INDES 350 History of Interiors & Furniture • 5 Cr.
Surveys the main characteristics and motifs of Western interiors and furniture from antiquity to the 19th century. Students examine how people, social conditions, and technology influenced furniture design in each period. Either INDES 150 or INDES 350 may be taken for credit, not both. Class format includes illustrated lectures and discussions.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Identify and compare different styles of period furniture and interiors. For example, students would be able to create a project categorizing by style, pictures of historic furniture
- Analyze the relationships of concurrent periods in France and in England with furniture design characteristics, and develop a comparative timeline of style
- Use the following criteria to analyze how and why furniture took the form that it did in each historic period covered in the class:
- Methods of construction
- Materials used
- Characteristics of furniture
- Motifs used
- Innovations developed
- Significant historic or political events
- Significant cultural, social, religious, geographic, or architectural influences on furniture design and construction
- People that had significant influence on the design and development of historic furniture styles
- Function of furniture
- For example, students would be able to design a review chart that organizes and simplifies information about each style period into the above categories.
- Explain and effectively apply vocabulary related to furniture anatomy, type, design and construction
- Effectively present and defend analysis of main characteristics and motifs of Western interiors and furniture from antiquity to the 19th century in class presentations and discussions