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 explores the different social, cultural and functional needs and phenomenon that have over time shaped the design and dimension of furniture.

The course challenges the formal typologies of known seating architypes.  

They will learn how to respond to the critical design challenges of a competitive industry and understand the commercial aspects and problem solving situations within furniture design.


Credits: 10

Schedule: 26.02.2021 - 06.04.2021

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 critical design thinking and creative problem solving in a competitive environment. The students will learn historical and present furniture design architypes. Students will experience how to communicate and work in a multidisciplinary setting.

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. Passing the course requires 80% attendance and submission of all assignments.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, group tutoring and personal tutoring 44 h, evaluation and feedback 6 h, project work 200 h, learning diary 20 h


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. Prior experience in wood and metal workshops is demanded.


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