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Human Dimension and Interior Space: A Source Book of Design Reference Standards Hardcover – Nov 1 1979

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill; 1 edition (Nov. 1 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823072711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823072712
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2.8 x 30.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Julius Panero, AIA, ASID, is a practicing architect, interior designer, and an associate professor of interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York. He has taught interior design for the last twenty years and was the former chairperson of the Interior Design department at FIT. A graduate of Pratt Institute, where he received a bachelor of architecture's degree, and Columbia University, where he received a master of science degree in urban planning, Panero is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the American Society of Interior Designers, and a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, London. Licensed to practice architecture in New York, Panero is a principal in the consulting firm of Panero Zelnik Associates, Architects/Interior Designers. He is also the author of Anatomy for Interior Designers and a contributing author to Time-Saver Standards. Martin Zelnik, AIA, ASID, NCARB, is a practicing architect, interior designer, and an assistant professor of interior design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, where he has taught interior design for the last ten years. A graduate of Brandeis University, where he received a bachelor of fine arts degree, and Columbia University, where he earned a master of architecture degree, Zelnik is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the New York Society of Architects, the Interior Design Educators Council, and the American Society of Interior Designers. A special consultant to the National Council of Interior Design Qualification, Zelnick is a principal in the New York consulting firm of Panero Zelnik Associates, Architects/Interior Designers.

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In examining the relationship between human dimension and dining spaces, the areas of most concern to the designer are the clearances around the table and the number of people a table of a particular size can accommodate. The clearance between the edge of the table and the wall or any other physical obstruction must at the very least accommodate two elements: (1) the space occupied by the chair and (2) the maximum body breadth of a person of a larger body size as he circulates between the chair an the wall. In dealing with the space occupied by the chair, it should be noted that its position, relative to the edge of the table, will change several times during the course of a meal. Towards the end of a meal, perhaps while the person is engaged in informal conversation or in an effort to change body posture, the chair may be extended farther from the table. As a person leaves the table, the chair may be located even farther away. Comfortable clearance should assume the chair to be at its farthest distance from the table.


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As a licensed Interior Designer I refer to this book frequently. To determine the space required for any activity from opening a file drawer to dining, watching a movie or simply removing an object from a shelf this book gives it to you straight with no fluff. It contains simple but indispensible scientific data for the 95th percentile and beyond. Whether you are a student or a professional, in Interior Design, Architecture or Industrial Design I highly recommend Human Dimension and Interior Space.
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Human Dimension & Interior Space provides information about interior space requirements and human dimensions that are indispensable to the beginning design student or the practicing professional. Its drawings and charts are clear, easy to understand and even easier to apply. It should be part of every design professional's library or student's required reading list. It is also refreshing to note that this book has integrated barrier free design/accessibility issues into each space type that is covered, and not made it a separate issue.
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I purchased this book after borrowing it from architectural colleagues over the years, and currently from set designers with whom I work in the film industry. The material is well organized and clearly illustrated. I would recommend the book Human Dimension & Interior Space to all designers who are dedicated to achieving excellence in their professional practice.
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I've been after this book for a long time, is really old school, but it is AWESOME,
the illustrations took me right back to my college days.
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C'est un livre tres utile pour le monde du design! a se procurer absoulument!!!
Merci! de plus le prix est tres compétitif!
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The book came in really good quality, a few writing notes here and there but not one that prevents reading for was on a blank page in the end. Images are clear and no rips of folds. The cover shows slight damages but wasn't severe.
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Beaucoup, beaucoup de standard et de normes... en fait, plus que je suis moi-même capable de comprendre. J'ai trouvé ce que je voulais; hauteurs standards pour les différents types de chaises.
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Ce livre est définitivement un must à avoir si vous travaillez en architecture ou en design d'intérieur. Il est bien illustré, tout y est clair et il regorge d'information vraiment utile.
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