Interior Design Glossary

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TermDefinition
Façade

Façade – The front portion of a building.

Fan light

Fan light – A semicircular window with ribbed bars, normally found over a door or another window.

Fault

Fault – A fracture within a rock mass where the rocks on one side have moved in relation to those on the other side.

Feasibility Studies

Feasibility Studies – In-depth estimates of the cost of planning and specification of a project undertaken prior to any actual planning.

Fenestration

Fenestration – Refers to the use of windows on a wall.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui – Literally, “wind/water,” the Chinese system of balancing the energy patterns of the physical environment.

FF & E (Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment)

FF & E (Furniture, Furnishings, and Equipment) – Nickname for projects that have minimal or no construction work involved.

Fiddleback

Fiddleback – A unique figure on the face of a wood, giving it a washboard effect.

Figure

Figure – The pattern produced in wood by annual growth rings, rays, knots, color variation, and the manner in which the log was cut.

Firebox

Firebox – The box or chamber containing the fire of a furnace or fireplace.

Firesurround

Firesurround – Shelf and side elements framing a fireplace. Also called chimneypiece or mantelpiece.

Firing

Firing – Heating clay, glaze, enamel, or other material to the temperature needed to achieve a desired structural change. Most ceramics are fired in a kiln to temperatures ranging from 1600F to 2300F.

Fluorescent

Fluorescent – Contains a mixture of an inert gas and low-pressure mercury vapor.

Fluted

Fluted – Marked by a series of vertical grooves, as on the shaft of a column, a pilaster, or a decorative molding.

FOB (Free on Board)

FOB (Free on Board) – The shipper must assume that expense of loading the goods onto the truck as well the expenses and risk for shipping the goods to the FOB destination.

FOB, Destination

FOB, Destination – The manufacturer retains ownership of the goods, pays all shipping expense, and assumes all risks until the goods reach the delivery destination.

FOB, Factory

FOB, Factory – The buyer assumes ownership or title of the goods when they are loaded on the truck at the factory. The buyer assumes the transportation expenses and all risks.

FOB, Factory

FOB, Factory – The buyer assumes ownership or title of the goods when they are loaded on the truck at the factory. The buyer assumes the transportation expenses and all risks.

Forged

Forged – A blacksmithing technique, in which metal is shaped by hammering, usually while at red or white heat.

Form

Form – Is the basic shape and configuration of an object or space.

Fossiloferous

Fossiloferous – A rock containing fossils.

Frequency

Frequency – The number of cycles completed per second and is measured in Hertz.

Frieze

Frieze – The central horizontal band of an entablature, found below the cornice and above the architrave.

Fuming

Fuming – A vapor deposition process in which a thin film of metal (usually silver, platinum, or gold) condenses on the surface of a hot piece of glass or clay, resulting in an iridescent surface.

Fused Glass

Fused Glass – Glass that has been heated in a kiln to the point where two separate pieces are permanently joined as one without losing their individual color.

Futon

Futon – Padded mattress and quilt, which are pliable enough to be folded and stored out of sight during the day.

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