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Peter Benz



VA2120 Furniture Design

One of my – and apparently also the students' – favourite studio courses in the BA (Hons) in Visual Arts

This studio course was as an elective in the BA (Hons) in Visual Arts programme of the Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU from 2007 to 2016.

Extract from the course syllabus:
“Furniture Design is one of the oldest design-disciplines, having a history of roughly 40 centuries, and making this area something like a classic in itself. However, contemporary Furniture Design can also simply be seen as an applied approach to contemporary sculpture. This remarkable ambivalence of the subject allows for a rather wide range of approaches, and makes it a great area for experimentation in concepts, designs, materials, or crafting.

This course intends to equip students with basic knowledge and skills to work with the complex mix of technical, functional and aesthetical characteristics that is furniture design. It familiarizes the students with historical and theoretical aspects of furniture design, various materials for furniture making and respective crafting skills. This knowledge shall then be applied to develop one piece of furniture from its very first idea-stage to a finished object, that complies to a given class assignment as well as to a contemporary design approach.”