A Letter from co-Author Corky
Interior Design Illustrated 3rd Edition
When I was asked to work with Francis D.K. Ching on the second
edition of Interior Design Illustrated, I was a bit
intimidated, as I had used his books in my own architectural and
interior design education and admired his beautiful illustrations.
Now that we have again collaborated on the third edition, I am
delighted to be part of this creative team, and I can see how my
participation has made an important impact.
Frank is an author, illustrator, architect, and educator. After
completing my BA, I studied architecture, but eventually received
my masters degree in interior design. The combined knowledge base
and point of view of an architect and interior designer is key to
the success of Interior Design Illustrated.
Interior Design Illustrated is written and illustrated as
an introduction to interior design. Unlike books that seek to teach
only the elements of decorative design, Interior Design
Illustrated starts with the premise that the design of the
interior begins with an understanding of space and its expression
A building’s site, solar orientation, and the connection between
outside and inside are all critical design elements that affect
interior space. Its structure, enclosure system, and building
services all support the spaces within the building. The character
of interior spaces is shaped by the linear, planar, and volumetric
elements of the building’s form.
My decision to become an interior designer (rather than an
architect) was based largely on my interest in how people use
interior spaces and my love of color and texture, both of which are
key to the design of interiors. However, my understanding of
architecture and building systems (I am the author of Building
Systems for Interior Designers, also published by Wiley) is a great
advantage in my design of interior spaces.
As our understanding of sustainable design grows, we are
increasingly working in existing buildings and reusing existing
materials and furnishings. An appreciation for a building’s
architectural context aids in creating interior spaces that belong
to the building and make the most of its assets. Creating interior
spaces that delight the senses and support human needs is something
every interior designer should know how to do.
Working with Frank Ching on this third edition of Interior
Design Illustrated has been a pleasure and a learning
experience. Frank’s knowledge of architecture is encyclopedic, and
his drawings are inspiring. I’ve enjoyed representing the interior
design viewpoint and filling in the details that make interior
space come alive.