Autumn Elective – 88323: The (Contemporary) Furniture Prototype Studio

This course will explore furniture design in a workshop setting; we will design and fabricate a piece of furniture over the semester and producing a full scale prototype of the particular design.


Introduce students to the design process in furniture utilizing analytical and intuitive thinking to solve design problems, employing both graphic means (sketches, drawings) and three dimensional prototypes (models, and the full scale product) to express their ideas.

Further we introduce students to the skills, attitudes, and behaviors required in a shop setting.

Classroom lectures survey furniture design from the 1880‘s to the present, focusing on design histories and technical matters.

Students will learn how to work with a variety of materials and techniques in the workshop.

Tutor: Robert Barnstone

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