- Furniture function and social use
- Form, spatial organization, and typological orders
- Structural integrity and composition
- Accessibility, universal design, human factors, and ergonomics
- The design process, from schematics through fabrication
- Materials, processes, and methods of fabrication
- Professional practice and marketing
- The history of furniture design, from prehistory to the digital age
James Christopher Postell
SOME OF THE CUSTOMER REVIEWS ABOUT THIS BOOK [ SAMPLE ]
1) I'm an aerospace materials engineer who has been obsessed with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the last 25 years. My grandfather was a self-taught violin maker, and as a child I was obsessed with wood, spending my summer days watching him craft works-of-art with the simplest of hand tools.
Today I am obsessed with the synergism of the two materials - to create contemporary furniture for knowledge workers and modern home owners of the globe - without the outlandish pricing structure that say a Jules Sturgess tacks on to his products (not to say that his designs are not great).
In the past I purchased many a big, heavy book on furniture design. Aside from great photos and historical content, they contained little on the design process itself.
Jim Postell's Furniture Design, Second Edition is in a league by itself. Finding it available as a (well done) Kindle Edition was a welcome surprise, as I currently reside in Mexico.
Clearly the book is based on his course work over the years. For the student designer and the non-designer (as myself), this text is one of the best that can be found on the subject matter. It is well worth the price, considering the only better option would to enroll in his coursework.