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By James Christopher Postell

The complete consultant to furnishings layout— multiplied and updated

Furniture designers draw on more than a few wisdom and disciplines to create their paintings. From heritage to idea to know-how, Furniture Design deals a entire survey of the basic craft- and practice-related points of furnishings design.

Generously illustrated with pictures and drawings—including a brand new colour section—this Second Edition positive factors up to date insurance of fabric standards, eco-friendly layout, electronic layout, and fabrication applied sciences. It additionally good points twenty-five case reports of furnishings layout that signify a wide number of works, designers, and methods, together with fresh designs produced in the final decade.

The booklet explores:

  • Furniture functionality and social use
  • Form, spatial association, and typological orders
  • Structural integrity and composition
  • Accessibility, common layout, human elements, and ergonomics
  • The layout strategy, from schematics via fabrication
  • Materials, techniques, and strategies of fabrication
  • Professional perform and marketing
  • The background of furnishings layout, from prehistory to the electronic age

Complete with a thesaurus of phrases and a entire bibliography, Furniture layout, moment Edition is a one-stop source that furnishings designers will flip to frequently for the recommendation, information, and knowledge had to practice their craft.

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The terms movable and equipment are used to describe furniture in the following sources: Webster’s Illustrated Contemporary Dictionary (Encyclopedic edition, J. G. com. 2. The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, revised edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003). 3. The organization of furniture using typological categories is a common approach. Edward Lucie-Smith, in Furniture: A Concise History (London: Thames and Hudson, 1993), outlines four headings, “the first of which responds to the idea of function stating one can sit on a piece of furniture (stools, benches, and chairs); or else one puts things on it (tables and stands); sleeps or reclines on it (beds and couches); or uses it for storage (chests and wardrobes)” (p.

The left side of the brain processes information in a linear manner, working from part to whole relationships. It takes pieces of information and organizes them in a logical order, then it draws conclusions. The left-brain person would enjoy making schedules and planning the fabrication of furniture. The right side of the brain, however, processes from whole to parts, holistically. It starts with the big picture, not with specific details. The right-brain person wants to see, feel, or touch furniture.

Photography by Jim Postell, 2011. Industrial design is a relatively young discipline with mass production and mass customization as its primary focus and disciplinary theme. Furniture design provides opportunity for exercising these core values and, therefore, finds itself aligned with the discipline of industrial design. Digital fabrication techniques, workmanship, assembly processes, and packaging are important to both industrial design and furniture production because of the shared dependence each discipline has with mass production and mass customization.

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