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Furniture Making

Andre Grewe makes websites for the School of Art & Design.

It's not easy to take an object as familiar and functional as a table or chair and turn it into something new and exciting - but this semester, students in John Baird's Furniture Making class did just that, creating usable and beautiful works of art & design.  

 

Baird's class had two major assignments.  For the midterm project, students were asked to create a piece of furniture using a 48x48" square of Medium Density Fiberboard and mechanical fasteners. 

 

 

L - R: Dylan Box works on his MDF chair;  Charles Samuels - MDF Table

 

For their more open-ended final projects, students designed and developed chairs, tables, cabinets, and other objects.  They were allowed to follow their interests in fabrication methods and materials, so the finished projects incorporated everything from cement to carbon fiber to fiberglass.

 

 

Penn Greene sketches and displays models.  Scale drawing and model making were emphasized in the class.

 

John Baird meticulously documented the process and the final furniture pieces – modular stools, guitar stands, a fabric filled hanging nest chair and much, much more.  Take a look: click the thumbnails below to view larger images.

 



COMMENTS

Super Cool! I love that each piece is unique and does not reflect one didactic point of view! Looks like an excellent course.

Posted by Mark Tucker on June 01, 2011

Furniture Making itself is a full fledged creative task. turning some furniture product into something NEW & Exciting really requires mastery. I liked the posts and the images.

Posted by Custom Furniture on November 03, 2011

So happy to know that furniture design is offered at UM Art&Design;! As a 1980 BFA graduate who went on to focus on the field, I feel that it's an important (and sometimes overlooked) area of study. Good work!

Posted by Kathleen Wills on January 12, 2012

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