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Who is a Furniture Designer?

The Furniture Designer is a professional who designs furniture and interior design elements in private and public areas.

A Furniture Designer is capable of creating customised furnishing complements according to a client’s specific needs, or of imagining new furnishing products to interpret the evolution of contemporary lifestyles, while keeping a sustainable relationship with the environment, the production system and the global economic context.

What does a Furniture Designer do?

Furniture design analyses and interprets all aspects concerning the relationship between objects and their users, particularly considering the functionality, ergonomics, practicality and usability of a piece of furniture or fitting. It creates innovative complements by combining different materials and processes, or integrating technological systems.

Furniture Designers work in direct connection with customers, craftsmen and companies. They are multi-disciplinary professionals, capable of carrying out projects from the drawing up to three-dimensional renderings and technical drawings, able to follow and control every stage of the product’s creation, from the selection of materials to marketing. Furniture designers can work in a team within a design studio or company, or as freelancers.

What skills should a Furniture Designer have?

  • ability to design furniture complements of different functions and sizes
  • knowledge of technical drawing and 3D modelling programmes
  • knowledge of the history of design, industry and relevant companies
  • in-depth knowledge of materials, processing types, craft and industrial production systems
  • ability to connect experimentation with market demand
  • ability to carry out continuous research and studies in support of project development and their own professional independence
  • ability to work in a team, with a critical approach and interdisciplinarity between the various fields of design and the arts.

How to become a Furniture Designer?

To become a Furniture Designer, it is essential to have acquired a design methodology characterised by a critical approach and ongoing curiosity for all-round knowledge. You can become a furniture designer through a three-year training course (degree or first-level academic diploma), which can be obtained at the end of a three-year course in the area of Design. In order to reach a higher level of completeness and design maturity, through more specific and professionalising experiences, it is advisable to carry on studying, tacking on a two-year course (master's degree or second level academic diploma) in Product Design.

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