Designing Chairs

Parsons School of Design: Constructed Environments

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Designing Chairs

Fall 2022

Taught By: Gregory Beson

Section: A

CRN: 4328

Credits: 3

More than any other object, chairs (a seat for a single user that supports posterior and back) connect objects, people and space. Architects, interior designers, industrial designers, craftspeople and fine artists have all designed chairs both as useful objects but also as a way to communicate their individual approach to design and its impact on users. Historically, chairs have presented designers with opportunities to address material constraints, proficiency in construction, scale and innovation in production, ergonomic research, and aesthetics and play among other themes. Chairs mirror the scale, form, gesture and structure of the human body - we see ourselves (conceptually and literally) in the chairs we design, make and use. Students in this course will investigate the history of chair design and its relationship to a variety of cultures, and propose designs for chairs that relate to their own design inclinations. Students will work in the Parsons Making Center to construct a physical representation of their chair designs in either a series of accurately scaled models, a usable mockup or a full-scale, finished prototype. Considerable time will be spent in the shops mastering techniques in woodworking, upholstery and joinery to create viable chair structures incorporating hard and soft materials.

Open to: All university undergraduate degree students with restrictions. Pre-requisite(s): PUPD 2027 Models, Mockups and Prototypes and others with Advanced Woodworking skills approved by Portfolio Review

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Constructed Environments (PSCE)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 12, 2022 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:58pm 9/28/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: Parsons East 25 E13th

Room: 302

Date Range: 8/30/2022 - 12/6/2022