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Rethinking Design and Interiors by Shashi Caan

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Introduction

As working professionals, designers of interiors do not question enough what their discipline really is or wonder about how what they do is perceived by the public at large. They exercise the skills they have so carefully developed, solve the problems immediately at hand, and have the gratification of seeing satisfied clients. But spend time with thoughtful young people who are studying design with an intent to shape meaningful environments, as I did while serving as the chair of the interior design program at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York, and you will quickly find they are seeking a more comprehensive definition of that expertise: How, exactly, does it relate to the other design disciplines and what is unique about ...

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