HIST06019 2019 Cultural Context: Interior and Furniture

General Details

Full Title
Cultural Context: Interior and Furniture
Transcript Title
Cultural Context: Interior and
80 %
Subject Area
HIST - History / Theory of Art
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design

This module will introduce the histories, theories and criticisms of interior architecture, as well as, furniture design, design thinking and language. This module will also provide an overview of the impact that major technological and scientific advances have on the fields of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Furniture Design.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Recognise and discuss the characteristics of Interior Architectural precedents and design theories at an introductory level using written and graphic means.


Present an overview of the characteristics of a seminal work of 20th and 21st century interior architecture and furniture design.


Investigate and debate the impact that major technological and scientific advances have on the fields of Architecture, Interior Architecture and Furniture Design.


Identify key characteristics of the major design periods of the 19th, 20th and 21st century.


Conduct a graphic analysis identifying the historical context of significant international interior architecture and furniture design. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Cultural Context 1 is taught using a combination of lectures, presentations, theoretical discussion and practical based tutorials. Both individual and group work modes are utilised throughout.

Module Assessment Strategies

Formative and summative assessment modes use a range of techniques which include individual and group work, mainly including the following:

  • development and resolution of graphic and written assignments;

  • oral and mixed media presentation;

  • class discussion and debate;

  • sketchbooks.


Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components. This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

The following headings indicate the broad thematic areas to be addressed in the module. Content within the subject is intended to align with the scale, scope and focus of Design Studio.

An Introduction to the History of Interior Architecture and Design: 

  • An overview of historical design movements through the ages from Early Civilisations, Classicism,  Middle Ages, Revivalism, The New World, Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau, Art Deco though to modernism.

An Introduction to the contemporary built environment

  • Key movements, theories and ideas of 19th, 20th & 21st century Interior architecture & Furniture design;

  • Historical overview of the work of 'signature' interior architects and designers to everyday buildings (Case studies);

  • Contemporary design in response to changing social, technological, and environmental contexts.

The Impact of Changing Technologies on Architecture, Design, Interiors and Furniture Design:

  • An investigation of how industrial and technological innovations and scientific theories impact on design culture;

  • The influence of the Industrial Revolution;

  • The effects of Modernism on Interior architecture and furniture design;

  • The Price of Progress;

  • Modern day contemporary design and its cultural expression.


  • Field trip to a major European city, for example Venice Biennale, Visit to Salone del Mobile in Milan, Stockholm furniture fair, Maison de objet.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Iconic designer furniture study Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 1,2,5
2 Analytical case study of seminal 20th C Interiors Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 2,3,4
3 Formal analysis of influential interiors Continuous Assessment Essay 40 % OnGoing 1,2,3
4 Past and present comparative furniture study Continuous Assessment Assignment 20 % OnGoing 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theoretical input 1 Weekly 1.00
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning Not Specified self directed study 3 Weekly 3.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Recommended reading:

Ching, Francis, D. K, Interior Design Illustrated, Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1987

Lawson, Bryan, How Designers Think,

Architectural Press, 2006

Malnar, J,M & Vodvarka, F, Interior Dimensions: A theoretical Approach to Enclosed Space, John Wiley & Sons, 1991

Pile, John F, Interior Design, Harry N Abrams, 1995

Pile, John F, Colour in Interior Design, McGraw - Hill, 1997

Miller, Judith. Furniture: World Style from Classical to Contemporary

Other Resources

- Field Trip


Journal Resources