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Rethinking Design and Interiors

Human Beings in the Built Environment

Shashi Caan (London: Laurence King, 2011)

Interior design helps to shape all aspects of our lives and has now come of age both intellectually and professionally. This text sets out to change and clarify the perceptions and misconceptions about contemporary interior design by examining some of the key issues that define what it is, how it is different from architecture, what specific skills it requires and what design problems it solves.


The book also aspires to provide new creative possibilities which can help not only to expand and distinguish the discipline but also elevate its stature and esteem. Provocatively written by one of the foremost educators and practitioners in the field, this book will be essential for all interior design students and teachers, as well as appealing to practitioners.


Preservation of Modern Architecture

Theodore H. M. Prudon Ph.D., FAIA (New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons Publishers, 2008)

Winner of the APT’s Lee Nelson Award

Over the past decade Theodore Prudon has been one of the leading voices not only in the US but worldwide for the preservation of modern architecture. His seminal book titled Preservation of Modern Architecture is the first comprehensive publication that seeks to establish a theory and best practices for the preservation of the architecture of the postwar period.


After a general section that includes chapters on the history of efforts of preserving modern architecture, a review of guidelines and international charters, significant material and investigation methodologies as well as processes for establishing significance, a series of case studies has been included. These case studies cover different building typologies as well as examples of curtain wall preservation in the US and worldwide.

“From Boat to Bust: The Monsanto House Revisited”

Permanent Change: Plastic Architecture and Engineering

Michael Bell and Craig Buckley, Editors

New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2014


“International Assembly”

Dwell Asia, January/February 2012


“Metallic Reflections: The Rise and Fall of Aluminum”

Post Ductility: Metals in Architecture and Engineering

Michael Bell and Craig Buckley, Editors

New York, NY: Princeton Architectural Press, 2012


“Heritage Preservation and Education: From Advocacy and Apprenticeship to Academic Discipline”

Maristella Casciato and Emilie D’Orgeix, pp183-190

Modern Architectures: The Rise of a Heritage

Paris, Mardaga, 2012


“The Shashi Caan Collective” – A profile

InDesign Magazine, Australia, November 2011


Influence & Confluence

10 International Influential Designers

2011 International Interiors Exhibition + Catalogue

October 2011, Taiwan


“Conserving Modern Architecture in Latin America”

John Stubbs and Emily Makas, Architectural Conservation in Europe and the Americas, pp604-605

New York, NY: John Wiley, 2011


“Conversations in Context” (Video Interview)

At the Glasshouse, July 2011

New Canaan, Connecticut


Other Modernism

Theodore Prudon, Editor (with Katherine Malishewsky)

Proceedings, IX International Docomomo Conference,

Ankara, Middle Eastern Technical University, 2010


“Design Insights with Shashi Caan”

Design and Technology (UAE) October 2009


“Shashi Caan Profiled”

Contract Interior Design (UAE) March 2009


“Recapturing the Craft of Design for Interiors”

SPARC Journal of IIID (India) Januar¬y 2009


Preservation of Modern Architecture

New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, 2008


“Theodore H.M. Prudon Ph.D., FAIA”

AIArchitect, Vol. 15, March 2008


“Fringe Thinking – ECA as case study”

(Edinburgh College of Art / Evolution House)

MIX magazine (UK) July 2008


“Edinburgh College of Art”

Contract Magazine (US) February 2008


Restoring Postwar Heritage

Theodore Prudon, Editor (with Kyle Normandin)

New York, NY: DOCOMOMO US, 2007


“Perspectives on Color: Shashi Caan” (interview)

Chris Grimley & Mimi Love: Color, Space Style

Rockport Press(US), September 2007


“Spatial Color” – Live lab color experiment

Contract Magazine (US) December 2007


“Edinburgh College of Art Interiors (BOY Design Awards)”

Interior Design Magazine (US) December 2007


Import-Export: Modernism in an Expanding World, 1945-1975

Editor (with Helene Lipstadt), Proceedings, VIIIth Int. DOCOMOMO Conference

New York, NY: DOCOMOMO US, 2006


“Mohawk Group NY Showroom”

Interior Design Magazine (US) March 2006


“A Place of Silence: Imagined Meditation”

I.D.Magazine (US) March 2006


Environmental Comfort (interview)

ICON Journal of the ASID National 2006


“Architectural Elements”,

Contract Magazine, September 2005



Interior Design Magazine, August 2005


“Softening the Edges”,

Metropolis Magazine, July 2005


“Materials Innovation: Mohawk Showroom”,

Architectural Digest, October 2004


“Mohawk Showroom,” Chicago

Contract Magazine, September 2004


“Save it for Later”

Metropolis Magazine, December 2003


“Imagination: A Critique”,

Contract Design, September 2003


“Notable Women in Design: Shashi Caan”,

Contract Design, March 2003


“Nouvel and SOM Burst the Dot-Com Bubble”,

Andante Furniture Collection

Architecture, October 2001



Interior Design Magazine, July 2001


“Changing Floor Conventions”,

Interior Design Magazine, May 2001


Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings In The Built Environment

Published by Laurence King (UK), 2011


“IFI DFIE Phases I-III: A Global Assessment of the Inferiors Discipline”

Interior Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, October, 2011


“From Shelter to Comfort: Exploring the Interior Design Identity”

The State of the Interior Design Profession

Editors: Caren S. Martin & Denise A. Guerin

Fairchild Books, New York, NY, June 2010


“The Transparency of Change”

Intelligent Glass Solutions (IGS) Magazine (UK) Oct 2009


“New Role of Design: New Idea of Infrastructure”

New Growth Engine for A New Seoul Design Seoul, Korea, December 2007


“What Is Interior Design: Consensus or Confusion?”

Interiors Forum Scotland, Thinking Inside the Box London, UK, November 2007


“Harvesting Talent: Interiors Education”

Contract Magazine (US) December 2005


“Imagining the Impossible”

City Life, April 2005


“Overhauling Interior Design Education”

Metropolis Magazine, April 2005


“Tasmeem Doha”,

Gulf Times, February 2005


“Imagination & Responsibility”

Contract Design, September 2003


“The Future of Design: Find the Soul of Art”

Perspectives, Winter 2003


“On Collaboration”

Contract Design, October 2002


“Design Matters”

Contract Design, January 2002


“Perspectives: Shashi Caan”

Contract Design, May 2000


“Design, Color, and Process: Shashi Caan”

Harold Linton: Color in Architecture: Design Methods for Buildings, Interiors, and Urban Space

New York: McGraw Hill, 1999


Review of Colour in Architecture, Edited by Maggie Toy

Color Research and Application, Vol. 22, Number 3, June 1997


“Shashi Caan” Profile

John Pile: Color in Interior Design

New York: McGraw Hill, 1997


“Why Virtual Color?” and “Color: New Beginnings for A Visual Language”

Virtual Color: Light, Hue & Form Integrated

New York: NY School of Interior Design, 1997


“The Mackintoshes and Color: A Visual Assessment”

Four Studies on Charles Rennie Mackintosh

New York: NY School of Interior Design, 1996


“Towards an Integrated Design Education: Light, Color and Form”

Aspects of Color

Helsinki: University of Design, 1995


“Textile Patterns-Conceptual Design”

Tucker Viemeister: Product Design 6

New York: Garden City Books, 1994


“Color in the Human Environment”

Inter-Society Color Council News, August 1993


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