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I came across a book by Will Holman called Guerrilla Furniture Design (How to build lean, modern furniture with salvaged materials) two years ago. It stated four values which made a lot of sense to me and they are:

Guerilla furniture design : how to build lean, ...


ECONOMY: Each project is an exercise in material, visual, and fiscal efficiency, built from the by-products of the modern consumer industrial complex. A guerilla designer should maximize resources, minimize waste, and leverage available assets.

HONESTY: Materials bear a patina of time and marks made by the passage of human hands, thus communicating their history and potential. A guerilla designer should obtain material honestly and treat it respectfully, avoiding elaborate ornamentation or obscuring finishes.

BEAUTY: Beauty is, of course, subjective and elusive. However, if a design is spare, honest, and useful, it often ends up being beautiful by nature. The guerilla designer should develop coherence of form, color, craftsmanship, and conceptual idea.

6. Lay one trestle on the ground. Begin building up the tabletop by applying an even coatof glue to a strip of wood and fasten it onto the trestle with 2 " screws so the top of the strip is flush with the top of the trestle. Continue in this fashion, building up strips of wood with glue and screws. As you build up the strips, use a straightedge to check that the top surface is remaining flush, flat, and square to the broad face of the trestles. The intent of this design is to make a large table out of otherwise wasted small scraps, so feel free to piece together tiny bits; just make sure that each layer is made of a consistent thickness of wood, and that the seams are well-glued and lapped from layer to layer. Around the legs, miter the ends of the strips to match the angle of the 2x6s, locking the legs into the tabletop. Stop when you have built up about 3" of strips on one side of each trestle.

April 15, 2015In his first book, designer and architect Holman introduces 31 different projects, all using salvaged or recycled materials. These designs are thoughtful and each arrangement is neatly organized with a list of materials and tools. While some of the designs are simplistic, construction is not necessarily easy. Projects cover seating, storage, lighting, and tables. Some standouts include a beautiful scrap wood table, a quirky pendant light made of medicine bottles, and a wheelbarrow chair. Other pieces are a bit rough, such as the bracket chair and storage with milk crates. Of particular value are recommendations for finding workspace for furniture building, speaking directly to the apartment or small rental dwellers. VERDICT College students or young professionals with limited income and space will find this handbook appealing. It pairs well with Philip Schmidt's PlyDesign and Christopher Stuart's DIY Furniture. Holman's mix of projects and grounded advice will definitely inspire.

Plan and Improve Designs Furniture designers are tasked with researching and planning a variety of furniture design styles. They may have to discuss designs with clients who desire custom orders or meet with manufacturers. They may also have to improve upon furniture designs that are already being manufactured with the use of computer-aided design and hard prototypes.

Choose Materials The process of selecting suitable materials - namely woods, plastics, textiles, and metals - is also a common task assigned to furniture designers. Due to their input on the design process, they are the best person to choose the optimal materials for a particular design.

Consult with Team Members Unless a furniture designer is self-employed and works on a small scale, they will have to consult with other craftsmen or production members, such as marketing staff or design engineers.

  • Follow Design Trends Attending industry-related trainings - such as webinars, seminars, and workshops - is essential to staying up to date, as is attending various furnishing shows and exhibitions. Furniture Designer Skills and Qualifications Furniture designers must be deadline-driven so that the pieces they design are created on schedule. Employers also seek applicants with these abilities: Drawing and design skills - although computer-aided design is available, these professionals need to have a knack for drawing and designing by hand

  • Manual dexterity - manual dexterity is especially important for furniture designers who are also involved in building the product, especially when using hand tools or performing fine detail work

  • Knowledge of market trends - because furniture designers are responsible for creating designs, a solid knowledge of market trends is necessary

  • Interpersonal skills - furniture designers may have to consult with customers or design and production team members about various issues related to the design and manufacturing process

  • Creativity - some furniture designers are called upon to create custom designs or revamp current designs, so creativity is key

Furniture Designer Education and Training Various schools offer training and certification in furniture design, and a few offer degrees in the field. Prospective students can choose from a bachelor's or master's degree in fine arts with a concentration in furniture design. Classes typically include instruction in drawing, designing 2D and 3D models, using color and graphics, and creating prototypes with materials. Furniture Designer Salary and Outlook PayScale lists the median annual salary for furniture designers as $50,085, with a median hourly wage of $24.08. A furniture designer in the 10th percentile earns approximately $35,866 a year, while the highest paid in the field make $81,573 a year. Helpful Resources To decide if becoming a furniture designer is the right move for you, research is key. To help, we've provided some of the best industry resources below:

American Society of Furniture Designers - ASFD promotes the furniture designing profession. The society accomplishes its goal through a variety of networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for student and professional designers who work, or aspire to work, in the residential or contract furnishing industries

Furniture Design - written by Jim Postell, this expanded and updated second edition offers information and illustrations related to the craft and practice of furniture design. The volume also includes 25 case studies of furniture design, including recent designs from the last 10 years

Guerilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials - author Will Holman presents 35 easy, cost-conscious, and environmentally friendly projects for people who are interested in learning how to build unique, stylish, and functional furniture and accessory pieces from salvaged materials

Mid-Century Modern Furniture: Shop Drawings & Techniques for Making 29 Projects - written by Michael Crow, this guide offers a historical perspective on the evolution of mid-century modern furniture styles with examples from famous designers. It also includes over 100 drawings and details for projects, practical advice, and instructions for two step-by-step projects Create your own professional resume in just minutes. Try our resume builder today

This page-turner goes through history, style, and design of furniture from antiquity to the present day. This has been elaborated with more than six hundred illustrations including photographs and drawings of furniture and also looks at its link with fine arts and architecture. In the book, the author discusses the Western tradition and the outside influences of China, Japan, India, Egypt, and Africa in furniture design. It is a good study of the 2,000-year tradition of furniture.

This book, which was written by a woodworker for other woodworkers, will show readers how to turn outstanding designs from their thoughts into workable drawings. It looks at designs of unique furniture that are sturdy, lovely, and proportionate. You will also come across details on how to develop a design philosophy, how to use size, shape, and style, and how to choose appropriate materials and tools in each design, and more.

It features 35 simple yet stylish projects that can be made from upcycled and salvaged materials like cardboard, metal, plastic, and wood. These include tables, chairs, lamps, and more, in varied styles. Some of these are cardboard cantilever chair, a license plate bowl, and a conduit coatrack. Stackable and easily portable, many of these can be made during the weekend, and include instructions for disassembly and disposal. If you are a person who would rather make furniture than buy, then these low-budget yet high-on-style designs are perfect.

This book is an encyclopedic overview of history of modern furniture design. Over 1,700 objects by more than 500 designers and 121 manufacturers, and approximately 2,800 images, varying from elaborate object photographs to historical images documenting interiors, and related works of art and architecture are shown here. Designs spanning 230 years and key periods in design history, including early 19th century industrial furniture in bentwood and metal, Art Nouveau and Secessionist pieces, and the best of classical modernism and postwar design, and postmodern and contemporary pieces, have been mentioned here. 041b061a72


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