Designing and Prototyping Your First Chair

A course by Muka Design Lab
Industrial design studio. Bilbao, Spain.
On Domestika since 12/12/2011
, Industrial design studio

Learn slow design techniques to build a wooden chair for artisanal production

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 142 students
Designing and Prototyping Your First Chair

Learn slow design techniques to build a wooden chair for artisanal production


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 142 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (1h 57m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever

Award-winning studio Muka Design Lab, Lucas and Laxmi design furniture and mass consumption products that are thought and created for their end-user. They believe in slow design and collaborate on artisanal projects with local craftsmen and workshops. Their work has been highlighted in AD Architectural Design, Fast Company, Archi Expo, Deezen, and El País.

In this course, Muka Design Lab teach you how to design your first ergonomic wooden chair, from start to finish: from the first ideas to the creation of your first prototype in human scale. Learn slow design techniques to apply to your fully functional and sustainable design.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The chair, the great icon of furniture
  • U3
    U3. Sketches and concepts
  • U4
    U4. Models and Prototypes
  • U5
    U5. Show Your Design to the World
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start by getting to know Laxmi and Lucas, co-founders of Muka Design Lab. They tell you about their professional experiences, their passion for furniture, and its purpose within their studio, and show you some of their influences.

Begin the course with an introduction to the world of chairs and get introduced to the slow design materials you’ll use during the course.

Muka show you their conceptual process and some tricks to find ideas. Start by sketching chairs, refine your drawings, and select the one you prefer. Create the dimensions for your technical plan to develop a model on a 1:10 scale.

Create your prototype to human scale and test the different parts and design, to solve the possible imperfections before it is made. Once your design is finished, you’ll be able to contact a local artisan to materialize your idea just as you imagined it.

Lastly, photograph the result by taking certain factors into account such as the art direction behind your image, to then share it on social media and promote your design in the best way.

What is this course's project?

Design a wooden chair, create a prototype with a 1:1 scale, along with the technical plans for its production with an artisan.

Who is it for?

This course is for creatives with a love for furniture design, interior design, architecture, and handmade objects.

What you need

Previous industrial design knowledge is not required to take the course, but it is necessary to have some experience in freehand drawing, drawing of plan, and perspective, and be quite skilled with your hands.

The course can be done in an analog way, with pencil, paper, a meter, a ruler, scissors or cutter, cardboard or foam board, fabrics, glue, tape and a cutting mat.

If you want to take your project to another level, you can use a computer with specialized software of your choice: to draw plans (Autocad, Qcad, Freecad...), to draw and color (Illustrator, Photoshop...), for 3D and creation of perspectives (Solidworks, Rhino, 3D Max...), and to render in 3D you can use a program like KeyShot, Corona or V-Ray.


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Muka Design Lab

A course by Muka Design Lab

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Founded by Lucas and Laxmi, Muka Design Lab is an award-winning industrial design studio specializing in furniture and consumer product design. Under the premise of slow design, the studio creates furniture and spaces with unique identity and character, working with local workshops and artisans to design everyday objects that reach people.

Their work has been featured in AD Architectural Design, Fast Company, Archi Expo, Dezeen, and El País. The studio’s projects have won international awards at exhibitions in Milan and Los Angeles, as well as a German Design Award and a RedDot Award for Design Concept.


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do in this Course?
  • U2

    The chair, the great icon of furniture

    • The History of the Chair
    • About Chairs
    • Materials
  • U3

    Sketches and concepts

    • Free idea sketching
    • Developing the idea
    • Scaling and making the blueprint
  • U4

    Models and Prototypes

    • 1:10 Scale Model
    • 1: 1 Full Scale Model (Part 1)
    • 1: 1 Full Scale Model (Part 2)
    • Final Prototype with Artisans
  • U5

    Show Your Design to the World

    • Product Photography and Art Direction
    • Present Your Design to the World
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and prototyping of your first chair

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Designing and Prototyping Your First Chair. A Design course by Muka Design Lab

Designing and Prototyping Your First Chair

A course by Muka Design Lab
Industrial design studio. Bilbao, Spain.
On Domestika since 12/12/2011
  • 100% Positive reviews (2)
  • 142 students