University of Technology Sydney

88316 Furniture Context and Language

6cp; 3hpw (design studio)



This subject focuses on the broader more contextual issues of furniture design through an analysis of space and the environment, and related human behavioural issues. Through a review of key designers and their designs throughout history, an appreciation is gained towards the precedents of design and their significance in developing new directions. Cultural analysis is undertaken to understand the impact of the dynamic change in society and its impact on furniture design. The relationship of form, function, structure and aesthetics are explored in a series of exercises and projects. An understanding of ergonomics is imparted through lectures and the design of full-scale mock-ups of projects.

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Autumn session, City campus

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