When I first heard of Deborah Schneiderman's new book, Inside Prefab: The Ready-Made Interior, I was confused. After all, unless you make your own furniture, it is all prefabricated under the usual definition. But Schniederman, an associate professor of interior design at Pratt Institute, is not talking about discrete pieces of furniture; she is looking at elements that are part of the fabric of the home or office, interior elements that define space or are essential parts of the building. She writes "even gypsum board...serves as example of an interior element that is fabricated off site and brought to the house ready to install."
Such a definition gives the author a pretty big net, and she uses it well to classify different kinds of designs, many of which have been shown in TreeHugger over the years.