What is a Furniture Designer?
Furniture is usually the term used to describe ‘movable objects’ one finds in a house, home or office environment.
The job of a Furniture Designer is to design and create new pieces of furniture by using parts of industrial design. These products are either sold as individual custom-made pieces or can be made in larger quantities in a factory. Mass produced furniture is usually sold in furniture chain stores.
Here are a few examples of furniture:
- Bedroom: (beds, headboards, side tables, chairs, bookcases, cupboards, etc)
- Lounge & Diningroom: (chairs, tables couches, coffee tables, lamps etc)
- Office: (desks, chairs, conference tables, shelves, storage spaces etc)
Furniture can be functional, decorative (like pieces of art) or both.
Materials that a Furniture Designer may use:
- Metal etc, or a combination
Some Furniture designers who work for themselves may create one-of-a-kind pieces while others, who work in furniture manufacturing companies, will design pieces for mass production.
What does a Furniture Designer do?
- researches through magazines and the internet for what’s trending and various style designs
- creates new concepts and designs
- chooses the right materials for the job
- meets with the client/manufacturer to discuss requirements
- sketches preliminary drawings
- quotes on the job
- makes final drawings either by hand or by using cad (computer-aided design) programmes
- crafts the piece of furniture by hand or using various tools
- keep up to date with skills and furniture fashion
- attends furniture shows and training sessions
- if a freelancer – markets their own business
Are you … ?
- good with your hands?
- a person who can think in 3d?
- interested in interior design?
- quality driven?
- willing to work unusual hours?
- able to deal with difficult clients?
How do I become a Furniture Designer?
There are not a lot of places that offer just Furniture Design. It’s usually part of another course.
Furniture Designers can start their furniture-making-skills-learning at school by taking woodwork and/or metalwork. This will give them a base to work from. From here, they can either study Industrial Design, Interior Design, Carpentry etc to add to their skill-set.
- COLLEGE OF CAPE TOWN
Offers the following:
- National Certificate: Furniture-Making: Wood Level 2
- National Certificate: Furniture-Making: Wood Level 3
Is becoming a Furniture Designer the right career choice for me?