INDES 150 History of Furniture • 5 Cr.
Surveys the main characteristics and motifs of Western furniture from antiquity to the 19th century. Students examine how people, social conditions, and technology influenced furniture design in each period. Class format includes illustrated lectures and discussions.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Identify different styles and periods of furniture from the past. For example, students would be able to create a resource book categorizing by style, pictures of historic furniture
- Identify the relationships of concurrent periods in France, England and comparative timeline of style.
- Use the following criteria to analyze how and why furniture took the form that it did in each historic period covered in the class:
- Methods of construction
- Materials used
- Characteristics of furniture
- Motifs used
- Innovations developed
- Significant historic or political events
- Significant cultural, social, religious, geographic, or architectural influences on furniture design and construction
- People that had significant influence on the design and development of historic furniture styles
- Function of furniture
- For example, students would be able to design a review chart that organizes and simplifies information about each style period into the above categories.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of vocabulary related to furniture anatomy, type, design and construction