Profession furniture designer

Furniture designers work on items of furniture and related products. They design the product and are involved in its production as craftsmen and designers or makers. The conception of furniture combines innovative design, functional requirements and aesthetic appeal.

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Personality Type

  • Artistic / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

Skills

  • Develop design concept

    Research information to develop new ideas and concepts for the design of a specific production. Read scripts and consult directors and other production staff members, in order to develop design concepts and plan productions.

  • Design original furniture

    Master and develop industrial aesthetics through ongoing research of new shapes, adapted to the function of the objects the research deals with (domestic objects, urban furnitures, etc.).

  • Gather reference materials for artwork

    Gather samples of the materials you expect to use in the creation process, especially if the desired piece of art necessitates the intervention of qualified workers or specific production processes.

  • Attend design meetings

    Attend meetings to discuss the status of current projects and to be briefed on new projects.

  • Monitor exhibition designs

    Travel to galleries and museums to study displays and exhibitions.

  • Monitor textile manufacturing developments

    Keep up to date with recent developments in textile manufacturing and processing techniques and technologies.

  • Consult with design team

    Discuss the project and design concepts with the design team, finalise proposals and present these to stakeholders.

  • Transfer designs

    Transfer designs into specific materials.

  • Present detailed design proposals

    Prepare and present detailed design suggestions for a specific production to a mixed group of people, including technical, artistic and management staff.

  • Monitor sociological trends

    Identify and investigate sociological trends and movements in society.

  • Adapt to new design materials

    Without neglecting more traditional techniques and materials, monitor materials innovation such as new resin, plastic, paints, metals, etc. Develop ability to use them and include them in design projects.

  • Monitor art scene developments

    Monitor artistic events, trends, and other developments. Read recent art publications in order to develop ideas and to keep in touch with relevant art world activities.

Optional knowledge and skills

design materials for multimedia campaigns design props collaborate with a technical staff in artistic productions build props use specialised design software