Furniture, Form and Function

Course code ARBE2500Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Architecture and Built Environment

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 an historical study of great furniture designers will be conducted.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesOn completion of the course the students will have:

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.
ContentThe 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)IDEA2460, 10 units
TransitionNo transition arrangements will be required, students will do the replacement course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBasic Workshop practices and risk management.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsCase Study
Self Directed Learning
Student Projects
Studio
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsHistorical study of furniture design
ProjectsA furniture design and develop project
Contact HoursStudio: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ARBE2500