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Welcome to "iDesign - Interior Design Keystones " page. If you scroll down the page you will find a selection of ancient, modern and contemporary furniture, interiors and architecture which perfectly summarize the foremost passages in the history of design. Please click on the picture of the topic you are interested in and you want to know more about. Once you will have clicked the chosen image, a new browser window will appear on the screen. This more specific window will show you some pieces of information and pictures about the selected topic. Furthermore you will be given a list of selected links that will surely be useful to you to deepen your research. The purpose of iDesign Keystones page is to improve the user's general understaning about the evolution of design, while the links are the bridge for further researches. Thank you for reading this introduction. Enjoy your navigation.

 

Ancient Greece Interiors

6th Century BC

 

ancient greece interiors

Thronos, Diphros, Klismos, Klinai. Ancient Greece interiors are composed by simple and elegant pieces of furniture which were mostly imported from older cultures like the Egyptian.

 

 

Pompeian Styles

3rd Century BC - 2nd Century AC

 
 

pompeian styles

These particular wall painting styles were used by the romans and derived from the greek culture. They have been an ispiration for many historical decorative styles.

 

 
 

The Roman Domus

4th Century BC

 
 

the roman domus

The Domus was the first example of a perfectly organized domestic space. All the public and private ambients were set in a purely rational order, according to their specific functions.

 

 
 

Medieval Gothic Furniture

5th - 14th Century BC

 
 

medieval gothic furniture

Medieval furniture was essential and easily movable, due to the nomadic style of life that medieval families adopted to defend themselves from frequent wars, invasions and depredations.

 

 
 

Italian Majolica

14th Century AC

 
 

italian majolica

Developed in Mesopotamia during the 11th Century the art of making Majolica was absorbed by Spanish and Italians and flourished in Europe during the Renaissance period.

 

 
 

The invention of the Perspective

16th Century AC

 
 

invention of perpspective

Perspective is a graphic technique that was invented during the renaissance. Once implemented in tromp l'oeil frescos it created fashinating architectural illusions.

 

 
 

Palaces and Studios

15th-16th Century AC

 
 

palaces and studios

Palaces and Studios are the perfect representaition the architectural and cultural values of renaissance based on the rediscovery of classical greek and roman knoledge, culture, art and architecture.

 

 
 

Architectural Furniture and Marquetry

15-16th Century AC

 
 

architectural furniture and marquetry

Renaissance furniture was based on the same Vitruvio's principles on which Renaissance Architecture was based: "Necessitas, Firmitas and Venustas" - Functionality, solidity, beauty.

 

 
 

Mannerism and Grotesque

1520 - 1600 AC

 
 

mannerism and grotesque

Playful and fantastic but also dark and sinister, Mannerism evolved from ancient roman grotesque decorations and became the bridge between Renaissance formality and Baroque extravagance.

 

 
 

Sambin and Du Cerceau

16th Century AC

 
 

sambin and du cerceau

Du Cerceau, Sambin and the school of Fontainbleau, influenced by italian renaissance and manierism, started a period of profound regeneration in French furniture design which lead to a long period of french design style supremacy.

 

 
 

Royal Palaces and Cabinets

17th Century AC

 
 

royal palaces and cabinets

Luxurios, opulent, extravagant, the Baroque style finds its more significant form of expression in the astonishing richness of '600 royal palaces.

 

 
 

Boulle Furniture

1669-1743 AC

 
 

boulle furniture

Boulle was the foremost French Baroque ebanist. He embellished Louis XIV style furniture with his virtuous marquetry and golden decorations.

 

 
 

Chinoseries and Porcelain

18th Century AC

 
 

chinoseries and porcelain

Chinoiserie was essentially a decorative fashion, imported from the East just like porcelain. It satisfied that need for variety and the exotic which was so typical of the rococò.

 

 
 

Percier & Fontaine

1804 - 1814 AC

 
 

percier and fontaine

Napoleon Empire style was a luxurious revival of Greek, Roman and Egyptian motifs which had begun already in the late 18th century after the retrieval of italian and greek antiquities.

 

 
 

Jacob & Desmalter

1804 - 1814 AC

 
 

jacob and desmtalter

Jacob and Desmalter perfectly symbolized the new fashion which took hold in Europe after the French Revolution. It started with the Directory Style: characterized by simpler forms, limited decoration and cheaper materials. Than evoveld in the more rich Empire style and revival furniture.

 

 
 

The Shakers

19th Century AC

 
 

the shakers

The Shakers believed that every object in the home should have a function and that decoration was totally unnecessary.

 

 
 

Thonet

6th Century AC

 
 

thonet

Michael Thonet's famous bentwood creations are considered to be the very first representatives of modern industrial design furniture, based on the logic of mass production and distribution.

