Interior design: An insight from the inside

The boundaries of what constitutes interior design are becoming increasingly blurred. In fact, it’s a profession that, up until fairly recently, has struggled to be considered a profession at all.

In the latest book from RIBA Publishing – Interior Design: A Professional Guide – designer Jenny Grove sets out to decipher exactly what it means to be a professional interior designer, offering a definitive guide to both practitioners and clients on how best to navigate this increasingly inter-disciplinary design practice.

Readers are taken on a journey, giving them an insight into the wide range of projects and specialisms involved while demystifying what an interior designer does, and showcasing the range of skills required to achieve a successful project.

Topics covered include the profession in its historic and current context, the people, roles and relationships involved in interior design, the skills and knowledge that designers need, the benefits of using a designer, and the importance of a good client-designer relationship.

Project examples illustrate key points, pinpointing important project types and showcasing designers working in specialist fields and include comments from the designers, clients and end-users.

A lecturer and writer, Jenny Grove has a long career working professionally within the field of interiors and architecture and wanted to pass on her own learnings and experience in a book addressing the professional issues faced by the industry today. “The book considers interior design in its broadest and purest sense,” said Jenny.

“How it is now a multi-layered, cross-disciplinary global profession, which includes design and architecture, cultural, social and business contexts, and how these all impact on decisions and choices.

“The book aims to be both accessible and relevant to a large number of stakeholders in the world of interior design, from students and amateur designers through to facility managers and architects. I hope it encourages them to consider what value and profit really mean to their clients, the end-users and their own businesses, and the impact our profession can have in terms of people’s well being and state of mind.”