Furniture design

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John Wiley & Sons, Aug 3, 2007 - Architecture - 366 pages
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From history to theory to technology: a comprehensive survey of furniture design.

Designing furniture is both an art and a science that draws upon a broad range of knowledge and disciplines. It is helpful for today's furniture designers to have a working knowledge of furniture history, technology, aesthetics, the human body, architectural production, interior design, industrial design, and art. Furniture Design is a comprehensive survey that guides the reader through the essential facets of design and more.

The book explores:

  • Fundamental ideas of function and social use.
  • Form, spatial organization, and typological orders.
  • Structural integrity and composition.
  • The design process.
  • Materials and fabrication processes.
  • Marketing and professional practice.
  • A historical overview of furniture design up to the twenty-first century.

A highlight of the book includes case studies of twenty-one furniture designs presenting a broad selection of works, designers, design processes, and fabrication techniques in one chapter. The book also features a glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography. In short, here is a one-stop resource about furniture design that designers will turn to regularly for the advice, guidance, and information needed to perform their craft.

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One of the better furniture design books I have come across. It has a good section on history. It describes the design process well and gives ample examples and case studies of famous pieces. If you are looking to buy an up-to-date book on furniture design, look no further.


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Jim Postell is an Associate Professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He has taught design studio and seminar courses for twenty-three years and maintains an active design practice.

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