Interior Design College of Design

IDes 3162

IDes 3162 History of Interiors and Furnishings 1750-Present (4 credits), offered spring semester only




Course Description

The purpose of this course is to explore how people have developed and created furniture and domestic interiors in Europe and America between 1750 and the present day. 


Course Objectives

  • Increase understanding of the historical, social, economic, political, technological, artistic, and cultural context within which these designs evolved.
  • Increase understanding of the meaning of objects and how it changes within their own time and across time.
  • Link the past to the present and the future. 
  • Increase visual literacy of both furniture and interiors and through that increase students’ design stimulants and perspective on possible solutions to design problems.
  • Develop a vocabulary for discussing and analyzing historic furniture and interiors.
  • Develop an understanding of the chronology of historical periods in design and the relationships between these periods.
  • Develop an understanding of craftsmanship, materials and technology as these relate to furniture and interior design.
  • Develop the ability to identify the stylistic features corresponding to various historical periods and to make generalizations based on specific examples.

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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