DSGN09005 2013 Design Studies 3 Contemporary Furniture Design

General Details

Full Title
Design Studies 3 Contemporary Furniture Design
Transcript Title
Contemporary Furniture Design
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Subject Area
DSGN - Design
CENG - Civil Eng. and Construction
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2013 - Full Academic Year 2013-14
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Bernadette Donohoe, Kevin Savage, Maeliosa O'Brien, Rowan Watson, Emmet O'Doherty, Cliona Brady, Peter Scanlon, Michael Roulston
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_M09 201100 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture SG_DINTE_M09 201300 Master of Arts in Interior Architecture

Design Studies 2 offers students a choice between four focus streams- A) Contemporary Furniture Design. The streams is a specialist area delivered by experts from other departments.  This stream allows students to explore relevant subject areas to a high level through the discussion and evaluation of issues relating to both theory and practice. Students are required to develop their Masters Studio design projects to respond to the material covered in their chosen stream.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


A systematic understanding and critical awareness of the historical and theoretical contexts for, and influences on, cutting edge contemporary architecture with fresh insights (1)


Systematic understanding of the interrelationship between architecture and craft/energy with particular reference to the forefront of the field (3)

Indicative Syllabus

Focus Stream C- Contemporary Furniture Design

The module  is intended to develop students ability to combine design ideas with skills of making and construction. It is intended to develop students ability to think clearly and rationally about the design and manufacturing process. Using leading production techniques and practices coupled with a broad choice of materials students will be required to fabricate and prototype original ideas which will result in proposals for bespoke, batch or mass produced contemporary objects. A series of lectures will cover the following areas;

  • Carpentry

Timber frame structures, Timber roof framing, Timber connecters, Outdoor structures

  • Joinery

Internal free standing joinery pieces, Internal Joinery (doors, wall Panelling, linings, finishing’s), Stair design and manufacture, Bar construction

  • Furniture Making

Chair making, Table making, Church furniture, Library furniture, Bar furniture

  • Cabinet Making

Display case construction, Bookcase construction, Veneering, Forming curves in timber

  • Modern Cabinetry

Kitchen Carcass manufacture, Wardrobe manufacture, Storage solutions, Using sheet materials in manufacturing , Fittings and fixings

  • Specialised Techniques

Traditional woodworking Joints, Modern woodworking joints, Marquetry, Parquetry, Wood carving

Manufacturing Techniques

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
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Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Project All three Streams Continuous Assessment UNKNOWN 100 % OnGoing 1,2

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Problem Based Learning Studio Design Studio 2 Weekly 2.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Design Studio 5 Weekly 5.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Baker, G. (1996) Design Strategies in Architecture: An Approach to the Analysis of Form,  E & FN Spon, London

Brooker & Stone, (2004) Rereadings: Interior Architecture And The Design Principles Of Remodelling Existing Buildings, RIBA Enterprises, London

Canizaro, V. (ed.) (2007) Architectural Regionalism: Collected Writings on Place, Identity, Modernity and Tradition, Princeton Architectural Press, New York

Cooper, P. (2003) Interiorscapes: Gardens within Buildings, Mitchell Beazley, London

Gigli et al. (2007) Thinking Inside the Box, Middlesex University Press, London

Rendell et al. (2007) Critical Architecture, Routledge, London

Seamon, D. & Mugerauer, R. (1985) Dwelling, Place and Environment: Towards a phenomenology of a person and world,  Columbia University Press, New York

Sparke, P. et al. (2009) Designing the Modern Interior: From the Victorians to Today, Berg, London

Schittich, C. (ed) (2008) Interior Surfaces and Materials: Aesthetics, Technology, Implementation, Birkhauser, Basel

Ballard  Bell, V., Rand, P., (2008), Materials for Architectural Design, Laurence King Publishing.

Weston, R.,(2003), Materials, Form And Architecture, Laurence King Publishing.

Other Resources


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