 

 
 

Arts and Crafts

1880 - 1910 AC

 
 

arts and crafts

English decorator William Morris succeeded in grouping a team of artists who opposed industrial Eclecticism ugliness, and were dedicated to recapturing the pure spirit and the quality of medieval craftsmanship.

 

 
 

Wiener Werkstatte

1903 - 1932 AC

 
 

wiener werkstatte

W.W. was the first workshop to become an actual brand and international company: it represents the passage from the premature modernism of Art noveau to modern industrial design.

 

 
 

Bauhaus

1919 - 1933 AC

 
 

bauhaus

Bauhaus was a place of education, an innovative training centre, a place of production and a focus of international debate. Bauhaus was the preamble of modern International Style and continues to influence conteporary design.

 

 
 

Modern Industrial Design

1950 - 1960 AC

 
 

modern industrial design

Modern industrial design revolution started by Arts and Crafts and improved by Bauhaus was finally optimised after The World War II by eccentric and innovating international designers.

 
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architecture

Steiner House/Adolf Loos (underconstruction)

Schroder House/Gerrit Rietveld(underconstruction)

Ville Savoy/Le Corbusier (underconstruction)

Barcelona Pavillon/Mies Van der Rohe

Falling Water / Frank Lloyd Wright

Kaufmann Desert House/Richard Neutra

Glass House/Philip Johnson

House VI/Peter Eisenman(underconstruction)

Douglas House/Richard Meier (underconstruction)

Azuma House/Tadao Ando

Casa Rotonda/Mario Botta(underconstruction)

Y House/Steven Holl(underconstruction)

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design objects

Willis House Chair/Frank Lloyd Wright*

Hill House Chair/C.R. Mackintosh*

Red-Blue Chair/Gerrit Rietvel*

Wasilly Chair/Marcel Breuer*

LC series/Le Corbusier*

Barcelona Chair/Mies Van der Rohe

Chair mod. 406/Alvar Aalto*

LCW Lounge Chair Wood/Charles Eames*

Superleggera/Giò Ponti*

Lady Chair/Marco Zanuso*

Tulip Suite/Eero Saarinen*

Wire Chair/Harry Bertoia*

Swan Chair/Arne Jacobsen*

Tube Chair/Joe Colombo*

Louis Ghost Chair/Philippe Stark*

Moon System/Zaha Hadid*

Cardboard Furniture/Frank Ghery*

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keystones

Ancient Greece Interiors

Pompeian Styles

The Roman Domus

Medieval Gothic Furniture

The Perspective

Italian Majolica

Palaces and Studios

Architectural Furniture & Marquetry

Mannerism and Grotesque

Sambin & Du Cerceau

Royal Palaces and Cabinets

Boulle Furniture

Chinoiseries and Porcelain

Percier & Fontaine

Jacob & Desmalter

The Shakers

Thonet

Arts and Crafts

Wiener Werkstatte

Bauhaus

Modern Industrial Design

 

 

 
 

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authors

A-L

Aalto A.

Ando T.

Barragan L.

Berlage H.P.

Bertoia H.

Botta M.

Breuer M.

Campo Baeza A.

Castiglioni A.

Colombo J.

Eisenman P.

Foster N.

Fisher D.

Gaudi A.

Ghery F.

Gropius W.

Guimard H.

Hadid Z.

Hoffmann J.

Holl S.

Horta V.

Khan L.

Eames C.

Johnson P.

L-W

Le Corbusier

Loos A.

Maki F.

Makintosh C.R.

Moore C.

Meier R.

Munari B.

Neutra R.

Olbrich J.M.

Palladio A.

Piano R.

Ponti G.

Rietveld G.

Rogers R.

Saarinen E.

Starck P.

Van der Rohe M.

Van de Velde H.

Van Doesburg T.

Venturi R.

Zanuso M.

Yeang K.

Wagner. O.

Wright F.L.

styles

Henri II

Louis XIII

Louis XIV and Regency

Louis XV

Georgian

Chippendale

Louis XVI

Directory

Empire

Gothic Revival

Victorian

Restauration

Louis Philippe

Second Empire

Biedermeier

Art Noveau

Sezession stil

Neoplasticism

Rationalism and Expressionism

Purism

Functionalism

Art Decò - Modernisme

Organic Architecture

International Style

Postmodernism

High-Tech

Minimalism

Deconstructivism

Kitsch-Pop-Vintage

Ecodesign

 

 
 

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materials

Wood

Rocks and Stones

Marbles and Granites

Chalk, Plaster and Cement

Concrete

Metals

Glass

Ceramics

Plastics

Resins

Fabrics

Eco-friendly

 

 
 

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lights and colours

Natural light

Ambient lighting

Lamps

Chandeliers

Spotlights

Neon lights

LED (light emitting diode)

