Blogs listed here are specific to the Furniture Program curriculum and represent different courses:
Production 1 Furniture
When San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts recently wanted to create a more welcoming space for their public atrium area, they called on the Furniture Program at California’s College of the Arts. This led to the current Production 1 Furniture course in which students are researching and designing objects that will support the desires of YBCA.
For their final project, students will pitch to an assembled panel from the museum a series of products to enhance the public experience of the lobby space. YBCA decision makers will select which objects best suit their needs and will contract to have the items produced.
Students also have the invaluable support of Derek Chen of Council Design to help guide them through this process. Having the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals and having YBCA as an actual client will reveal the real-world design practices used in the field of furniture production today.
Atelier Studio Course
The Atelier Studio for the Furniture Program was taught by the 2010 Wornick Visiting Professor Scott Constable. Called "Studio Atelier: Micro-Expedition," the students and Scott collaboratively designed a water-borne expedition for the end of the semester.
Having just 14 weeks to make the boats, the group quickly and unanimously chose a body of water and agreed to approach the boat-building as a kind of production crew, with small teams assigned tasks related to making all of the components.
This studio course explored a range of manufacturing techniques and professional design practices. Furniture Program chair Russell Baldon with Justin Champaign of Coalesse Furniture, asked students to research, design, and manage a small-scale product run of library reading tables.
The final designs were critiqued by a panel of guest critics, including Derek Chen of Council Design and Otto Williams. Two pieces were chosen to be manufactured and donated to Oakland’s Lighthouse Community Charter School library.