Interior Space: Design Concepts For Personal Needs

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A radical approach to interior design, Interior Space presents a new and valuable technique for the design of home environments. Written by a psychologist/designer team, this book introduces environmental psychology as an important design resource and as an essential element in the conceptual process. It serves as a source of new information and as a significant reference book for the novice as well as the designer and the environmental psychologists already involved with the applications of environmental psychology. The authors identify 9 psychological needs, describing them in depth and offering examples of their operation in the home environment. Assessment techniques for determining dominant needs are offered to the professional and methods of translating unique need profiles into workable designs are presented throughout the book.

This is a book that a psychologist can recommend to design professionals or to students concerned with interior spaces. It is clear, well written, well organized, and consistent in approach and emphasis. Interior Space will also serve as a valuable book for social scientists interested in the relationship between design and human behavior.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275928247
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/11/1987
  • Pages: 191
  • Lexile: 1290L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

STUART MILLER is Professor of Psychology at Towson State University and a consultant to IDEA Associates, a firm providing interior design and environmental analysis service to residential, professional, and executive clients.

JUDITH K. SCHLITT, a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers, heads IDEA Associates, is a faculty member of the Parsons School of Design, and recently created and produced her own television series on interior design for American Cablesystems.

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Table of Contents


Control: Control of Space/Territoriality; Control of the Ambient Environment; Furnishings; Activities

Privacy: Control of Information about the Self; Interference with Activities; Social Withdrawal; Privacy Regulation

Identity: Attachment: Self Definition; Self-Evaluation

Security: Nurturance; Permanence; Safety

Order: Perceptual Organization; Household Maintenance; Organization of Activities

Variety: Stimulation Seeking; Stimulation Reducing; Congruence Between Tasks, Exteriors, and Interiors

Aesthetics: Sensory Experience; Meaning; Stimulus Properties; Distance versus Engagement

Choice: Behavioral Diversity; Freedom

Sociability: Family Cohesiveness; Guests




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