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The first and only book of its kind, Designing Commercial Interiors provides students and professional designers with expert guidance on the full range of practical, aesthetic, and psychosocial issues involved in designing for nonresidential interiors. Drawing on nearly a half-century of experience as designers and interior design educators, the authors provide comprehensive coverage of planning and design for all types of organizations and service facilities.

Arranged for maximum ease of reference, the book comprises a series of self-contained chapters, each one providing comprehensive coverage of a specific category of commercial facility-including offices, hotels and lodgings, food and beverage facilities, retail facilities, health care facilities, institutional facilities, and banks. Each chapter begins with an overview of functional considerations, followed by an in-depth discussion of critical planning and design concepts and helpful, real-world examples. Chapters also include detailed information on key machine interface considerations, codes and regulations, and building systems, accompanied by professional-quality illustrations that help clarify issues related to space layouts, specialized equipment, and aesthetic concerns. In the concluding chapter, the authors provide valuable step-by-step guidance on project management for commercial interior designers.

The only single-volume guide to designing for all types of nonresidential interiors, Designing Commercial Interiors is an ideal reference for students of interior design. It is also an indispensable working resource for professional interior designers, especially for those interested in making the move into one of today's most rewarding design specialties.

The first and only comprehensive guide to the design of all types of nonresidential interiors.

Designing Commercial Interiors is both an excellent reference for interior design students and a valuable resource for professional interior designers considering taking a leap into nonresidential design. Drawing upon forty-five years of combined experience as commercial and residential interior designers, Christine Piotrowski and Elizabeth Rogers offer expert, step-by-step guidance on planning and designing for all types of nonresidential interiors -including offices, food and beverage facilities, health care facilities, lodgings, banks, and more. Illustrated with more than 200 line drawings and photographs, Designing Commercial Interiors covers all key aspects of the subject, including:
* Functional considerations
* Critical planning and design concepts
* Design applications
* Human/machine interface issues
* Building codes and regulations
* Building systems
* The changing office environment and alternative office environments
* Designing healthy work environments
* Project management

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Provides students and professional designers with expert guidance on practical, aesthetic, and psychosocial issues involved in designing for commercial interiors. Each chapter covers a specific category of commercial facility, such as offices, hotels, banks, and healthcare facilities, with overviews of functional considerations followed by in-depth discussion of critical planning and design concepts, with examples and b&w photos. Offers information on key machine interface considerations, codes and regulations, and building systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471171034
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1999
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRISTINE M. PIOTROWSKI, ASID, IIDA, formerly an interior design professor at Northern Arizona University, is the proprietor of Design Management Consultants in Phoenix, Arizona. She has more than twenty years of commercial and residential design experience. ELIZABETH A. ROGERS, IIDA, IDEC, is an interior design professor at Utah State University, Logan. With over twenty-five years of experience in commercial and residential design, she pursues academic teaching while continuing her design practice through the firm S.O.I.
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Table of Contents

Office Facilities.

The Open Office.

The New Office Environment.

Lodging Facilities.

Food and Beverage Facilities.

Retail Facilities.

Health Care Facilities.

Institutional Facilities.

Project Management.




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