The Furniture Program focuses on studio furniture, a fertile intersection of the disciplines of furniture design, industrial design, sculpture, architecture, and fashion. The program emphasizes making skills (woodworking, metalworking, upholstery, and industrial fabrication), drawing and computer-based design, and a theoretical investigation of furniture as both object and cultural agent.

Students will develop a conceptually sophisticated and professional body of work suitable for small-scale production runs or gallery exhibition. Students execute projects both individually and in small groups, often with Architecture, Industrial Design, and Interior Designstudents, which prepares them to collaborate with designers, manufacturers, and contractors in their professional lives.

Many of the major teaching studios in the program are sponsored by retailers, manufacturers, or nonprofit organizations. Recently these sponsors have included Design Within Reach, the California Academy of Sciences, Branchhome.org, Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, the FOR-SITE Foundation, and local retailers such as Propeller, Zinc Details, Friend, and the Magazine.

The program hosts an ongoing lecture series and regularly brings visiting artists to campus. Recent graduates have been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle and in Surface magazine’s list of the 10 best designers under 30.

On the San Francisco campus, the Wornick Wood and Furniture Studios include state-of-the-art facilities for woodworking, metal fabrication, and welding; rapid prototyping and laser cutting equipment (in a dedicated digital fabrication studio); a spray finishing booth; and upholstery equipment.

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