About the Masterclass
Reed Hansuld is a Canadian furniture and product designer maker based out of Brooklyn, New York. Over the three days of this Masterclass, Reed will take participants through exercises in developing a chair design. The focus will be developing strategies for working through the ergonomic, structural and aesthetic considerations of designing a seating object. Understanding that truly working through a chair design can take weeks or months to complete, the intention of this Masterclass is to equip students with techniques in developing their designs. Students should be willing to quickly work through material, be confident with a drill and hot glue gun and embrace making mistakes.
Day 1 – Lecture and slide show giving overview of drawing, model making, prototyping and the creative process of chair design. Following a discussion on the creative process, students will begin working on their chair designs by sketching and model making either model scale or full scale. Handouts will be provided on chair ergonomics.
Day 2 – Group walk around and “critique” of participants various working designs, then continue working through designs moving on to full scale prototypes before days end. Afternoon discussion on chair ergonomics.
Day 3 – Discussion on moving through the prototype stages and working to a finalised design followed by further discussion supported by handouts and slide show on effective chair joinery. An example of creating a full-scale working drawing, making templates and strategizing the order of operations in building a chair will be explored.
By days end, participants will have all started creating a full-scale seating model with no working joinery. This model will be used to explore the aesthetic and ergonomics of the chair while providing a foundation to understanding the construction techniques required in developing a final prototype with working joinery. These models will be critiqued via a group walk around to set you on your chair design journey.
This course is perfect for anyone wishing to develop their practical design skills and explore alternative directions in chair design. This class is intended for moderate to advanced woodworkers – only 14 places available so purchase your ticket today.