Interior Architecture

    Interior Architecture

    Zeina ALAKINI © Beryl Libault

    Interior designers create living spaces They use an architecture, an environment to create spaces. They work from an empirical and personal standpoint — which does not exclude a global vision.

      The Interior Designer

      Interior design is at the crossroads of visual arts, design and architecture. As the discipline combines dimensions such as shapes, functions, practices and symbolic systems, it requires a synthetic approach. Interior designers shape the way a space feels (atmospheres, moods) by working on lights, materials, acoustics, colors, furniture, objects..… 

      They strive to find the right relationships between the body and space, between uses and body movements. They analyze the movements and positions of everyday life.

      They find precise uses and give them a shape.

      They create projects rooted in a social context and intended to welcome ways of living. They understand social issues. They consider both the theoretical and methodological input of social sciences.

      They are skilled in technology, geometry and mechanics. They devise a constructive strategy based on operation constraints. Their projects are part of the regulated process of the art of building.

      They offer an ecosystem approach on ecological issues — resource economics, recycling, carbon footprint, energy, local scale — combined with social values.  

      They use complex and varied data. They are versatile and aware of the skills they need to master.

      They have artistic, technical, spatial and management knowledge. 

      They cast a critical eye on their practice. They take a stand regarding the clients’ requests. In other words, they know how to create a project, but they also know also why. 


      The short projects enable students to work separately on simple notions such as direction, distance, movement, scale, light or sequencing. 

      Longer, multifaceted projects enable students to fully understand the subject, question the project specification, work on documentation, gradually find answers, develop their method, their thinking, the economy and the project culture and to handle the diverse disciplines implied. They must be able to design relevant projects and to carry them out until their completion. They resolve the issue they have raised.

      They are encouraged to work as investigators, which favors exploratory methods and field surveys and which helps students find the appropriate approach to the subject.

      The drawing work and research models are put forward as key tools of observation, analysis, experimentation, elaboration and project communication. The aim is to forge close ties between the eye, the mind and the hand. 

      The courses often draw on the physical experimentation of fundamental spatial notions and on site visits. Experimentation and research are encouraged and valued.

      The Interior Architecture department interacts with the other departments of the École des Arts Décoratifs, a multidisciplinary school devoted to research and creation.


      Nom Fonction
      Blandine Bontour
      Designer, coloriste
      Catherine Frenak
      Non renseigné
      Pascale Lion
      Architecte d’intérieur
      Pauline Marchetti
      Véronique Massenet
      Non renseigné


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