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Furniture Design - Beginners Summer School

Furniture Design - Beginners Summer School

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rock Galpin


An intensive 3 week course combining conceptual and practical skills in furniture design and model making. Working both in a studio and workshop, you will learn how to research and how to apply your findings in order to define your design directions. You will make extensive use of drawing, sketching and sketch model making in order to refine your ideas. The outcome will be your final scaled model.  

The course will also give you a comprehensive overview of current professional furniture design practices. You will also get a useful insight into some practical aspects of design such as batch production, technical restraint and ergonomics. Plus, you will be able to make extensive use of Central Saint Martins' workshops with the support of specialist skilled technicians.

Topics covered

  • originating new ideas and developing concepts in 2D and 3D
  • model making, drawing and sketching
  • experimenting with wood, wire, metal and plastics
  • creating mock ups
  • testing your ideas in scale and 1:1
  • producing scaled models 

Who should take this course?

  • Those with an interest in furniture design who wish to explore the subject for the first time.
  • Graduate and practicing designers wishing to focus on this area in more depth.
  • Students wishing to start building a portfolio for future study in product design.

This course offers you a perfect balance between design conceptualisation and practical skills that will transform your ideas and concepts into three dimensional reality.   

Level: All levels of experience are welcome, although it is better suited to the beginner rather than the practicing product/furniture designer.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Online short courses

Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

Furniture Design For Beginners (Online Short Course)

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Tutor Description

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 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

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