Thursday, March 26, 2009

Book Review: Interior Design Illustrated by Christina M. Scalise

I've been incredibly remiss at posting about this wonderful how-to book for interior design rendering. "Interior Design Illustrated - Marker and Watercolor Techniques" is both tutorial and historical text on the art of interiors rendering and is published by Fairchild Books, a division of Conde Nast.

When Christina wrote to me about her book, she mentioned "I recently read an article in Metropolis, The Painted Building by Steven Zacks, about the Steven Holl watercolors at MOMA. I was awestruck by his illustrations as they are just as emotional as his structures. I truly hope that design and architecture students take heart and develop a passion and desire to create from hand skills. There is much evidence to support the outstanding design that has its foundation in the art."

Christina is a professional interior designer whose interior and product design work has been published often in trade magazines and international publications. In practice since 1975, her hospitality and retail design work has won numerous awards and honors. While employed with Cole Martinez Curtis & Associates, she served as vice president, design director of the retail division and as a member of the Executive Management Group. She was also the design director of the interior Design division of MCG Architects, before starting her own practice in Newport Beach, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania. As a part-time interior design educator, Scalise taught design studio, professional practice, and rendering courses at Woodbury University, Seton Hill University, Brooks College, and the Art Institutes beginning in 1982. She has also served on the board of the Institute of Store Planners and as the director of its National Student Competition. Scalise is a graduate of Syracuse University where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification and is affiliated with several professional organizations.

Here are some of the amazing historical images included in the book:

Because this is a text book, it's price is considerably higher than the average paperback. But, the quality of the images makes it a must have for those interested in improving their hand drawing skills or even just studying the work of some pretty great interior designers and renderers.

I have one copy of this book that I am willing to send out (domestic US only, please). If you would like it, please post a comment about your experience with hand rendering and I'll draw a name at random and mail it out!

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Sacheverelle said...

When I took design classes in college, I learned that rendering interiors is much harder than these artists make it look.
I was voted "class artist" in high school & I still had a pretty rough time with marker renderings. They would take me SO long to finish & subsequently they usually ended up looking overworked & blotchy. I am so impressed by those "effortless" interior renderings with marker, goache or watercolor.

*moggit girls said...

The book looks fab! Sadly, we have no talent in art. :(

Joy and Janet

Ferret And Hound said...

How fantastic!!! I love watercolours and even posted about that here - - and have even made a few very shy attempts - - it's a skill I have always wanted to learn - and I have to tell you, having worked with architects and fantastic 3D computer renderers, there is still nothing as great as the watercolour of an interior!

Rebecca@Harmony and Home said...

Hi Linda,

I am SMITTEN with Christina's renderings. They are absolutely beautiful. I WISH I could render that beautifully. I'm lucky to get my perspectives right. Although, I don't have many years experience yet, but I'm always searching for a great book on how to render better! Would be honored to have this book in my library!


Jackie Von Tobel said...

The book looks awesome, I've got to get myself a copy. As you know I am a fan of hand rendering and I am doing my bit to encourage students to educate themselves in the classic techniques. It is such a shame that today's design schools are producing design professionals who do not posses even the most basic of skills! I could rant on this subject forever! Thanks for sharing this wonderful book!.

adrian how said...

wow... the book looks absolutely stunning. great graphics. unfortunately, i am talentless in art... the only art i do is moving things around the house to make it look better.

The Peak of Chic said...

I didn't know about this book, so thank you Linda for telling us about it. I must run and buy it ASAP!

Patricia Gray said...

Hi Linda
It looks like an amazing book. I loved rendering with water colors in Design School. My first job out of school was in an Architectural Rendering studio. Alas I don't seem to have the time any more to pursue this passion. I keep promising myself to set up a "painting table" and spend some time each day. Maybe this book will inspire me to do that.

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