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A Taster: Ambiguity & Sensibility
Friday, 28 February 2014
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Kellen Auditorium
Parsons The New School for Design
66 Fifth Avenue, NYC

LOIS WEINTHAL and GRAEME BROOKER, two pioneers exploring the expanding discourse of interior design at the intersection of theory and practice, share their insight and introduce their newest book The Handbook of Interior Architecture + Design.

Lois Weinthal is the Chair of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto and Graeme Brooker is the Head of Interior and Fashion Design at Middlesex University in England. Their explorations of the interior and its multiplicity of understandings have influenced design students worldwide and continue to chart new territories for the future of the interior design field.

The Handbook, edited by Brooker and Weinthal, is a collection of original essays which examine the complex role of the interior and its design. Subjects range from human behavior and anthropology to cultural geography and the future of technology. Author, and Parsons faculty member, Alexa Griffith Winton will contribute her perspective included in the book.

It is the view of the conveners that diversity is formed through the ambiguous nature of interior space. It is this condition that promotes a particular type of sensibility with which to comprehend and then create interiors.

Until recently, the interior design discipline has primarily been viewed through a limited lens of history and vocational techniques. The stage is set to reassess the interior to reveal the dynamic discipline it has become.

 

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A Taster: The Published Interior
Saturday, 1 March 2014
10am – 12:30pm
Glass Corner
25 east 13th street, 2nd flr NYC
Parsons the New School for Design

Inspired by the biennial AfterTaste symposium, this spring the alumni and students of the MFA Interior Design program will come together to generate new conversations as they bridge the gap between student and practitioner. This first discussion will explore the curation and presentation of interior spaces for publication, bringing together the perspectives of editors, photographers, and design critics. How do these specialists determine what to publish and what to reject, and what do they believe makes a project most successful? Ultimately, how do the decisions made by editors influence the public understanding of interior design as a discipline?

Individual stories will be shared from the points of view of guest presenters: editor, photographer and design critic (guests to be announced). A panel discussion, moderated by recent alumni, will follow.