Successful design is the first step in making a successful piece of furniture. This class will help students identify and define their style so that the objects they make will work well in the home and complement other interior elements. This workshop will equip students with a systematic design approach that can be employed when making objects for themselves or for clients. It doesn’t matter what’s being designed (furniture, houses, cars, sculptures, etc.), the principles of design are the same. Once the principles of design are understood, they can be used to make elegant, visually pleasing objects. This class will also help students invigorate their designs by the addition of forms and elements from nature and from the history of furniture. Joinery, construction, ergonomics, and aesthetics will all be covered over the course of the week, along with sketching, technical drawing and modeling techniques to help develop an idea. It’s not necessary to be an artist to produce designs that are functional, durable, and beautiful. This class will teach students the skills needed to design elegant furniture that will generate pride for years to come.