FEB 11, 2021
Other Formats ISBN
Paperback + Studio 9781501360893
eBook + Studio 9781501360909
Companion Study Tools ISBN
Studio 9781501360879

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What's in the book

The Book

This complete guide to the selection of materials for interiors has been updated to reflect the most recent materials on the market and contemporary awareness on industry movements like sustainability. Written from the viewpoint of the working designer, Interior Design Materials and Specifications, 4th Edition, describes each material’s characteristics and teaches students how to evaluate, select, and specify materials, taking into account factors including code compliance, building standards, sustainability guidelines, human needs, and bidding processes. Students will learn how to communicate with suppliers and vendors to achieve the results they envision and how to avoid some of the pitfalls common to material selection and specification.

New to this Edition:
-Information on laminated materials has been dispersed and integrated into related materials chapters
-Covers the most up-to-date information on smart and sustainable materials currently used in the industry
-Includes new Case Studies that illustrate points made throughout chapters, based on real-life situations
-New chapter "Looking Ahead" looks at material research for potential interior surfacing options

STUDIO Features:
-Study smarter with self quizzes featuring scored results and personalized study tips
-Review concepts with flashcards of essential vocabulary

Instructor Resources:
-Instructor's Guide provides suggestions for planning the course and using the text in the classroom, supplemental assignments, and lecture notes
-PowerPoint® presentations include images from the book and provide a framework for lecture and discussion

Table of Contents


1. Making Material Selections
2. Acoustics
3. Paints, Coatings, and Wallcoverings
4. Textiles, Window Treatments, and Soft Goods
5. Carpeting and Area Rugs
6. Wood
7. Resilient Flooring
8. Plastic Materials
9. Glass
10. Metals
11. Tile and Brick
12. Stone
13. Terrazzo, Composites, and Concrete
14. Looking Ahead

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About The Authors

Lisa Godsey, MID, has been a practicing interior designer for over 30 years. She has been involved with interior design education for 20 years, as an instructor and recently as an Interior Design Department Chair for a CIDA-accredited program. A registered interior designer and LEED AP, she has served two accrediting agencies as a site visitor reviewing interior design programs across the US. She has also served as a juror for the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is the author of two textbooks that cover material which helps prepare students to take the NCIDQ.

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