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.
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.
Preface xiii Acknowledgments xv 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 Appendix Notes Glossary Bibliography Illustration Credits Index