COURSE INTRODUCTION AND APPLICATION INFORMATION


Course Name
Construction and Details for Furniture Design
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
PD 315
Fall/Spring
2
2
3
4
Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Elective
Course Level
First Cycle
Mode of Delivery -
Teaching Methods and Techniques of the Course
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s) -
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course introduces materials and techniques commonly used in furniture industry and making furniture in small workshops. The aim is to give an in depth knowledge of the field of furniture construction and of the important interplay between user, space and product in a contemporary and future context. Provides students with a broad conception of modern furniture manufacturing and problems connected with various types of techniques. Very important aspects of the course is to encourage the students to be able to build and self-produce and promote their project and them as freelance designers.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • Student will be able to analyze the basic steps of the production process such as machines, installation procedures and equipment.
  • Student will be able to evaluate the contributions of construction material and methods to design process and alternatives.
  • Student will be able to decide the most convenient fixtures, details and equipment for furniture.
  • Student will be able to apply the initial sketches, construction and detail drawings.
  • Student will be able to realize the basic tools, technical and industrial machine applications in the production process.
  • Student will be able to predict the possibilities in mass or limited production throughout the process.
  • Student will be able to apply new and advanced materials and technologies.
Course Description The course includes seminars, lectures, and practice will be emphasized throughout the course in order for the students to develop their capacity about correct construction and detail needs furniture design. The course will be structured around a number of themes linked to furniture design and making. The students will also explore furniture design from a number of different perspectives, the history of the field, industrial production and sustainable development.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
X
Media and Managment Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Required Materials
1 Syllabuss overiew: introduction, attendance and time keeping. Handout and discussion None
2 Preliminary Research + Case Study assignment Readings assigned by the instructor
3 Class brainstorming and collection frame definition Models, mock ups and prototypes, sketches Readings assigned by the instructor
4 Basic principles of Furniture design, ergonomics, common joinery and fabrication techniques and material skills Reading material for Furniture design, ergonomics, common joinery and fabrication techniques and material
5 Introduction to wood construction. Wood, woodlike materials and wood frames and structures, advanced crafting techniques. Research on case study
6 Field Trip 1 wood warehouses Research on wood types
7 Prototypes Crafting Research on case study
8 Mid Term Review None
9 Prototype Crafting Research on materials, fixtures and construction
10 Prototype Crafting Research on case study
11 Prototype Crafting None
12 Treatment of material surfaces and understanding of wood finishing Research on treatment of material surfaces
13 Prototype Crafting Research on case study
14 Final Piece Production Research on case study
15 General discussion of overall Semester Homework 6 Preparation and specific reading for General discussion
16 Final Exam None
Course Notes/Textbooks Bent Ply Furniture, Dung Ngo, Eric Pfeiffer; Mastering Machines, Dark Duginske; Tage Frid Teaches, Joinery, Shaping, Veneering and Finishing; Designs in wood, Paul Bridge, Austin Crossland; Transmaterial, Transmaterial 2, Transmaterial 3, Blaine Brownell; Material Connexion, George M. Beylerian; Materials for Inspirational Design, Chris Lefteri; Furniture design and woodworking Building Chairs, TIME Life Boks; Understanding Finishing Furniture, Bob FlexnerTurning materials, Woodturning and Metal milling, Dale L. Nish
Suggested Readings/Materials Magazines, Journals, ebooks

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
6
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterm
1
20
Final Exam
1
50
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
80
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
20
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
4
64
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
0
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Portfolio
Homework / Assignments
6
3
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
10
Final Exams
1
18
    Total
110

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to equipped with theoretical and practical knowledge of industrial design, and to apply it to a variety of products, services and systems from conventional industries to urban scale with innovative and sustainable approaches

X
2

To be able to communicate design concepts and proposals for solutions, which are supported with quantitative and qualitative data, to specialists and non-specialists through visual, written, and oral means

X
3

To be able to equipped with the related theoretical and methodological knowledge of engineering, management, and visual communication that is required for interdisciplinary characteristic of industrial design; and to collaborate with other disciplines, organizations, or companies

X
4

To be able to equipped with the knowledge of history and theory of design, arts and crafts; and culture of industrial design

5

To be able to equipped with social, cultural, economic, environmental, legal, scientific and ethical values in the accumulation, interpretation and/or application of disciplinary information and to employ these values regarding different needs

X
6

To be able to develop contemporary approaches individually and as a team member to solve today’s problems in the practice of industrial design

7

To be able to define design problems within their contexts and circumstances, and to propose solutions for them within the discipline of industrial design considering materials, production technologies and ergonomics

X
8

To be able to use digital information and communication technologies, physical model making techniques and machinery, at an adequate level to the discipline of industrial design

X
9

To be able to employ design research and methods within the theory and practice of industrial design

X
10

To be able to recognize the need and importance of a personal lifelong learning attitude towards their chosen specialization area within the industrial design field

X
11

To be able to collect data in the areas of industrial design and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1)

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise

X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest