Furniture Design For Beginners (Online)
Online courses occur as 1.5 hour live sessions, during which time you will interact with your tutor, classmates and course content using in-built audio and video chat, instant messaging and the virtual work display area.
This exciting, packed modern furniture design and model making course is suitable for beginners, those with merely an interest in furniture design who wish to explore the subject for the first time, as much as for those that have or are practicing design and wish to explore this specific area in more detail...
Taught by: Rock Galpin.
This exciting, packed modern furniture design and model making course is suitable for beginners, those with merely an interest in furniture design who wish to explore the subject for the first time, as much as for those that have or are practicing design and wish to explore this specific area in more detail.
The course combines both online learning and practice outside of the online classes, which you may engage with as you wish, the more you put in the better the likely outcome. You will learn about and practice the key areas of furniture design, from research, creating design directions, originating ideas and development concepts, using sketching and sketch model making skills that you will learn to produce a final scaled model of your own design.
This is, therefore, the perfect opportunity to practice the leap between ideas and three dimensional reality. This course is about experimentation with ideas, but also about the practical side of design, such as grasping an idea of basic batch production processes and ergonomics.
Many students have used this course as a starting point, which they may progress onto the live Intermediate courses 1, 2 and 3 at CSM, to aid them in their successful applications for design degrees or professional practice.
All levels of experience are welcome, although it is better suited to the beginner rather then the practicing designer. This is a practical design course with the emphasis on an overview of furniture design and the practice and exploration of ideas, rather than on the history of furniture design, although there will be reference to it.
Click here to view the introductory video
Course Schedule - 8 weeks: 1.5 hours of live class per week
Introductions, chair history in brief
Drawing exercises, RG drawing tips
RG design process
Brainstorming techniques, designer palette, thumbnail sketching
Sketch modelling demo, human measurements, working scale
General arrangement drawing
Final presentations, user profile board and finished scaled model
Please note this course is being delivered on UK time.To view more information and a live UK clock, please follow this link: http://www.timeanddate.com/time/zone/uk/london
Please refer to your joining instructions about getting set up for your first session.
Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here:
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Trained with 7 years design education, finishing at Central Saint Martins with an MA Industrial Design, Rock Galpin has set up a number of design companies including his current practice, Rock Galpin Studio, specialising in product and furniture design, founded in 2005, originating from Studio Orange, which he founded in 1995.
Rock has won a number of awards for his designs including The Laurent Perrier Design Award in 2005 and has been featured throughout the world in the press and TV alike.
Rock's clients include; Aram, Authentics, Boss Design, Frem, Diageo, Bartle Bogle & Hergarty, Covo, Candy & Candy, Connection Seating, Designers Guild, Heals, Purves & Purves, Weber Shandwick, Hill & Knowlton and Channel 4, The British Council, Conran Shop, Geoffrey Drayton, Bacardi Global Brands, Ogilvy & Mather, Saatchi & Saatchi. In addition, Rock's own brand collection of design/supply furniture supplies to several architects and interior designers such as BDP, Swanke Hayden Connell, Featherstone Young and Waugh Thistleton.
Combined with his studio practice, Rock Galpin has also taught on the BA Product Design course for over 20 years and is a mentor on MA Industrial Design and is one of the original short course tutors now running seven short courses/online courses in furniture and product design at Central Saint Martins.
Please bring to your first session:
- Black ink pen
- Sketchbook (A4 size)
- Scalpel knife
- Cutting mat
- Metal safety ruler
- Glue stick
- PVA glue
- A3 white paper (around 80gsm) x 12 sheets
- A3 tracing paper (around 6 sheets)
- A camera (any sort, a camera phone is fine)
- Modelling board, A4 size x 2 sheets
- Cartridge paper, A4 size x 4 sheets
- Coloured pens and pencils can be useful
- 1 x USB webcam (external), to easily show work in progress
To complete your projects further materials are usually required, which will depend on your ideas for your projects.