Engage: Production Furniture
This studio will entail a thorough exploration of the wide range of manufacturing processes available to studio-based production. It will include but not be limited to metal fabrication, metal casting, metal spinning, CNC milling, laser cutting, water-jet cutting, fiberglass, vacuum forming, plywood molding, powder-coating, enameling, concrete casting, and ceramic and glass production. Students will design and implement small-scale product runs of furniture or functional objects using a variety of these techniques. Sponsorship from local manufacturers will allow an in depth exploration of a particular material and its associated manufacturing processes for the final project. Sustainable practices and ""smart design"" will underpin all of the work completed in the studio.
With the support of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBARDC), students will research, design and manage a small-scale product run of furniture for use at the California Hotel in Oakland. Final prototypes will be judged by the EBARDC and the best designs will be chosen to be manufactured for use in the lobby area of hotel. This will entail a thorough exploration of the wide range of outsourced manufacturing processes. Possible processes include metal fabrication, metal casting, metal spinning, CNC milling, laser cutting, water-jet cutting, fiberglass, vacuum forming, plywood molding, powder-coating, enameling, concrete casting, and ceramic and glass production. Working closely with outside production sources will reveal the real world design practices and allow an in depth exploration of a design and manufacturing process for the final project. Integral to pursuing our production objectives, collaboration and sub-contracting are a vital component to realize a complex project and leverage another's expertise. Considerations include design and production in a variety of media, visual and oral communication, pricing and budget estimation, and timelines. Specific objects will be designed and a selection realized using the studio as a 'center of operations'. The outcomes of the class are expected to be commercially viable and to form the basis of an ongoing entrepreneurial activity. A real product used in our local community is an integral part of this course.