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Model Making for Furniture Design Workshop

Model Making for Furniture Design Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rock Galpin


This intense making course offers you the opportunity to develop ideas, concepts and furniture designs in the 3D workshops with your tutor and trained expert technicians. 

The course is workshop based and will start with drawing and sketch model making skills in order to develop your creative ideas. You will then develop your designs further by exploring different materials and processes, scales, proportions, compositions and artistic options to focus in on your core final design. You will start to work in scale and where possible test proportions/principles at 1:1 scale before producing a final scaled presentation model of your designs. There is also an excellent materials library at your disposal, as reference.

Taken as a stand-alone course the program aims to aid applications for designer making, craft design and 3D design courses, or combined with Furniture Design for Beginners courses to develop an advanced level in furniture design to aid professional practice, or to lead on to a degree in the subject in Product or Furniture Design

Topics covered

  • Sketching
  • Sketch Model Making
  • Scaled Model Making
  • Making in wood, metals and plastics

Who should take this course?

Beginners to intermediate level. This course is suitable for those having already attended the Furniture Design for Beginners or Furniture Design course, the Furniture Design - Intensive course, and those wishing to further develop making and model making skills or beginners who simply wish to get their hands dirty with making. 

Level: All levels

Entry requirements

You will need to bring either your own concept to develop (typically described in sketches/pics and notes), or an existing design as the basis for design development and model making.

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 the following with you to the first session:

  • Sketch book and pencil/pens
  • Laptop could be useful if you have CAD skills or visualizing skills

Available dates

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