A History of Interiors: From Classical to Contemporary Design

Register for this Spring 2023 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning  website.
Discover how ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece, as well as their symbols of power and religion, influenced the evolution of interior design, eventually resulting in the practical and minimalist interiors of today. In this interactive online course, learn to identify design periods, from the iconic Classical styles to design Modernism. Gain an understanding of how design influences architecture and construction as a key component of home life. Get to know legendary interior designers and architects such as Elsie de Wolfe known as the "mother of interiors," Charlotte Perriand who aimed to create the functional living spaces we see today, and Zaha Hadid who continues to influence the form and function of building planning and the furniture of tomorrow.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of how interior design has evolved over time
  • Familiarity with notable interior designers
  • The ability to identify different period styles

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Practicing and aspiring interior decorators
  • All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.