Furniture Design

DDD30004 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • 1 Semester

Contact hours

  • 36 Hours per Semester


DID10003 Product CAD: 3D Modelling
OR DIA10003 CAD for Interior Architecture 1: 2D - 3D Modelling
OR DPD20001 Product CAD


Con Current Requisites
DID20002 Design for Manufacture 1: Materials and Processes
OR DIA20003 Interior Architecture Digital Documentation 1

Aims and objectives

This unit aims to explore the principals of furniture design and design methodologies associated with furniture manufacture. The unit will focus on the development of conceptual furniture for specific target markets and/or environments and will involve creative thinking, design for production, human factors and aesthetic design. It will provide students with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills required for the communication of design ideas using a variety of both physical and digital mediums and develop project management skills.
Students will gain knowledge of furniture design, ergonomics, component manufacture, furniture construction methodologies, material and process specification, prototyping, supplier interaction, time management and project planning.
After successfully completing this unit students should be able to:
1. Reflect on the work and influences of prominent furniture designers, and the impact of design movements and advances in materials and technology, on the evolution of furniture design and manufacture
2. Review market sectors and environments with a view to furniture innovation
3. Apply product design processes, ergonomics and human factors (in the context of practicality, comfort and usability) within the constraints of a design brief
4. Produce a furniture prototype using a range of design processes including sketching, production drawings (using established industry conventions e.g. AS1100CAD), fabrication and rapid prototyping
5. Evaluate the needs of the intended user, environment and market sector, and the constraints of material and manufacturing processes, for furniture manufacture against sustainable design criteria including a cradle-to-cradle philosophy.