Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course provides the students a concise understanding of the contemporary furniture design practice in relation to the state of emerging production technologies and processes. 

Students will learn the critical parameters of furniture manufacturing. The objective is to examine how material performances can be appropriated in connection to technical, formal and manufacturing aspects of a product.

During the course students will learn the advantages and limitations associated with mass production processes interrelated to the nature of furniture industry.  

Credits: 10

Schedule: 27.10.2020 - 10.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ville Kokkonen

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Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course introduces a design approach that ties the design- process and thinking closer to the operational side of furniture manufacturing. Students will learn the vocabulary related to advanced manufacturing and material engineering basics.   

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Participation in lectures, briefing, group working, tutoring sessions, project/practical assignment and presentation of the results. Students are expected to document their working process and research. 

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Total workload of 168 hrs consisting of  lectures (10 hrs), studio work/personal tutoring (75 hrs), documentation (25 hrs) and independent design development (84 hrs). 


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Reading list will be announced in the beginning of the course.

Substitutes for Courses
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  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The students should have the capability of independent work in the project, and it will demand full time attendance. Prior experience in wood and metal workshops is demanded.  In case your background is different and you have previous experience from furniture design it advisable to have attend course SARK- 5000 prior to this course.



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