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

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

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rock Galpin


If you've already done an introductory furniture design course and want to focus on improving your practical three dimensional work, or simply wish to get your hands dirty and develop your model making skills, this intermediate short course is the one for you.

We will start in the studio but most of the course will take place in the workshop. You will be supervised and guided by expert workshop technicians and develop your own 3D furniture designs by experimenting with a range of materials and making techniques.

You will practice how to work with card, board, wire, rod, mesh, foam, wood, metal and plastics. It is an opportunity for you to explore and develop your ideas, from initial experiments and 1:1 mock ups to tests and scaled models.

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


Combined with our other Furniture Design Intermediate short courses, this course 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
  • Pencils and pens (fine fibre tip)
  • 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.