Furniture Designer

Furniture Designer Job Description

Furniture Designers Produce Designs For Items Of Furniture And Related Products. These Designs May Then Be Mass Produced Or Made In Small Batches Or As One-off Individual Pieces. Designers May Be Involved In The Design Aspect Of The Work Alone Or They May Be Designer/makers, Producing Items From Their Own Designs.

Designers Work Alone Or Alongside Colleagues Creating Concepts And Designs That Balance Innovative Design, Functional Requirements And Aesthetic Appeal.

The Process Of Furniture Design Demands Creativity, Business Awareness And Skills In Marketing, Finance, Sales And Manufacturing. The Role May Involve A Number Of Functions, Particularly For The Self-employed, Including Designer, Production Manager, Buyer, Salesperson, Accountant, And Maintenance Engineer.

In Addition, Self-employed Designers Need To Allocate A Portion Of Their Time To Marketing And Business Administration. They Must Engage In Self-promotion By Advertising Their Services Or Attending Furnishing Fairs And Exhibitions.

Many Designers Have A Natural Interest In Associated Fields Of Design And May Spend Some Time On Collaborative Projects Working, For Example, With Theatre Set Designers Or Retail Interior Designers On Certain Projects.

Furniture Designer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • keeping informed about design trends and developments;
  • selecting suitable materials, which might include wood, metal, plastic and textiles;
  • discussing designs with clients for custom ordering or with manufacturers;
  • studying, researching and planning various styles of furniture design;
  • finding ways to improve furniture items already manufactured;
  • generating sample designs using computer-aided design (CAD), card models, sketches or hard prototypes;
  • evaluating issues such as pricing and fixing costs, fashion, purchasing, safety, materials and manufacturing methods and techniques;
  • using various tools to complete projects from raw materials to finished furniture items;
  • attending workshops, seminars and training on various types of manufacturing and furniture design.
  • organising plans and schedules with respect to the availability of resources;
  • using software packages such as Autocad, Inventor, Solidworks and Photoshop;
  • preparing detailed final designs;
  • liaising with craftsmen or production department staff, such as production managers, marketing staff and design engineers, about the process of construction or manufacture;

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