Furniture Design I

Winter 2017 quarter

Taught by

Furniture design I is a course in the preparation and construction of a piece of furniture of the student’s original design. Students enrolling in this course must have successfully completed Introduction to Woodworking or have significant prior experience in joinery and fabrication in wood, and the instructor’s authorization. In Furniture Design I, students will be introduced to furniture design from an historical perspective. Emphasis will be placed on the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, noting the progression and the enduring qualities of philosophy, design concepts and fabrication methodologies. Our study will focus on designers and makers from the Arts and Crafts movement, the International Style, Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, Craft Revival, and artisan furniture makers of the Pacific Northwest. Students will develop original designs through engaging in the design process; consultation with the instructor and their design team members, defining design parameters, sketching design ideas, critiquing design options among the design teams, producing scale drawings, cut lists and fabrication sequences; and production of a scale model of their final design.

Program Details

Fields of Study

art history visual arts

Preparatory For

Artisan furniture design and fabrication.


Winter Signature

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tuesday evenings 5:30 to 9:30p. First meeting is Tuesday, January 10, 5:30p, in Art Annex 0111.

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$35 to cover expenses for model making materials.