Interior Design College of Design

IDes 3161

IDes 3161 History of Interiors and Furnishings: Ancient to 1750 (4 credits), offered fall semester only




Course Description

Study of European interiors and furnishings including furniture, textiles, and decorative objects.


Course Objectives

  • Develop awareness of the material cultures and life styles associated with past civilizations and their relevancy to contemporary design.
  • Identify furniture styles and understand why a style developed and its relationship to social, economic, and political conditions and how it influences contemporary design.
  • Develop a sensitivity and appreciation of historic design.  Learn to be objective.
  • Create better informed and educated design professionals as well as contribute to students’ general education.


Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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