Furniture Design Course

Furniture Design Course
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The Furniture Design Course will teach you furniture design and furniture making skills. The course is based on skills developed and used in a fully functioning furniture making studio. Learn from an expert in furniture making and woodworking. Norman Pirollo, woodworker and furniture maker for over 25 years, has work featured and published in magazines and books.

In this course, furniture design is explored. Good design is essential in a quality furniture piece. Good design minimizes wasted resources and provides a furniture maker with essential feedback and pause when creating furniture. Loosely translated, the design process keeps a maker from rushing into a potentially flawed furniture design. The checks and balances give pause to the process as well as streamlining the build. Develop your own furniture style and aesthetic. Selecting the right woods for a furniture design is critical in determining the appeal of a furniture piece.

As with most woodworkers, I was anxious to build furniture early on. With passage of time and several furniture projects later, the anxiety of simply creating work had passed. It was far more important to create a well-designed, striking piece of furniture. So I delved into furniture design, studied with renown furniture makers, and used this knowledge to develop a furniture design process that works.

In the online furniture design course you will acquire skills necessary to design and create your own unique furniture. Learn to develop your own style of furniture and aesthetic. 

Course features video lectures on the following topics:

  • Furniture design overview, history of furniture design
  • Become familiar with furniture design process
  • Understand design process
  • Raise furniture designs to next level
  • How to select wood for a furniture design
  • Use mockups + prototypes to develop a furniture design
  • In-depth use of mockups to develop a furniture design
  • Create a furniture style for your furniture designs
  • Selecting a furniture style and aesthetic
  • Developing a furniture design
  • Getting proportions right in a furniture design
  • Using the dynamic design process in a furniture design
  • Use maquettes and prototypes in a furniture design
  • Use templates and CAD when designing your furniture
  • Wood selection, drawing, mockups, prototypes, CAD
  • Additional (2 hour) recorded lecture on Furniture Design
  • (2) video lectures on creating a niche & developing furniture to market

Norman has authored several books (New Art Press) and featured in publications.

  • Quiet Woodworking: In An Unquiet World (New Art Press)
  • Hand Tool Woodworking (New Art Press)
  • Start Woodworking (New Art Press)
  • Craftisian Interview (Norman Pirollo)
  • HackSpace Magazine – Make With Wood April 2020
  • Woodworking: From Design To Making (New Art Press)
  • Woodworking With Hand Tools 2018 (Fine Woodworking)
  • The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood (New Art Press)
  • From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey (New Art Press)
  • Start Your Own Woodworking Business (New Art Press)
  • Rooted: Contemporary Studio Furniture (Schiffer Publishing)
  • Canadian Woodworking Mag. Jan. 2015
  • Our Homes magazine Fall 2014
  • NICHE Magazine Winter 2013
  • FWW Magazine – 4 Bench Jigs for Handplanes
  • FWW Magazine – Essential Shopmade Jigs
  • Woodwork magazine (2008)
  • Wood Art Today 2 (Schiffer Books)
  • 500 Cabinets ( Lark Books)
  • Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers
  • Canadian Interiors Design Source Guide
  • Ottawa Life magazine (Profile, work) 2012
  • Panoram Italia magazine
  • Our Homes magazine (2011)
  • Craft Journal (2009)
  • Woodworker’s Journal (2006)
  • Lesson 1
    Introduction - Furniture Design
  • Lesson 2
    History of Furniture
  • Lesson 3
    Furniture Design Process
  • Lesson 4
    Furniture Design Overview
  • Lesson 5
    Selecting Wood
  • Lesson 6
    Design mockups
  • Lesson 7
    Mockups In-Depth
  • Lesson 8
    Design & Style
  • Lesson 9
    Style Selection
  • Lesson 10
    Developing a Design
  • Lesson 11
    Correct Proportions
  • Lesson 12
    Dynamic Design
  • Lesson 13
    Scale Models
  • Lesson 14
    Templates & CAD
  • Lesson 15
    Furniture Design Lecture
  • Lesson 16
    Developing a Product
  • Lesson 17
    Creating a Niche
  • Lesson 18
    Start Woodworking (eBook, 115 pgs.)