Understanding that the traditional builder focused on proportional design instead of measurement isn’t helpful to the modern designer if we can’t see how he did it. In this post, we will do just that. Proportion has three primary objectives: to create symmetry, contrast, and punctuation. Designers create symmetry in the horizontal: right-to-left. Symmetry’s purpose is … Read moreThe Fundamentals of Furniture Design: Proportion Part 2
Prior to the Industrial Revolution, furniture design and creation were intimately connected. Furniture makers used whole number proportions to create harmony between their work, nature, and the human form. Like a symphony, proportion created balance between the micro and the macro. Unfortunately, the Industrial Revolution shifted priorities. As machines replaced our hands and eyes, measurements … Read moreThe Fundamentals of Furniture Design: Proportion Part 1
What you keep in your furniture design toolkit is a personal choice. I intend to give you tools that can expand your design experience; not tell you which ones to use or how. There are two distinct approaches to design: digital and analog. You can use either effectively. You can do as I do, and … Read moreThe Fundamentals of Furniture Design: The Furniture Design Toolkit
Good designs are often beautiful but, design is so much more than that. A well designed piece of furniture is not only beautiful, it is also functional. It serves a purpose and serves it well. The best designs are unique and establish style. In this post, we will look at the elements of good design … Read moreFundamentals of Furniture Design: What is Good Design?
Over the next weeks, I will write a multi-part series on the fundamentals of furniture design. This subject is new to me, but I have done my research. Think of it not as instruction, but more as an open discussion. I believe there is a lot we can all learn along the way. Besides, who … Read moreFundamentals of Furniture Design: Series Introduction
I recently began to delve into the design aspect of my woodworking journey. Ultimately, the goal is to create some general rules to live by, and develop an aesthetic that I find pleasing. While I prefer modern design, I lean towards hand tool construction. While this isn’t a common approach, I hope that this will … Read moreDesign and Inspiration