On Why We Should Consider that the Interior Perspective Render is Art, After All: a review of literature concerning the development of perspective representations of interior spaces from the Italian Renaissance to the digital age

Louie Tongco Navarro, G Bruyns

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In order to establish how the interior perspective render can secure for interior
design the status of a legitimate art form, this review of literature will be
looking into the history of representing three-dimensional interior spaces from
the varied perspectives, or better yet, the evolutionary perspective of the
practice of interior spatial representation itself: from painters to architects to
decorators and eventually, interior designers beginning from the time interior
space was first depicted, all the way to the current iteration of the interior
perspective render created with the use of computer technology.
Now if this ‘elevation’ may seem antithetical given the frame of reclamation
most especially when one considers that this is suggestive of a return to
autonomy—that divorce of form and function—that has been repeatedly
levied against art in order to diminish its significance, this article will forward
the necessity of such a positioning as we are catapulted into the digital age.
Ambitiously, by forwarding this render as the consummate ‘end’ that
encompasses the historical, theoretical, and practical facets of the practice of
interior design, this review will argue how claims to its value as a work of art
can be indicative of the profession’s role in reimagining spaces in a future
poised for a literal iteration of the notion of a space transcending spatiality. At
the most basic, this review will look into how such an elevation can secure the
continuity of a practice that with its very physical, tangible quality is
challenged by the inescapable reality of virtuality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSAHANZ 2018, 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand.
Place of PublicationWellington, New Zealand
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventSAHANZ 2018: 35th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand - The Faculty of Architecture and Design, Victoria University of Wellington, , Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 4 Jul 20187 Jul 2018


ConferenceSAHANZ 2018
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand
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  • Interior design
  • interior renders

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