Synopses & Reviews
The comprehensive guide to furniture design expanded and updated
Furniture designers draw on a range of knowledge and disciplines to create their work. From history to theory to technology, Furniture Design offers a comprehensive survey of the essential craft- and practice-related aspects of furniture design.
Generously illustrated with photographs and drawingsincluding a new color sectionthis Second Edition features updated coverage of material specifications, green design, digital design, and fabrication technologies. It also features twenty-five case studies of furniture design that represent a broad selection of works, designers, and techniques, including recent designs produced within the last decade.
The book explores:
- Furniture function and social use
- Form, spatial organization, and typological orders
- Structural integrity and composition
- Accessibility, universal design, human factors, and ergonomics
- The design process, from schematics through fabrication
- Materials, processes, and methods of fabrication
- Professional practice and marketing
- The history of furniture design, from prehistory to the digital age
Complete with a glossary of terms and a comprehensive bibliography, Furniture Design, Second Edition is a one-stop resource that furniture designers will turn to regularly for the advice, guidance, and information needed to perform their craft.
A new edition of the most comprehensive book on the craft and business of furniture design, this essential studio companion covers history, theory, human factors and ergonomics, materials, tools and methods of fabrication, and professional practice issues. New and expanded coverage includes green design, materials and fabrication techniques, and digital fabrication. Featuring numerous photographs, drawings, and a new color section as well as 30 case studies of historical and contemporary works, Furniture Design is a must-have for the bookshelf of every furniture designer and aspiring professional.
About the Author
JIM POSTELL is Professor in the College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati. He has taught design studio and seminar courses for thirty years and maintains an active design practice. He is the coauthor of Materiality and Interior Construction.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Introduction to Furniture Design
Chapter 2. Function and Social Use
Chapter 3. Form, Spatial Organizations, and Typological Orders
Chapter 4. Furniture Case Studies
Chapter 5. Furniture Design Theory
Chapter 6. Design
Chapter 7. Materials
Chapter 8. Processes and Methods of Fabrication
Chapter 9. Professional Practice and Marketing
Chapter 10. Historical Overview