As the globe shrinks and the concept of distance diminishes, this text challenges the current status quo by identifying the cohesions and specialisations of design communities across the continents. It sets out an international spatial design landscape, identifying and contouring global design practice and design hotspots from a range of case studies, interviews and design practice perspectives. Using a range of interior environments, the chapters link the origins, trends and perceptions of the interior to create new insight into trans-global design. The book expands, but also coheres the interior design discipline to ensure the subject continues to grow, develop and influence the inhabitations of the world.

The book features a wealth of pedagogical elements including:

  • Beautifully designed with over 100 full colour illustrations, photographs and examples of design work
  • Maps and diagrams which highlight hotspots of design across the globe, providing strong graphic information
  • Interview panels featuring professional insights from designers across the globe
  • ‘Employability’ boxes, providing a good tips guide for students gaining employment across the globe
  • ‘International Dimension’ boxes which strengthen the scholarship of studying interior design in a globalised way
  • ‘Design Oddities’ box which brings into focus any new or contextual facts that help contextualise the global interior.

chapter |3 pages


part 1.0|41 pages

Visions of the interior

chapter 1.1|6 pages

Interior design issues

chapter 1.2|16 pages

Interior diversity

chapter 1.3|10 pages

Spatial culture

chapter 1.4|4 pages

Case study perspective

part 2.0|44 pages

Global translation

chapter 2.1|15 pages

Design process unravelled

chapter 2.2|9 pages

International interior education

chapter 2.4|7 pages

Case study perspective

part 3.0|34 pages

Five cities: global perspectives of interior design

chapter 3.1|4 pages

City perspective: Chicago, USA

chapter 3.2|4 pages

City perspective: Manchester, UK

chapter 3.3|9 pages

City perspective: Melbourne, Australia

chapter 3.4|4 pages

City perspective: St. Petersburg, Russia

chapter 3.5|4 pages

City perspective: Shanghai, China

chapter 3.6|5 pages

City perspective: summary and analysis

part 4.0|36 pages

Cultural identity

chapter 4.1|5 pages

Global reach and scope

chapter 4.2|10 pages

Individualism and the global community

chapter 4.3|8 pages

National identity

chapter 4.4|4 pages

Professional practice cultures

chapter 4.5|6 pages

Case study perspective

part 5.0|45 pages

Spatial futures

chapter 5.1|10 pages

Spatial renewal and reuse

chapter 5.2|5 pages


chapter 5.3|9 pages

Spatial immersive technologies

chapter 5.4|6 pages

Spatial choreography

chapter 5.5|5 pages

Interior life cycle

chapter 5.6|5 pages

Case study perspective

part 6.0|36 pages

Global design practice

chapter 6.1|9 pages

The professional practice lexicon

chapter 6.2|11 pages

Global employment

chapter 6.4|5 pages

Case study perspective

chapter 7|8 pages


chapter |6 pages

Professional practice glossary