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.
Foreword by John Pile.
1. Introduction to Furniture Design.
2. Function and Social Use.
Classifications based on Function.
Sitting, Resting, and Sleeping.
Eating, Reading, Typing, and Writing.
Containing, Displaying, and Organizing.
Enclosing, Shaping, and Partitioning Space.
Classifications based on Social Use.
3. Form, Spatial Organization, and other Typological Orders.
Sectional / Modular.
Assemble / Disassemble.
Built-in / Stationary.
4. Furniture Case Studies.
700-400 B.C. Greek Klismos chair.
1750 French Rococo marquetry commode.
1754 Chippendale chair.
1859 Model No. 14.
1917-18 Red and Blue chair.
1922 Blocs screen.
1925 Wassily chair.
1928 Model Basculant B 301.
1932-33 Stools 60 / 65.
1950 Siege de Repos (Antony).
1950 Eames Storage Unit (ESU).
1951 Wire Side chair.
1968 Action Office.
1987 Ghost chair.
1991 Cross Check chair.
1993 Trinidad chair.
1994 Living Pods.
1995 Aeron chair.
2001 The Block.
2004 Jimmy's Buffet.
Lessons from the Furniture Case Studies.
5. Furniture Design Theory.
Firmitas, Utilitas, and Venustas.
Built-Form and Culture.
Continuity, Unity, and Variety.
Dynamism and Stasis.
Hierarchy and Emphasis.
Rhythm and Pattern.
Scale and Proportion.
Codes, Guidelines, and Standards.
Furniture Design Processes.
Conjecture / Analysis / Synthesis.
Sketching and Drawing.
Pre-Design and Programming.
Making Templates and Formwork.
Pricing and Contract Negotiation.
Materials from A to Z.
Adhesives and Glues.
Fabrics and Leather.
Paper and Cardboard.
Rubber and Elastomers.
Wood and Grasses.
Processes and Methods of Fabrication.
Preparing Shop Drawings and a Materials List.
Securing Equipment, Hardware, Labor, and Materials.
Carving, Cutting, Drilling, Folding, Milling, Nailing, Planing, Sewing, and Weaving.
Assembling and Gluing.
Joinery, Seaming, and Welding.
Etching, Grinding, Sanding, and Texturing.
Dyeing, Finishing, Painting, Plating, Sealing, Staining, and Surfacing.
Delivery and Installation.
Repairing, Refinishing, and Restoring.
Chronological Overview of Tools.
Technology: The Art and Science of Fabrication.
9. Professional Practice and Marketing.
Industry and Markets.
10. Historical Overview.
How Societies have Designed, Made, Used and Thought About Furniture Design.
6000 B.C. - 3500 B.C. The Earliest Cultures.
Old World Settlements.
3500 B.C. - 330 A.D. Antiquity.
Roman Republic, Early and Late Empire.
330 - 1452Feudal and Medieval Societies.
1452 -1851 The Rise of Europe.
17th and 18th century England.
The Colonies and an Emerging America.
Early Neoclassical Style.
1851-1945Workmanship of Risk / Certainty.
Industrial Revolution .
Craft and Design.
Arts and Crafts .
Modernism and the Machine Age.
Evolving Modernism - Rising Heroes.
21st CenturyThe Digital Age.
Computer Numerical Control Devices.
Digital and Biological Technologies.
Footnotes, Endnotes, and References.