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Furniture Design - Intermediate - Ideation to Design Development

Furniture Design - Intermediate - Ideation to Design Development

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rock Galpin


Have you already learned the basic skills of furniture design and have a few ideas that you would like to put into practice? Do you need help with converting your ideas into finished designs? This intermediate short course will help you expand and refine your design through creative thinking and experimentation.

Focusing on design development, you will take your own initial design concepts on a creative journey, investigating and testing your ideas and evaluating and refining your drawings. The outcome will be the a final sketch suitable for a presentation to a client.

Topics covered

You will need to bring to the course an idea for a furniture design that you wish to explore and experiment with. You will learn how to take your initial idea to the next level through stages, which will include:

  • concept development and evaluation
  • consideration of manufacturing processes and materials
  • initial sketch modelling
  • design development
  • final design presentation

This is an ideal course for those who want to take their design skills to the next level.

On completion of this course you can progress to the following more advanced programmes, all run by the same tutor, Rock Galpin.

Related courses

Furniture Design - Intermediate - Market Niche to Design Opportunity

Furniture Design - Intermediate  - Materials, Design Development and Model Making

Our Furniture Design Intermediate short courses may be taken individually, if you prefer to target just one specific area, or consecutively. They are designed to be a natural progression from our Furniture Design for Beginners.


Taken as a stand-alone, this course can support applications for further studies in design-related courses.

Combined with our other Furniture Design Intermediate short courses, it will give you a solid foundation for applying to a degree in product design

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge and skills in furniture design are required.

You should have completed either our Furniture Design or our Furniture Design for Beginners course before attempting an intermediate level.

Level: Intermediate

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

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:

  • Set square
  • Protractor (for measuring angles)
  • Compass.
  • Craft knife/scalpel
  • Double sided tape
  • Range of pencils (2H,H,HB,B,2B)
  • Range of drawing pens
  • A3 layout/marker pad
  • Notebook/sketchbook

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.