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IDE4808 - Furniture design 3

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Art and Design

Leader: Selby Coxon


Not offered in 2007


This unit is a continuation of the previous unit Furniture Design 2. It seeks to develop a student's sophistication toward furniture concepts through a greater awareness of new materials and processes. In particular, students will have the opportunity to create full-size prototypes to evaluate how well their designs match up to particular technical and cultural requirements. Topics cover advanced aspects of ergonomics, production processes in a variety of materials and the aesthetic aspects of furniture. Studio project work is undertaken involving the development of a sophisticated piece of furniture design to meet particular technical and cultural requirements.


On successful completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. an understanding of a diversity of materials and processes for making furniture;
  2. an increased sophistication in ergonomic analysis;
  3. a greater understanding of constructional requirements and techniques;
  4. developed a furniture design concept and its details to meet demanding design requirements; and
  5. observed and employed occupational health and safety principles and rules appropriate to studio practice.


Minor project: 20%
Major project: 80%

Contact hours

12 hours per week including 4 taught hours and 8 hours of independent study.