Picks and Pans Review: Interior Design

updated 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/06/1988 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by John F. Pile

This 544-page book is an elegant, comprehensive survey of the interior design field, encompassing residential and public interiors: lofts, multilevel homes, restaurants, offices—everything this side of pup tents. It includes work by the finest American designers as well as their colleagues in Europe and Japan. Pile—an interior designer and professor at New York's Pratt Institute—is a seasoned tour guide through various design styles: traditional, country, Art Deco, high tech, postmodern and Memphis, a 1980s design movement from Milan, Italy, which is whimsical in its uses of form and color. (Memphis is named, also whimsically, after Bob Dylan's song Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again.) The author showers readers with diagrams, floor plans and color charts. He also offers two case studies that explain the design of a Manhattan office and a condominium from sketches to finished spaces. This well-written reference book will please amateur decorators as well as serious students of design. (Abrams, $49.50)

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