Barrisol

Plain Colours

Colour Psychology

Coloured Surfaces

Surface Decorations

 

 
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Alluminium shopfronts   SRL Ltd offer aluminium shopfront fitting services in Manchester and the North West.
archidose.blogspot.com   a very interesting and well organized blog full of news on fresh architecture and design realizations
1902encyclopedia.com prehistoric architecture ancient cultures archeologic website with very interesting info and images of prehistoric structures and the earliest form of architecture
alibaba.com   furniture and interior design objects seller
apartmenttherapy.com   lots of design indications, suggestions and tipos
archiplanet.org i design archiplanet picture Archiplanet online magazine hosts the "Great Buildings Collection": more than 100 great buildings from around the world and across history, with infos, pictures and 3d models.
archipreneur.blogspot.com i design archipreneur pic Very interesting, informal, simple and straightforward blog about Architecture with latest news, trends pictures about architecture.
architonic.com   excellent site about architecture
arcspace.com i design arcspace pic Architecture and design magazine that features today's most creative projects as well as the most influential of the past. Keeps readers informed with weekly updates.
barrisol.com   the famous lighing fabric material
bauhaus2yourhouse.com   classic furniture seller
bbc.co.uk   an excellent site where you can also find a lot of interior design historical information
Best_Interior_Design   This pretty simple and quite childish game ca be considered as an indicator for the growing interest for Inteior Design that young people demonstrate.
bonluxat.com   classic modern furniure seller
britannica.com   a very well documented online encyclopedia where you can find information on interior design, architecture, materials, styles, techniques
designaddict.com    
designboom.com   excellent interior design source
designicons.co.uk   modern classics
designmuseum.org   the website of the Design Museum of London, offers to interior design fans to many exihibitions and a lot of information about life and products of many world famous designers
classicafurniture.com   classic interior design objects
classic-design24.com   classic interior design object
domusweb.it    
essential-architecture.com   very nice site with a lot of pictures and description on Architecture
exclusivelyhome.com    
flashkit.com i design flashkit pic

the best site for flash designers, with tutorials, assets, sounds, etc.. everything is totally free

fosterandpartners.com    
furniturestyles.net    
galinsky.com   everything you want to know about ancient, modern and contemporary architecture, and architects
historyforkids.org history for kids architecture simple explained A simple and straightforward site to start with for your architecture and design researches.
home-improvement01.com home improvement site logo Do it yourself home improvement, build and remodel your home right way. Learn how the master craftsmen of old built things to last
i-dressup.com   An immersive entertaining website, not educational. Contains many flash games involved in designing rooms.
inhabitat.com   news about the latest trends in architecture and interior design, information on eco design and sustainable architecture
interior-design-tutor.net   Excellent site, helps you recognize the correct design choices
interiordezine.com   interior design site
kartell.com kartell logo picture Kartell is one of the most known modern industrial design industries in the world. The famous designer Philippe Starck works for Kartell.
mayadiscovery.com mayan ancient world architecture discover all the secrets of ancient mayan architecture
marcozanuso.com   The official website of the famous italian Interior Designer and his company now run by his son.
materialgirlsblog.com   a very useful and extravagant blog, not only for girls!
mlahanas.de greek culture architecture design history Everytihing about the greeks, from architecutre to daylife.
mnsu.edu egypt ancient architecture religion culture Egyptian extraordinary architecture, culture and religion.
moonstruck.org roman house pompeian styles Excellen site which describes perfectly how roman noble houses ( domus ) were organized and finely decorated with paintings and mosaics, based on specific themes and motifs such as the famous "4 Pompeian styles".
nextag.com i design nextag pic Excellent price comparison site. Compare sellers and prices. Follow price trends of a particula object, including design objects.
pushpullbar.com i design pushpullbar pic Architecture and Design Forum. Great resource which offers a large amount of images, informal infos and links to more references.
ultimatehouse.tv    
spacecraftint.com    
spacefurniture.com.au    
spacify.com    
starck.com   Philippe Starck is considered the most successful and creative contemporary designer. Its innovating furniture is a revisitation of the ancient French Styles, such as Louis Philippe.
stylepark.com    
romereborn.virginia.edu ancient rome forum colosseum palaces temples 3d reconstruction visualization project Institute of technologies for the humanities presents is 3d reconstruction of ancient Rome project.
serdar-hizli-art.com ancient architecture and culture middle east eastern asian  
thesims.ea.com the sims game logo design The Sims game was not conceived as an educational game, but it can be considered a starting point for an Interior Design digital-game-based-learning tool.
treehugger.com    
vroma.org    
wired.com/wiredhome i design wired home pic The world's most famous New Media and Technology magazine introduce you to the house of the future based on ecology and responsive environment.
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