Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior

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Don’t let the simple exterior of the book “Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior” by Deborah Schneiderman and published by Princeton Architectural Press fool you: this small book packs a powerful punch of prefab inspiration. But instead of focusing on the prefabricated architectural world which is well-documented, Deborah delves into the world of in pre-made interiors.

She first starts off with a few pages of history about prefab (bonus points for mentioning Buckminster Fuller) and then jumps into covering great examples and strides in prefab interior design, from projects that seem more like an art installation and not really like something that a normal person might use to really interesting ideas that seem futuristic yet totally accessible.

Halfway through the book you come to Oma’s Rache, the origin of the front cover’s design, and you realize the front cover isn’t a black and white drawing, but a compact, fold-out kitchen designed by some clever German designers. The book itself is divided into sections like bathrooms, furniture and then ends on entire prefabricated interiors.

Overall the the photos are a bit on the small size, but the book has a good feel to it, and is fun to flip through to learn more about what the future of our interiors might look like! Check out more information and buy this book at the Princeton Architectural Press site.

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  1. Kyle

    May 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Looks like a cool book. I’d love to learn more about pre-fab.

  2. MichM

    May 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Clever kitchens make me happy. That’s a fine-looking book.

  3. matt forget

    May 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    i reallllly like this one.

  4. Naomi

    May 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    I’d love to learn more about prefab interiors. I don’t know much about them but totally expected to have the Jetsons’ push-button convenience built into everything by now…

  5. Annie

    May 8, 2012 at 4:13 pm


  6. Maddie

    May 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Mmm I’m a fan!

  7. Mamavalveeta03

    May 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    I’ve been fascinated by pre-fab ever since I was a kid and my Uncle Allen put up a pre-fab by the water. It seemed so modern to me!

  8. Carl

    May 8, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Looks like quite a cool book. I’d love to have a closer look at it. Please enter my name for the chance to win this. Thanks!

  9. Katrina

    May 9, 2012 at 9:33 am

    This looks awesome! I love the culture of pre-fab, both vintage and modern

  10. bev

    May 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    pre-fab, modular, yes!

  11. Victoria

    May 9, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Very cool book. Prefab is definitely coming back better!

  12. Michael G

    May 9, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Hey, I use to draw those for a pre-fab company. Could be a fun read.

  13. matt forget

    May 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    love pre-fab

  14. Kyle Hibbard

    May 9, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    Some interesting concepts. Would love to see more!

  15. Rachelle

    May 10, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Looks like a great book!

  16. Kara

    May 10, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    just volunteered for a home tour in Venice Beach and there was a Radziner house included – however, it was not one of his prefabs! Would love to learn more about them!

  17. lauren

    May 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Love prefab and modular construction- would be great to learn more about how it applies to interior design and check out some case studies!

  18. matt

    May 11, 2012 at 5:23 am

    this would look great on the bookshelf!

  19. Ivar

    May 13, 2012 at 1:55 am

    “…and you realize the front cover isn’t a black and white drawing, but a compact, fold-out kitchen designed by some clever German designers.” -> and I was like “WTF!” :O

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