history of interior design timeline
Shaker was a religious sect founded in England in the late 1700’s. The Shaker’s design philosophy was one of necessity and usefulness.
Learn about the Edwardian Period where colors were fresh and light, creating an informal feel.
1940s; developments were few and far between in this period, due to the political context of the time. Design was not a priority, and many designers stopped work to concentrate on other areas. Women went out to work, meaning less time was spent at home. This meant practicalities were important, if it was difficult to clean, it was out.
1960s; plastics, bright colours and bold prints were still the rage, but it was time to get low. Low seating of all shapes and sizes become popular, with bean bags and blow up chairs being a cheaper alternative to ‘regular’ furniture. Also, don’t forget the lava lamp to complete the look and ensure that all lamp shades are surrounded by beading.
This movement born as a challenge to what people saw to be the generic blandness of the Modernist movement. One of its main figures was Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass, with his signature playful shapes, abstract prints, and powerful color stories.
Postmodernism 1978 – Today
There are a wide range of working conditions and employment opportunities within interior design. Large and tiny corporations often hire interior designers as employees on regular working hours. Designers for smaller firms and online renovation platforms usually work on a contract or per-job basis. Self-employed designers, which make up 26% of interior designers,  usually work the most hours. Interior designers often work under stress to meet deadlines, stay on budget, and meet clients’ needs.
Art Deco rejected traditional materials of decoration and interior design, opting instead to use more unusual materials such as chrome, glass, stainless steel, shiny fabrics, mirrors, aluminium, lacquer, inlaid wood, sharkskin, and zebra skin.  The use of harder, metallic materials was chosen to celebrate the machine age. These materials reflected the dawning modern age that was ushered in after the end of the First World War. The innovative combinations of these materials created contrasts that were very popular at the time – for example the mixing together of highly polished wood and black lacquer with satin and furs.  The barber shop in the Austin Reed store in London was designed by P. J. Westwood. It was soon regarded as the trendiest barber shop in Britain due to its use of metallic materials. 
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With neutral colours, furniture in basic materials such as wood and stainless steel and a minimal amount of ornaments the aim is for a clean and uncluttered feel. Bright colours are sometimes used to contrast against the all round neutral feel.