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F_ Lab: Bespoke Furnitures is part of a suite of electives, the Digital Design and Fabrication Electives. In these electives students have the opportunity to build and demonstrate expertise and competence in the understanding and application of contemporary design tools that inform and shape design process and thinking. A Digital Design and Fabrication Electives are based on a culture of experimenting and making – applying contemporary design and making tools to create advanced physical and digital artefacts and environments. For more detailed information concerning the respective tutors, design approaches and previous examples as well as other offerings in the Digital Design and Fabrication Electives suite please check on the ADD+F Research Hub website under teaching and learning: https://msd.unimelb.edu.au/addf
F_Lab introduces students to consideration of materiality, anthropometrics and fabrication techniques. Students will be exposed to and demonstrate the capability to use a wide range of making techniques, including e.g. skills in hand-tool usage and modern woodworking equipment.
F_Lab students will demonstrate their capability to design and fabricate a bespoke furniture piece that is highly individual and of novel aesthetic and material qualities. A resulting final piece will highlight students’ experimentation process, demonstrate exemplary craft, and creating a novel furniture piece, e.g for one person to rest on.
Costs to Students:
In combination with prototyping and fabrication students should allow for a minimum of 100-200 AUD to cover material costs; costs often depend on students’ choice of material.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion, students should have developed the ability to:
- Document a design concept from initial idea, through digital and physical iterations to realizing a full-scale furniture outcome which can safely hold 75kg.
- Understand a diverse range of digital and non-digital fabrication tools, techniques, and methodologies and be able to appropriately implement those skills.
- Develop hands-on skills for fabrication and confidence in navigating a modern fabrication workshop environment.
- Understand the varieties and appropriate usage of wood and its limitations for fabrication.
- Understand the environmental impact of using materials and equipment for furniture making.
- Learn about important modern furniture designers globally and locally.
- Cognitive skills to review critically, analyse, consolidate and synthesis knowledge about their discipline;
- Technical skills to demonstrate a broad understanding of fabrication tools and techniques ;
- Skill building using hand tools and power tools;
- Creative skills to exercise critical thinking and judgement in identifying and solving design problems with intellectual independence;
- Communication skills to present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
- Be able to participate in team work through involvement in syndicate groups and group discussions.
Last updated: 31 January 2024