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The Interiors Handbook for Historic Buildings

Historic Preservation Education Foundation
Published 1993 (vol.1), 1998 (vol.2)
Accessed: 01.01.2023

This 450-page illustrated handbook is a ready reference tool on the restoration and rehabilitation of historic interiors. The Handbook is divided into eight sections: Planning; Architectural Features and Materials; Finishes and Accessories; Systems and Fixtures; Fire Protection and Codes; Adaptive Reuse; Manufacturers, Sources and Literature; Annotated Bibliography. Volume 2 is another 500 pages!

Published by HPEF.
Downloadable pdf.

Total Design: Architecture and Interiors of Iconic Modern Houses

Published 2014
Accessed: 01.01.2023

George H. Marcus’ book documenting iconic houses conceived as complete works of art, or Gesamtkunst. 'Each of the spectacular houses making up Total Design demonstrates how an architect realized a unifying vision through all aspects of design - architecture, furniture, fittings, decorative objects, color, and gardens.' Available on WorldCat, Amazon, and in many major bookstores. Could be a good introduction to the concept of a unified design vision throughout a house.

Published by Rizzoli, 2014.
Hardcover book.