Globalization is the wave of the future, but it is also affecting the study of history and design history is no exception. Programs in the visual arts art, architecture, interior design are all facing the challenge of providing students with information from around the world. History of Furniture: A Global View will cover the major historical movements in furniture design from prehistoric periods through contemporary, including those regions that traditional history books ignore or underserve such as Africa and China. And two, it will present the achievements of Western furniture designers, not in isolation from the rest of the world, but in vibrant contact with it. For example, students will learn the about influence of Islamic design on Romanesque style and Thailand s interpretation of Art Nouveau. In short, this comprehensive book with a global perspective focusing on the properties and powers of furniture.