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  1. 1. 1 DIS Architecture and Design Spring 2014 Furniture Design in Denmark Workshop Faculty: Lars Hansen Natalie Jeffers Course Assistant: Dani Hill Meeting Location: V7 - Basement Classroom Length of Course: 23 January - 20 March Meeting Time: M/Th 16:25-20:30 Course Description In this course, we take a modern and practical approach to the prototyping of new chair designs. Utilizing pre-formed veneer shells and chair components and standard chair bases, we will focus on designing readily—and realistically— producible furniture. Form and design inspiration will be crucial to developing a successful chair that is distinctive in an increasingly standardized industry. We will start with lectures detailing the social, political and practical developments behind the idea of ‘design mass-produced’ and develop chair designs within this ideology that are at once modern, unique, considered and resolved. In keeping with the New Nordic movement in design, we will repurpose and refresh existing typologies in a new light. This will include selecting color-ways for the chairs, and part of the final design will be a proposed color palette for production, including one color or pattern selected and applied to the students’ chairs for the final presentation. We will visit various manufacturers and producers of chairs and chair parts, and use elements from two major sources for the Danish furniture industry: shells and seat components from Midform (, and leg and base components from J.M. Rør ( Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in a professional school or department of architecture or design at the junior, senior, or graduate level. Prior experience with furniture design, stationary power tools, and hand tools is required. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis through the Architecture & Design department. Enrollment is limited due to restricted workshop space. Course Objectives • familiarize students with the history and philosophy of Danish furniture design • understand the significance of designing within industry parameters • understand and explore the collaboration between designers and manufacturers in Denmark • develop a 1:1 prototype of a chair for outdoor use • research color trends and apply a unique color concept to the chair 3 Credits
  2. 2. 2 DIS Architecture and Design Spring 2014 Furniture Design in Denmark Workshop Required Readings All readings must be completed before the class for which they are assigned. Readings can be found on DIS Forum (Blackboard) or on reserve in the Library. Approach to Teaching The time spent in the studio and workshop, refining the design and incorporating practical considerations and proportions are integral to our process. Designing furniture is not about a unique concept or perfect working drawing, and students will not simply be making a model of their designs, but making functional chairs. Outside of class, students are expected to continue to explore and expand their sources of inspiration, making sketches of furniture, architecture, plant life or patterns—all of which will contribute to an informed and successful design. A chair will be considered successful if its story and design development are compelling, it is comfortable and functional, and it makes creative use of the pre-formed materials provided. Expectations of Students As the students’ ability to articulate and communicate their process is an important objective, in-class contribution, reading, and independent studies, as well as sketching at museums and showrooms are the basis of the course. Workshop time is limited, so students must be prepared to work intensely and independently during these periods. Field Studies The class will visit manufacturers, museums and showrooms in Greater Copenhagen. Evaluation and Grading The students will be evaluated on their ability to critically assess and develop their designs. Grades will be based on the following: 10% Engagement and participation 30% Critical evaluation and concept development 30% Design and workshop process 30% Final presentation and product
  3. 3. 3 DIS Architecture and Design Spring 2014 Furniture Design in Denmark Workshop Shipping the Chair Home If students are interested in shipping their chairs home after the semester, DIS will help to facilitate shipping arrangements. The cost of shipping the chair home is not covered in the tuition fee. Disability and Resource Statement: Any student who has need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact Sean Green ( to coordinate this. In order to receive accommodations, students should inform the instructor of approved DIS accommodations within the first two weeks of classes. Policies Attendance This course is an intensive half-semester. It is therefore imperative that you not miss lectures, studio hours, or workshop sessions. Previous semesters have demonstrated that every session is necessary to complete a chair. Standard DIS attendance policy for full semester courses dictates that you are expected to attend all DIS classes when scheduled. If you miss two classes the Director of Teaching and Learning, and the Director of Student Affairs will be notified and they will follow-up with you to make sure that all is well. Absences will jeopardize your grade and your standing at DIS. Allowances will be made in cases of illness, but you will need to provide a doctor’s note. Academic Honesty DIS expects that students abide by the highest standards of intellectual honesty in all academic work. DIS assumes that all students do their own designs and work, and that they credit all work or thought taken from others. Academic dishonesty will result in a final course grade of “F” and can result in dismissal. The students’ home universities will be notified. DIS reserves the right to request that written student assignments be turned in electronic form for submission to plagiarism detection software. See the Academic Handbook for more information, or ask your instructor if you have questions. Electronic Devices Electronic devices are only permitted in class and on field studies when directly related to in-class exercises.
  4. 4. 4 DIS Architecture and Design Spring 2014 Furniture Design in Denmark Workshop Schedule Day Date Session Time Topic Th 23 Jan 01 16.25-17.00 Introduction Location: V7 Basement 17.10-19.45 Tradition, Transformation, Testing Lecturer (to be confirmed): Courtney Coyne-Jensen A introduction to Danish furniture design’s so-called ‘Golden Age’, with a focus on historical continuity, precedent transformations, and material innovations Required readings: • Krogh, Erik Space – in and around the chair (2007) • Mollerup, Per. Collapsibles. • Mollerup, Per. Offspring, Danish Chairs with Foreign Ancestors In Mobilia 315/316 1984 pp. 7-9, 21-40, 63-70. • Møller, Henrik Steen. Danish Design. Rhodos, 1975. Mo 27 Jan 02 16.25-17.25 Furniture Design Lecture Location: V7 Basement Lecturer: Natalie Jeffers 17.35-18.35 Design and pattern in CPH 18.45-20.00 Presentation of CPH study sketches Wed 29 Jan Field Study 8:30-12:30 Fritz Hansen - To be confirmed Th 30 Jan 03 16.25-20.00 Studio: sketches and sketch models Location: V7 Basement 03 Feb - 08 Feb Short tour: independent sketching on tour Mo 10 Feb 04 16.25-20.00 Studio: design development Th 13 Feb 05 16.25-20.00 Studio: 1:1 drawings Mo 17 Feb 06 16.25-20.30 Workshop Location: Statens Værksteder for Kunst, Strandgade 27b ( Th 20 Feb 08 16.25-20.30 Workshop Mo 24 Feb 09 16.25-20.30 Workshop Th 27 Feb 10 16.25-20.30 Workshop 01 Mar – 09 Mar Travel week: independent color research on tour Mo 10 Mar 11 16.25-20.30 Workshop Th 13 Mar 12 16.25-20.30 Workshop Mo 17 Mar 13 16.25-20.30 Workshop Th 20 Mar 15 16.25-20.30 Final Presentations Location: to be announced on Forum Schedule subject to change with as much notice as possible. All future edits to the syllabus will be made on DIS Forum only.