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Interior Design

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Subject headings

Interior decoration -- history
Interior architecture -- history


          -- country name
          -- 20th century 

Design movement, style: Memphis

Designer name: Ettore Sottsass

Building types: Hotels


Materials on Interior Design is located in the call number areas of NA (Architecture), NK (Decorative Arts), TA (Engineering), TH (Building Construction & Handicrafts) and TS (Manufactures) at the University Center Library, 63 Fifth Avenue. 

All degree-seeking students have access to the library at the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), a comprehensive library for interior design, which also uses the Library of Congress classification scheme.

NK: Decorative Arts and Interior Design

Antiques and Decorative Arts  NK 460-1380, NK 2800-9700
Arts and Crafts  NK 1140-1142
Careers  NK 2116
Color  NK 2115, 1548
Commercial / Restaurants / Shops  NK 2195
Design History / Patterns / Theory  NK 1160-1700
Furniture  NK 2205-2770
History  NK 1710
Interior Design and Designers 
  American  NK 2002-2004
  European  NK 2042-2062
  Asian/African/Oceanic  NK 2078-2110
Lighting NK 2115.5
Residential  NK 2110
Rooms  NK 2117

TA: Engineering 
Human Factors / Ergonomics  TA 166
Materials  TA 402-4036

TH: Building Construction
Graphic Standards  TH 2025-4311
Green/Sustainable Materials  TH 455-880

TT: Handicrafts
Furniture  TT 180-200
Soft Home Furnishings  TT 387-410

TS: Manufactures
Product Design  TS 23-19