Furniture Design - Beginners Summer School

This action packed, modern studio and workshop furniture design and model making course is suitable for beginners, those with an interest in furniture design who wish to explore the subject for the first time, as much as for those that have design qualifications or are practicing designers and wish to explore this specific area in much more detail...

Taught by: Rock Galpin.

Description

This action packed, modern studio and workshop furniture design and model making course is suitable for beginners, those with an interest in furniture design who wish to explore the subject for the first time, as much as for those that have design qualifications or are practicing designers and wish to explore this specific area in much more detail.

As an intensive 3 week course you will have a substantial amount of time to really understand, practice and develop key skills in the area of furniture design, from your own research, decoding and analysing your results to create design directions, originating ideas and developing concepts, using drawing, sketching and sketch model making in the studio and wood, metals and plastics workshops, learning to experiment with materials, create mock ups, test and develop your ideas, producing scaled models and a final scaled model of your own design with the help of skilled technicians.   

This course is the perfect balance of design-process learning and a great hands-on opportunity to really develop ideas from tested concepts to three dimensional reality. It is about using the design process as a vehicle to experiment with ideas, but also about the practical side of design, such as understanding batch production processes, technical restraint and ergonomics.   

All levels of experience are welcome, although it is better suited to the beginner rather than the practicing product/furniture designer. This is a practical design course with the emphasis on an in depth overview of furniture design and the practice and hands on exploration of ideas more than a theory or history based course, although reference is made to both. It would be well suited to someone who wants to start to build a portfolio for future study in Product Design.

Following this course students have been able to use this course as a stepping-stone allowing natural progression onto the more advanced ‘Intermediate’ level furniture design courses run by Rock Galpin.

Furniture Design - Intermediate 1 - Design And Research

Furniture Design - Intermediate 2 - Design Development

Furniture Design - Intermediate 3 - Materials And Model Making

The Intermediate courses at Central Saint Martins have aided students successful applications onto design degree courses or allowed significant professional practice development.   

Tutor information

Rock Galpin MA runs the design agency Rock Galpin Limited and is a senior Associate Lecturer on the BA Product Design Course at Central Saint Martins and Professor and course leader of the Industrial Design course at Syracuse University.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Range of pencils (minimum 2H,HB,2B,6/8B) 
  • A3 layout/marker pad
  • Notebook/sketchbook (A4/A5)
  • Protractor (to measure angles, or adjustable set square)
  • Laptop (if you have one)
  • Camera

Details for booking

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