Furniture Design

Furniture Design with Digital Media
A participative educational experiment of digital craftsmanship

Ioanna Symeonidou1
1Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly & MSc in Strategic Product
Design, School of Technology, International Hellenic University
1i.symeonidou@ihu.edu.gr

This paper by Ioanna Symeonidou discusses the methodology, educational process and design outcome of the studio course “Furniture Design with Digital Media: From Design To Production” which took place at International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki, Greece.

20 students and young professionals participated in the course working in teams to produce a series of models which would later develop into a full-scale furniture piece. The workshop aimed to offer an experiential learning opportunity, showcasing the entire digital workflow employed for furniture design, from design to production.

The design methodology employed digital design strategies, linked with material constraints, optimization and adaptation of the design for digital fabrication equipment. This educational experiment led to the production of a full-scale furniture prototype which was digitally fabricated and is currently on exhibit at the premises of the International Hellenic University in Thessaloniki.

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