Location: Current 629 Western Ave. Seattle 206.622.2433 or Ligne Roset 55 University St. Seattle
Sketch furniture of your choice. Line drawing and also indicate materials used in each piece.
DUE Subject: Period Furniture (antiques). Location: Your choice.
Concentrate on details – hardware, carving, connections/, joinery, etc. These are sketches of closes-up views.
DUE Subject: Studio Furniture and ‘Art’ Furniture.
Location: Northwest Fine Woodworking 101 S. Jackson St. Seattle 206.625.0542 .
Sketch furniture of your choice defining materials used, as well as some simple shade and shadow technique.
** Please use proper protocol when doing any outside sketching. Always introduce yourself and ask for permission to
sketch. Also try to stay out of the way so customers can move around easily.
In each of the first 4 weeks you will also be utilizing color sketch sessions to explore well-known 20th century furniture styles to give you design exposure to these styles as well as possibly giving you ideas to incorporate into your own project design. These will be freehand sketches using any medium you desire within an 8.5 x 11 format (typing paper or sketch pad). Colored
pencils, markers, watercolor, etc. it’s your choice. Turn in 1 sketch idea of a screen or table per each style due that particular week. There is no time limit on these sketches. Don’t kill yourself; just make them clean and nice with the object of expressing the major features of the particular style you are sketching. All sketches are to be your ideas. No copies permitted.
DUE Subject: Macintosh and Memphis.
Macintosh: geometric patterning/use of positive and negative space to reinforce that patterning/decorative
panels/painted black or white/strong vertical or horizontal emphasis both linear and curved.
Memphis: bright colors/bold patterns/often asymmetrical/eccentric/challenge to mainstream design/industrial
materials: p.lam, metal, paint, plastics.
DUE Subject: Craftsman (Arts and Crafts) and Shaker.
Craftsman: idealist/rejection of mass production/’honest’ craftsmanship/exposed joinery/simple, utilitarian/
Linear/local materials and craftspeople/oak, mahogany.
Shaker: linear but softened with lathe turned parts/practical, efficient, ultimately functional/light/simple,
unornamented/informal/maple, cherry, sometimes painted.
Art Nouveau: curvilinear, open/organic images inspired by nature/asymmetrical/labor intense with carving etc.
Art Deco: highly stylized, classical/ornamented/fine craftsmanship/bold forms/ polished, rare and exotic materials.
Chinese: conservative, traditional/classical lines/interlocking joinery/ornamented; carving and painting.
Japanese: understated/clean, simple lines/portable/fine joinery/hardware (tansu).
Korean: mix of Chinese (traditionally) and Japanese (more currently: tansus, etc
Egyptian: the earliest furniture/classical architectural forms mixed with animal forms (feet, etc.)/ornamented.
Scandinavian: modern, understated/clean, simple lines/fine craftsmanship/natural materials.