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Interior (architecture)
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1. Concept

Interior (French intérieur) has since around 1900 denoted the deliberate design of the inside (as opposed to the outside) of a building, especially a European residential construction (cf. Library, Infirmary, Church architecture, Town hall). The interior is determined by architectural structure (arrangement and height of rooms) and by permanent (ceilings, floors, walls, chimneybreasts) and mobile fittings in reciprocal relation to the usage of the room.

At first, interior design was a shared…

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Völkel, Michaela, “Interior (architecture)”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_021489>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190124

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