Abstract

The authors of this paper taught the course “Furniture Design and the Principles of its Construction” during the spring term 2018. While teaching this course to the students in their second year, they guided them to have a fairly different perspective on furniture design. Thus, the objective of this study is to provide the main points of that quest. In this respect, this study investigates the process of guiding the students through the design of a piece of furniture and tries to provide solutions to the insufficiency of a three-hour course for the whole class. The design methodology applied in the courses had two stages. First, the students were provided with the information on definition, history and types of furniture classified according to the periods. Next, in the first stage, students were led to design contemporary seating objetcs by a method of direct inspiration from an existing piece of furniture constructed in the prehistoric period. In the second stage, “synectics” method was applied. Derived from the Greek word “synecticos”, “synectics” means the bringing together of diverse elements. It is a creative problem solving technique. Upon a quick decision, the lecturer leading the session added a new stage to the methodology and told the students to draw the pictures of their souls as they cannot reach a satisfying result with the previous form of the methodology applied to 34 students. The authentic result of this study was obtained by the designs developed from the pictures of souls added to the “synectics” method.

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Furniture design, synectics method, pictures of souls

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Making the Students of Interior Architecture Design Seating Furniture

The authors of this paper taught the course “Furniture Design and the Principles of its Construction” during the spring term 2018. While teaching this course to the students in their second year, they guided them to have a fairly different perspective on furniture design. Thus, the objective of this study is to provide the main points of that quest. In this respect, this study investigates the process of guiding the students through the design of a piece of furniture and tries to provide solutions to the insufficiency of a three-hour course for the whole class. The design methodology applied in the courses had two stages. First, the students were provided with the information on definition, history and types of furniture classified according to the periods. Next, in the first stage, students were led to design contemporary seating objetcs by a method of direct inspiration from an existing piece of furniture constructed in the prehistoric period. In the second stage, “synectics” method was applied. Derived from the Greek word “synecticos”, “synectics” means the bringing together of diverse elements. It is a creative problem solving technique. Upon a quick decision, the lecturer leading the session added a new stage to the methodology and told the students to draw the pictures of their souls as they cannot reach a satisfying result with the previous form of the methodology applied to 34 students. The authentic result of this study was obtained by the designs developed from the pictures of souls added to the “synectics” method.

 

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