Form to Function: The Chair (SCU2303.01)

Jon Isherwood & John Umphlett

Think of all the chairs you have used in your life, from the high chair you sat in as a baby to the one you are probably using right now. How many of those chairs truly provided support for the actions you were attempting in those moments? How many of them were useful, comfortable, and even beautiful as they fulfilled their purpose? Is there a chair you could never live without? This course is a hybrid art and design class in which you will conceive, design, model, and execute your own original chair design.

Students in this course will create a chair, built within certain design constraints, using only the materials and processes afforded to them. The form you produce must be designed in anticipation of a long life! Anticipate future use and questions of transportation, flexibility, re-use, etc. To begin we will research, draft, and design using fundamental principles of the chair. Through drawing and model-making we will develop prototypes before we move towards the finished product. In addition to the introduction of analog methods of metalworking and woodworking available at the college, students will be introduced to the 3D modeling platform Rhino 6 and make use of the CNC Laser cutter, CNC router and CNC plasma cutter for the digital cutting and fabrication processes.

Learning Outcomes:

Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 8:30AM-12:10PM (1st seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Sculpture , Visual Arts (VA)