London and Barcelona, United Kingdom

London-Barcelona: Furniture Design for inside and outside spaces

when 30 June 2014 - 25 July 2014
duration 4 weeks
fee GBP 2115


This course will begin in London by introducing you to interior furniture design and the skills required when combining both studio and workshop disciplines. It is the perfect opportunity to practice the leap between ideas and three-dimensional reality, where this introduction to modern furniture aims to stimulate and encourage personal creative thinking. You will be pushed to move your ideas on through sketching and experimentation, taking a concept to a stage when it can be realised in a three-dimensional form. You will learn model-making and basic workshop skills to create a scale model. This course is about experimentation with concepts, but also about the practical side of design, such as grasping an idea of basic batch production processes and ergonomics. This is a practical design course and the emphasis will be on design and making rather than on the history of furniture design, although there will be reference to it.


When you arrive in Barcelona you will explore the use of the most effective tools to create innovative designs along with its application in designing and producing public-space furniture. You will move on to understand the current market for new materials and technologies and their application. You will be working on observation exercises and analysis tools of the habits and rituals of the people in the public space, and studying the fundamental role of the final user for the product development and examine the influence of society on public-space design, including eco-sustainability and recycling. You will investigate spatial typology and the definitions of space, including 'hybrid', 'versatile', 'minimal' and 'ephemeral'. New materials, their characteristics and applications will be explained along with new furniture for new needs. You will analyse new trends in furniture for exteriors from different perspectives and their relations with space and nature, and a project will be developed using the street as a case study and in such a perfect combination like a Mediterranean city and with so many incentives as Barcelona in the middle of summer time.

Course leader

Rock Galpin MA runs the design agency Rock Galpin Limited and is a senior Associate Lecturer on the BA Product Design Course at Central Saint Martins and Professor and course leader of the Industrial Design course at Syracuse University.

Sam Sheard gra

Target group

Anyone interested in product and furniture design and who is considering future studies in the subject and wants to add to their portfolio. You might also be a student or professional working in architecture, interior design, product design, decorative arts, graphic design or fine art and looking for a fresh approach to working in 3D.

Course aim


Furniture design and idea generation
Presentation skills and model making
Latest-generation technology and materials and their influence on new concepts
Getting familiar with new furniture types.

Fee info

GBP 2115: fee shown is tuition only

accommodation, travel, insurance and living expenses are not included.