This action packed, intense, modern studio and workshop 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 design qualifications or are practicing designers and wish to explore this specific area in more detail. This course offers an intense overview, insight and practice in key areas of professional furniture design practice of today. You will learn how to profile a client, develop drawing skills, originate new ideas and develop them in 2D and using 3D sketch model making skills, explore and investigate materials and making in the workshops, testing your ideas in scale and 1:1, and present your exciting final design in a 3D presentation model. You will learn how to successfully research, understand client needs and create design directions. How to originate ideas and develop these to concepts using drawing, sketching and sketch model making in the studio and wood, metals and plastics in the workshop, learning to explore, experiment and test with materials to develop your ideas, producing 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 hands-on opportunity to develop ideas from concept to three dimensional reality. This course is about experimentation 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 using the design process, less than a theory, or history based course, although reference is made to both.
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.
Sam Sheard graduated with 1st class hon in 3D Design from Leeds University, then went on to complete an MA in Furniture Design at CSM – achieving a high 2.1 pass mark, he now works as a technician at CSM, as well as running his own design practice which has lead to work with a broad range of clients, including; Chanel and Heals, with work being featured in publications such as Vogue and the Guardian. See Sam's website www.alsoadam.com
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 Range of pencils (2H,H,HB,B,2B) Range of fine pens (0.25, 0.75, 1.0 mm) A3 layout/marker pad Personal Notebook/sketchbook Double sided tape Craft knife/scalp French curve Set square Compass