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ORIENTAL INTERIORS: DESIGN, IDENTITY, SPACE. Ed. by John Potvin. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. 292 pp. with 56 ills. 24 x 16 cm. LC 2015-18677 ISBN 9781472596635 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 169079. Publisher's description: Since the publication of Edward Said's groundbreaking work Orientalism 35 years ago, numerous studies have explored the West's fraught and enduring fascination with the so-called Orient. Focusing their critical attention on the literary and pictorial arts, these studies have, to date, largely neglected the world of interior design. Oriental Interiors is the first book to fully explore the formation and perception of eastern-inspired interiors from an orientalist perspective. Orientalist spaces in the West have taken numerous forms since the 18th century to the present day, and the fifteen chapters in this collection reflect that diversity, dealing with subjects as varied and engaging as harems, Turkish baths on RMS Titanic, Parisian bachelor quarters, potted palms, and contemporary yoga studios. It explores how furnishings, surface treatments, ornament and music, for example, are deployed to enhance the exoticism and pleasures of oriental spaces, looking across a range of international locations.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Several Periods — Interior Design
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 169080
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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