History of Interior Design II

Teaching staff

Natalie dal Pozzo

Natalie dal Pozzo

Bachelor's degree in Art History. Doctoral studies in Humanities and a Master’s degree in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought from the UPF.

Doctoral studies in Humanities and a Master’s degree in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thought from the UPF. Doctoral studies in Philosophy (aesthetics) and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela. Bachelor’s degree in Art History. Close ties with teaching and academic research in the field of theory, history and criticism of art and design. Lecturer at the BAU and Director of the DFP (Degree Final Project) at the UNIR University.

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Semester: 1

Course: Third

Typology: Elective Interior Design

Code subject: GDVI83


Through this course the student will learn and gain the ability to make connections between the ideas and the practice of design. By using history as a critical tool, it will lead to a thorough understanding of interior design from the perspectives of theory, projects and culture.

The course focuses on a historical journey through the most relevant concepts and moments of the cultural realities that surrounded (and were produced by) the design of interior spaces from the first third of the 20th century up until the present day, which covers a wide range of space categories and interdisciplinary connections.



The discourse of European and American design from the first third of the 20th century.

  • The internationalisation of discourse.
  • The American production system.
  • The case study houses and new typologies.
  • Art Déco.
  • International style.
  • Scandinavian design.

The design and architecture exhibitions in the 20th century as models for the presentation/dismantling of design as an instrument for social and cultural transformation.

  • Expositions at the Moma.
  • Domestic landscape.
  • The house of the future. The utopias from the 60s and 70s.

Implications of other areas of design: the role of products and fashion in the disciplinary redefinition of design through the culture of brands and consumption.

  • Interior Design, commercial space, specific cases: Ralph Lauren, Prada, Comme des Garçons, Maison Margiela.

Implications of art and architecture in the definition of new spaces and cultural pollution.

  • Broadening the new concepts of space.
  • The environment and facilities. Vitto Aconci.
  • Dam Graham: the mediated space.
  • The interstitial space: Rachell Withread.
  • The fold: Gregor Schneider

Movements at the end of 20th century, the last trends in interior design

  • The recovery of confidence in the content capacities of the Venturi and Rossi forms.
  • Postmodernism and postmodern architecture.
  • Deconstructivism Peter Eisenman, the Five Architects.
  • Neominimalism.
  • Sustainability.
  • The present condition. The scales of the debate.



  • Knows the chronology of interior design in the 20th and 21st centuries and understands its implications in culture.
  • Assumes a critical stance on the practice of interior design within the current cultural context.
  • Proper application of design-related resources and strategies from other disciplines and frameworks.
  • Analyses information specific to this field and its contextualisation in national and international environments.
  • Is able to carry out analysis from a global, comprehensive perspective by interlinking social, cultural, economic and political aspects appropriately.



  • SS1. Critical analysis and evaluation of the consequences and implications of proposals raised in design projects, both the student’s own and those of others, and their adjustment to suit the social, economic, political and cultural context.
  • SS2. Integration of knowledge and approaches related to cultural, artistic and historical references in design, to practical design projects in creative and innovative ways.



  • Observation of participation.
  • Monitoring of the work produced.
  • Specific tests: exams.
  • Realisation of works or projects.