Furniture Design Course Description

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INT 202 Space-Form Design (0,8;4 cr.)

A design studio intended for Architecture, Interior Design and Furniture Design students. It focuses on the development of analytical and technical skills for perceiving, understanding and manipulating spatial definitions and relationships within a habitable context. It includes a discussion into the nature of human experience and perception of built form as the basis for design, an examination of the process of design and an introduction into the “vocabulary” of form. Students are called upon to design a series of small-scale projects. Prerequisites: ADF 101

FUR 203 Furniture Design I (0,8;4 cr.)

This studio course introduces materials commonly used in furniture making and the foundation skills necessary to integrate them into furniture. Emphasis is on techniques, structures and materials properties. These are integrated with theoretical exercises that focus on design. Prerequisites: INT 202

FUR 304 Furniture Design II (1,8;5 cr.)

This studio expands basic principles of furniture design and material skills, exploring how the made objects interact with the human body. Intermediate skills will be demonstrated and practiced as students further explore materials and their applications in design. There will be two sections, one will concentrate on furniture design using advanced wood techniques and materials while the other will relate to metal fabrication and cast materials. Prerequisites: FUR 203

FUR 305 Final Project (1,8;5 cr.)

A self-directed project through which students explore, develop and demonstrate their combined intellectual, creative, professional and practical skills at ‘full stretch’. The subject of this major design task is self-selected and requires research (submitted in the form of a paper), design development and presentation to an advanced standard, usually resulting in the making of a prototype. Students are encouraged to develop working links with external organizations and companies. Prerequisites: FUR 304

FUR 214 Materials and Techniques I (1,4;3 cr.)

This course focuses on the integration of design and fabrication skills necessary to complete original projects. The course covers the properties and working characteristics of wood, hand tool use, joinery techniques and safe machine operations.

FUR 215 Materials and Techniques II (1,4;3 cr.)

This course explores material and fabrication properties of metals. Metal manipulation, machine safety, proper use of hand tools, metal identification and cold techniques are discussed. Students design and fabricate projects integrating the information and techniques covered. Prerequisites: FUR 214

ARC 222 Principles of Design (2,0;2 cr.)

This course is given to design students in architecture, interior design, furniture design and industrial design. It considers design thinking and clarifies the design process linking the stages with established design methodologies. Discussions and assignments address the design journey from image to object, concepts of form, function and context, notions of design constraints, systems and types, and the importance of geometry and grids in design development.

FUR 223 History of Furniture Design (3,0;3 cr.)

This course is a survey of the development of furniture and a critical assessment of styles of each period. Emphasis is on modern and post-modern issues and approaches. The course will include lecture, papers, field trips, and exams.

FUR 224 Modern and Contemporary Furniture (3,0;3 cr.)

Investigation of design principles in contemporary furniture for commercial and residential environments; development of contemporary design philosophy as represented in stylistic content; ergonometric and environmental design considerations in furnishings; furnishings for specialized environments. Two field trips required. Prerequisites: FUR 223

ARC 231 Introduction to Computer Aided Design (1,4;3 cr.)

The course addresses space planning and design applications in computer aided design and graphics. Students learn digital tools and techniques to deal with a whole range of applications from conceptual diagrams to detailed representations of objects and spaces. It includes an introduction to 3-D surface and solid modeling and rendering.

FUR 332 Furniture Design Internship (1,0;1 cr.)

An introduction to professional practice, with introductory lectures that outline basics of job search, application, and practical training, to be accompanied by an eight week practical experience in a professional firm approved by the department.

FUR 333 Electronic Furniture Design (1,4;3 cr.)

In this course, students are expected to combine a broad range of skills in designing and producing objects. Digital design tools are incorporated throughout the process, culminating in the production of tangible objects via rapid prototyped output. Internet research introduces students to various rapid prototyping applications. Students transfer and manipulate CAD data in a variety of software packages and set up and operate a CNC milling machine.

FUR 241 Furniture Design Language (1,4;3 cr.)

The course is a series of exercises and projects to explore techniques in form and idea generation and to encourage students to develop a personal strategy for creative thinking through the use of a variety of media. It provides an opportunity to analyze existing furniture/products/structures to explore contexts, backgrounds and principles, and to apply this knowledge in practical design tasks.

FUR 242 Furniture and Human Studies (1,4;3 cr.)

The course revolves around exercises and tasks that encourage an awareness of the ways people respond to form, furniture, products and spaces through direct use, and the application of this in developing appropriate visual imagery in 3-D form. It provides an opportunity to learn, through practical exercises and experiments, the basics of anthropometrics, ergonomics appropriate to furniture design, and in particular, the design requirements of good seating posture.

IND 351 Business Practice for Product Design (2,0;2 cr.)

This course covers the concepts of legal rights, responsibility and obligations of the designer, and reviews contracts, patents, copyrights and royalties. The course also covers areas of professional responsibility within a corporate environment, working for design consultants and the step-by-step procedure for establishing a professional industrial or product design practice.

FUR 011 Upholstery techniques (1,4;3 cr.)

In this course the student has an opportunity to recommend the proper materials and to practice by covering cushions, occasional chairs and rockers. The students are also introduced to complex pillow-backed furniture and are instructed in methods of cover layout and upholstering of piped and tufted furniture.

FUR 012 Advanced Metalwork (1,4;3 cr.)

This course introduces the theory and technique required to perform welding and joining operations on various common metal alloys. Students are expected to develop a working knowledge of specific alloys and their relevance to furniture design and manufacturing industry standards. Through a specific development process incorporating drawings, volume studies, models, and individual and class critiques, students design and fabricate a piece of furniture.

FUR 013 Cabinet Design (1,4;3 cr.)

Through lectures, demonstrations and critiques, students are expected to move into a high level of design and construction methodology. Advanced furniture construction techniques are introduced and applied toward the design and fabrication of a cabinet with a door and a drawer.

FUR 014 Seating Design (1,4;3 cr.)

This course explores the complex process of seating design and addresses issues of comfort, aesthetics and structure, in addition to the contextual and social elements of seating design. The use of models and full-scale mock-ups is instrumental as students develop and execute their designs.

FUR 021 Interface / Furniture (1,4;3 cr.)

This course will explore creative/expressive relationships between furniture and media environments. The class will include exploring the creation of furniture as interactive interface. Topics such as body positioning, body knowledge, affective computing /biological relations and sensing apparatus will be discussed and explored. Furniture may function as an extension of the body’s activities, as a means of integrating and housing technology, and/or as part of a media installation environment.