Furniture impacts our immediate living environment breathing life and function into empty spaces.
Objects around us become extensions of our bodies and directly affect the quality of life. Through sensitive design, furniture can cater to a variety of human needs such as those of the elderly, children, and the differently abled.
History of Furniture Design Course
A furniture design history class illustrates the social, cultural, technological and economic influences that have affected the industry. Many courses start with ancient designs and ultimately discuss the Industrial Revolution's impact on the design of furniture.
Contemporary Furniture Design Course
The student learns the principles of modern furniture development. Classes discuss the evolution of modern design and how it applies to current trends. Some topics covered are form and function.
This course is concerned with developing the creative professional practice, technological knowledge and theoretical understanding necessary for careers in product and furniture design. Strong emphasis is placed on gaining and developing skills in the creative, intelligent and sustainable application of current and emerging materials, technologies and processes.
We will review the history of furniture making in America with a visit to the Decorative Arts Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and have Cambridge artist/craftsman Mitch Ryerson show us his work and talk about design process. Students will learn traditional woodworking techniques beginning with the use of hand tools, power tools and finally woodworking machines.