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Lyman Martin (artist)


September 9 1936

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8.5 in (width) x 11 in (height)


Summary notes of introduction to principles of interior decoration class. The introduction presents the argument that no profession of interior design existed prior to the twentieth century. Basic tenets of interior design dictate that pieces in a given room must relate to each other; the introduction states that no such concept existed before 1900. The introduction also divides the evolution of interior decorating into three discrete periods of time within the twentieth century; they are as follows: a period of "historic adaptation," from 1904 to 1925; a "narrative period," from 1925 to 1932; and period from 1932 to the time of this class, which involves a "shedding" and "simplifying."

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Kellen Design Archives


box 1, folder 9



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