Furniture, Form and Function


Designing and manufacturing furniture requires both an appreciation of aesthetics and a knowledge of Ergonomics. This course introduces students to the design and development of furniture which meets both aspects. Also a historical study of great furniture designers will be conducted.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Studied the design concepts of a range of famous furniture designers;

2. Designed a piece of furniture to conform to the aesthetics principles of a defined theme;

3. Design a piece of furniture to conform to ergonomic principles;

4. Project planned the development of a piece of furniture;

5. Reflect on the process of design and development of their furniture project;

6. Document the development and production of the piece of furniture identifying conformity to the principles of ergonomics and providing rationale for critical decision making;

7. Develop working drawing which conform to appropriate standards.


The Course will cover the following topics:

  • History of furniture design
  • Ergonomic principles and Ergonomic issues associated with furniture design and production
  • Furniture Design Principles
  • Project planning and documentation

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): IDEA2460. Students who have successfully completed IDEA2460 are not eligible to enrol in ARBE2500.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic Workshop practices and risk management.

Assessment Items

Presentation: Proposal Presentation

Project: Production Drawings & Model

Project: Prototype & Prezi

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term