Furniture (or any designed object) in a given style is distinguished by particular characteristics of line, structure, materials,
and ‘feel’ typical of that style. Use your own reference material to develop those characteristics, which describe the particular style you want to infuse into your project.
The design process begins with brainstorming: rough concept sketches and ideas, proceeding to develop and become clarified
through more refined sketches, scale drawings, mock – ups, etc., culminating with a final design presentation, working drawings, and cutting list to execute your project.
Size: Table: small end table or coffee table size.
Screen: 6 ft. in height max, width proportional to height. Note: We must keep things to a manageable
scale as our shop is small, and you must finish this project within 7 weeks. In our time frame smaller is
Materials: Wood, metal, glass, fabric, paper, etc.
Style: Your choice. This may or may not be a furniture style.
Finish: Whatever is appropriate for you particular project – oil, lacquer, shellac, varnish, paint, or unfinished if
Joinery: Structurally sound; no joint you can’t execute (doweling and biscuit joinery are commonly used in this
Work at home? Most construction should be done in BCC shop. You may also work at home to keep the project going.
(ex: sanding). Finish work (painting, oiling, etc.) is best done at home in a cleaner environment.
Evaluation: Design Process: - consistency with style source.
-working drawings, and mock – ups (if applicable).
-overall strength and execution of project.
Requirements to begin: -Concept Presentation Drawing and /or mock – up, etc.
-Full scale working drawings (shop drawings).
When to Begin: NOW. Thru the course of the lectures, sketching, slides, etc. you will get ideas and concepts.
Think about what is you, in terms of styles, materials, personal tastes, etc. One of the most
important keys to becoming a successful designer is to do things that are in your nature, and not
foreign to you as a person. Brainstorm by researching and loosely sketching ideas that come to
your mind. The ideas will come.