Webinar: Furniture Design and Wooden Chair Fabrication

The central theme of this webinarareMichael Thonet (1841-1934) and Alvar Aalto (1898–1976), two brilliant designers who worked in different epochs and countries. The first was a talented Austrian cabinet maker, and the second was one of the most famous Finnish architects who integrated custom furniture into his buildings and interiors. Regardless of the academic background or professional affiliation of these talented people known for innovative furniture design, we will consider the attitudes that these giants have contributed to furniture design as well as unique disciplinary qualities in the fields of applied art, interior and industrial design.

We will see the pronounced differences in the way architects and interior designers create a sense of place by designing, selecting and locating furniture; the way in which industrial designers seek to address industrial manufacturing processes and integrate utility, human factors, and ergonomics into design; and in the way that artists are trained for their craft. Many other scientific disciplines also contribute to the acquired knowledge of furniture design. We will look at the influences, material properties, use, applied forces, how the environment and ergonomics have on furniture design.

This lecture also talks about the historical, cultural, political and social conditions of the way people sit, rest, work and play, or the research of human factors and the anthropometric data that furniture designers rely on. Many factors need to be considered when designing furniture. Most are within a personal, cultural, disciplinary and professional frame of reference.The primary intention of this webinar is to articulate how ideas, users, design processes, materials and manufacturing methods contribute to furniture design. How to understand the production of chairs and the use of solid wood and plywood. Their structural differences and the benefits of both materials are still central themes in furniture production.

We hope that this webinar will remain a useful survey for everyone, especially for design students and professionals interested in furniture design.

Who is Asst. Prof. Dr. Siniša Prvanov? 

Siniša Prvanov is born in Republic of Serbia 1965. Interior architect and educator with over 25 years of experience in the high-end design industry and higher education. Siniša completed his PhD at the National Technical University of Athens, awarded by the IKEA Foundation, and his undergraduate studies at the University of Belgrade. He has integrated the highest calibre international methods of teaching into his courses. In conjunction with internationally acclaimed architecture firms, his professional work has received several design awards. His work been exhibited internationally in Berlin, Milan, Bologna, Athens, Monaco, Montevideo, and Montreal, and has appeared in two journal monographs, and over 12 journal articles.His research interests lie in the area of public architecture, and interior design in the marine environment, ranging from theory to design to implementation. He has collaborated actively with researchers in several other disciplines of interior design, particularly furniture design on problems at the CNC wood furniture prototyping and fabrication.His current research focuses on teaching methods and innovations in course design supported in part by UNESCO education sector, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.Siniša has served on roughly ten conference and workshop program committees and served as the Program Chair for ADS Vietnam Design Institute 2015. He has served on the Ton Duc Thang University (TDTU) Executive Committee 2016, the Steering Committee for the Van Lang University Interior Architecture Curriculum, and the HAWA Education Board 2016. Siniša is a member of Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE), Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER), International Association (WoodEMA), and Association of Applied Artists & Designers, Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia (UPIDIV). Siniša is also a member of the editorial board and leader guest editor of the international Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications (IJAAA).

30 April 2021