The course is a combination of theoretical fundamentals in the field of interior design, underpinned by a practical planning and DIY production. Students get the basic understanding why designing interiors is important, how local environment, historical context or a specific use can influence the design. Many examples of different iteriors from the past to the contemporary time are presented. A lot of information is given on practical issues such as selection of proper materials for floors and wall coverings, the use of lamp types and management of the light, how to use of colors in interors, and to get familiar with classic and contemporary furniture design elements. During the course, students are encouraged to work with the method of “do-it-yourself”, which includes examples of separate pieces of manufacturing equipment or even minor renovations of small spaces.



The course will cover the following topics:

  • Introduction on interior architecture and interior design
  • characteristics of interior design vocabulary and elements: volume, plane, scale, propotion, vista, movement , transition, accesibility
  • functional aspects of different interiors (work spaces, restorative spaces, living spaces, retail spaces, public spaces, exhibition spaces,..)
  • material for interior design (wood, metal, concrete, …, flooring, wall, general,..)
  • light and lightning
  • the understanding and the use of colors in interior design
  • furniture from classics to contemporary pieces (contemporary trends characteristic examples of different interiors)
  • basics of pictography
  • planning the interior architecture
  • do-it-yourself’ furniture – exercises improve the content of the lectures with examples of analysis and planning of the interior space as well as practical experience with ‘do-it yourself’ furniture.



  • John Coles, Naomi House (2007) The fundamentals of interior architecture, AVA Book