Interior Design

Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary

A fresh perspective on the work of the most important figures of classical design from the seventeenth century to the present. Classical design employs a rich language developed across twenty-five centuries and many cultures. It is a language of details understood worldwide, with its powerful vocabulary of subtle nuance and inflection. Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary, a spectacular presentation of the myriad varieties of classical forms, demonstrates the enduring lessons of traditional interiors for designers and architects today. Extensively illustrated essays devoted to the development of classical design, from its ancient sources through its revivals from the seventeenth century to the present day, are written by noted historians David Watkin and Carol A. Hrvol Flores and architect and designer Richard Sammons. Portfolios of contemporary projects present the award-winning work of Juan Pablo Molyneux, Studio Peregalli, Quinlan & Francis Terry, Fairfax & Sammons, Gil Schafer, Historical Concepts, Ferguson & Shamamian, Allan Greenberg, Robert A. M. Stern, and many others. Classical Interiors: Historical and Contemporary is the authoritative survey of the best of classical design.

About The Author

Elizabeth Meredith Dowling is Professor Emerita of Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the author of American Classicist: The Architecture of Philip Trammell Shutze, New Classicism: The Rebirth of Traditional Architecture, and Michael G. Imber: Ranches, Villas, and Houses. David Watkin is Emeritus Professor of the History of Architecture and Emeritus Fellow of Peterhouse, University of Cambridge. Carol A. Hrvol Flores is Emerita Professor in the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University and the author of Owen Jones: Design, Ornament, Architecture and Theory in an Age of Transition. Richard Sammons is design director of Fairfax & Sammons Architects and has taught at the Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecture in London, the Pratt Institute in New York, and the University of Notre Dame in Rome.

  • Publish Date: October 29, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: House & Home - Decorating & Furnishings
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 11 x 11
  • Pages: 516
  • US Price: $95.00
  • CDN Price: $95.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-4099-1


“This authoritative survey on the best in classical design features the award-winning portfolios of international experts in the genre, along with extensively illustrated essays by noted historians who reflect on classicism from its ancient beginnings and revivals to present day.” ~Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Author Bookshelf: Elizabeth Meredith Dowling

Author Bookshelf: David Watkin