Friday, February 3, 2012, 7-9PM


Total Enthusiasm Series: Inside Pre-Fab is a book launch event that celebrates the history and resurgence of prefabricated domestic interiors from a world of standardized serialism to one of endless variations on the occasion of the release of Inside Prefab: The Ready-made Interior, a new book by Deborah Schneiderman. The event will showcase a series of presentations by designers, students and architects that address serialization and difference in a space of interiority. Presenters include: Karen Fairbanks, Ferda Kolatan, Britney Malave, Katelyn McKernan, Christopher Quiles, Ada Tolla, Allan Wexler and Deborah Schneiderman.


About the book

As an inherently sustainable and affordable building method, prefabrication has enjoyed a revival in recent years, attracting clients and architects alike. In Inside Prefab: The Readymade Interior, Schneiderman turns her attention to a much-overlooked area of prefabrication: interior design. Offering a fascinating history of prefabricated interior design, followed by twenty-four contemporary case studies, the book includes projects by established architects, designers, and artists such as Shigeru Ban, Greg Lynn, and Atelier Tekuto, Andrea Zittel, among others, and up-and-coming firms. The richly illustrated case studies range from original designs for prefabricated interior walls, kitchens, bathrooms, furniture, and offices to complete prefabricated house interiors.

Princeton Architectural Press

English, 2012, 144 pages, 220 images, color

6″ x 9.75″ softcover

Copies will be available for purchase at Storefront during the event

24.95 USD                        

ISBN-10: 1568989873

ISBN-13: 978-1568989877


About the author

Deborah Schneiderman is an Associate Professor of Interior Design in the School of Art and Design at Pratt Institute, and a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional. Deborah Schneiderman received her MArch in Architecture from SCI-Arc and her BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Before becoming a design educator, Deborah Schneiderman founded deSc architecture/design/research with a focus in environmentally sustainable design. Her research explores sustainable built environments, the integration of sustainability into the design curriculum, and sustainability and prefabrication. She has presented her research internationally, recent publications include  “The Prefabricated Interior: Design and History” in the Journal Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture, Prefabricated Kitchen: Substance and Surface in Home Cultures: The Journal of Architecture Design and Domestic Space, the chapter “Integrating Sustainability into Design Curriculum” in Sustainability at Universities – Opportunities, Challenges and Trends, ed. Walter Leil Filho, the chapter “Integrating Sustainability in Design Education” co-authored by Schneiderman will be published in The Sustainable Design Handbook, edited by Stuart Walker and Jacques Giard, will be released in 2012, and her book Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior, published by Princeton Architectural Press.


The event is sponsored in part by Princeton Architectural Press and Pratt Institute.



The Total Enthusiasm Series exposes ideas in a framework of celebration and exuberant camaraderie.