Type of Document Thesis Author Clark, Lindsay Anne Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-07122008-222854 Title Symbology of Interior Design: A preliminary typological study of the theories of Christopher Day Degree Master of Fine Arts Department Interior Design, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Jill Pable Committee Chair Lisa Waxman Committee Member Peter Munton Committee Member Keywords
- Interior Design
- Design Psychology
- Place Attachment
- Sacred Space
- Childhood Spaces
- Christopher Day
- Content Analysis
- Elements And Principles
- Sense Of Entry
Date of Defense 2008-06-30 Availability unrestricted AbstractThis study addresses the unconscious manifestations of symbols in the interior environment. The aim of the study is to inform and assist interior design practitioners through the production of a preliminary exploration of a specific set of theories by architect and theorist Christopher Day. The method employs content analysis to develop a typology for the classification of theories. It then deconstructs and interprets the results using the elements and principles of design. As a result, the study generates a series of conceptual design sketches accompanied by descriptive narratives.
Specifically, the typology includes three classes that are explored within the context of this study:
1. Threshold: A Sense of Entry
2. Territory and Boundaries
3. Mystery and the Journey of Discovery
Day and other contemporary theorists have provided a foundation of literature supporting the psychological meaning of the built environment in both inner wellness and the development of identity through these three classes. It is the opinion of this author that while these concepts are valuable to interior designers, they lack sufficient explanatory examples. Thus, they are less likely to be adopted by interior design practitioners. Additional examples of interior-specific applications could be of use to the interior design community. Therefore, it is the purpose of this study to take a preliminary step in applying these abstract concepts to the practical solutions of interior design.
This exploration yields useful results for practitioners and educators. A framework of understanding is developed through the creation of a typology rubric with keyword guide for a variety of authors. A summary tool used in the methodology is developed into a typology worksheet for possible use in teaching and practice. Most significantly, this study takes a preliminary step, through interpretation and illustration, toward the implementation of these theories in interior design practice.
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