Furniture

Intro to Furniture

Instructor: Christine Lee
SF / FURNT–100 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: none
June 1-19, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$25 lab fee payable at registration

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of woodworking and its application to furniture. Topics covered in detail include the care and use of hand tools, hand power tools, and larger woodworking machinery; fundamental techniques such as carving, shaping and finishing; joinery technology, construction processes and conventions; basic furniture design and wood technology. Processes are demonstrated and practiced through a series of "hands-on" projects. There is an emphasis on precision, the development of craft skills and the concept of physical as well as intellectual learning. It is also a great chance to make "real things" out of "real materials". Additional materials fee will be charged.

This course additionally offers an introduction to design prototyping and CAD fabrication with a tour of Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop on Wednesday, June 3rd. Guest critics from Creative Projects and the Artist in Residence Program at Pier 9 will be invited to participate as guest critics for the final critique on June 19, held in the Nave at CCA. (3 credits)

Due to the condensed nature of the course, students should plan to work in the lab on their own each weekend. A wood assistant will be available during studio access hours to assist enrolled students with their projects: Mon.-Fri., June 1-18, 3-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., June 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Christine Lee is a sculptor, furniture maker, and installation artist whose creative practice is characterized by an objective to reveal the latent potential of disregarded material.

Since receiving her MFA from San Diego State University in 2007, Lee has exhibited her work widely in group exhibitions across the U.S., been a visiting resident artist at multiple residencies, and worked as a studio assistant for new media artist Jim Campbell and woodworker Wendy Maruyama.

Lee has taught at ASU, California College of the Arts, Purchase College, and San Diego State University, and presented lectures and participated on panel discussions at the ASU Art Museum, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Yale University, Stanford University, Maine College of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.

Wood/Furniture Techniques: Soft

Instructors: Mary Little, Peter Wheeler
SF / FURNT–312 / 15 sessions
Prerequisite: none
July 27-August 14, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
$40 lab fee payable at registration

This studio focuses on contemporary upholstery techniques applicable to creating prototypes for large-scale production, producing editions, or making one-of-a-kind pieces.

Upholstery is not straightforward or simple, though the best pieces may look that way. The process is multi-skilled and multilayered. An understanding of the whole process is essential for a designer to accomplish his or her goals. In class, each student designs and constructs an ottoman for a particular interior and develops innovative design concepts appropriate to the context. During showroom visits, students learn about the technical construction of contemporary furniture and the selection of upholstery fabrics. Upon completion of the course, each student will have a well-made contemporary piece, a new skill set, knowledge of contemporary upholstery and exposure to a wealth of experience in European and North American furniture design.

The class is open to designers who want to learn or practice hands-on design skills as a method of design development. Students from majors such as Architecture, Fashion Design, Furniture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, and Textiles are welcome.

Due to the condensed nature of the course, students should plan to work in the lab on their own each weekend. A wood assistant will be available during studio access hours to assist enrolled students with their projects: Mon.–Fri., July 27-August 13, 4–6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., August 1& 2, 8 & 9, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (3 credits)

This course satisfies a Furniture requirement or a Studio Elective.

Mary Little and Peter Wheeler are partners in bius, originally established in London in 1997 and re-located to New Haven, Connecticut in 2005, they return to the Bay Area each summer to teach this upholstery design workshop. Formerly adjunct professors at CCA, they each have over 20 years experience in designing and producing unique, high-end furniture for the residential, corporate and public arts markets. The studio has recently begun to design innovative furniture for production. This spring they launch their latest collection of seating and tables, for the corporate market, at NeoCon, Chicago. Their furniture can be found in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; Vitra Design Museum, Basel; the Musée des arts décoratifs, Paris; and the Museo de las Artes Decorativas, Barcelona, among others.

Over the years bius has developed a unique expertise in upholstery derived from contemporary production techniques with an inspirational root in semi-soft artifacts from a breadth of cultures, such as ancient Eastern costume, medieval European headwear, and contemporary sportswear.