An invaluable reference for anyone who works with textiles or draws on them as a source for design or furnishings, Soft Surfaces shows how hundreds of varieties of fabric look both up close and in interior and exterior applications. Modelled on the highly successful Surfaces (1996), this new collection of over 1,200 high-quality colour photographs groups fabric by structure, surface treatment, style and application, including window treatments, upholstery, awnings, tents and floor coverings. Chosen by a designer for designers, these pictures show specific materials ready to be used in designs, presentations or competitions, as backgrounds or for general visual information. Like Surfaces, the book is tailored to research needs in scope and focus, offering examples for architects, interior designers, theatrical and film designers, illustrators and graphic designers, as well as those who work in the textile field. Interviews with outstanding design professionals describe how they use textiles in their work. A glossary of technical terms offers a vocabulary for professional communication; a list of sources provides information on suppliers and a comprehensive index of subject matter and materials makes it easy to find the right image.