Design of a Furniture Collection from Start to Finish

A course by Luis Arredondo
Industrial Designer and Woodworker. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined June 2020
, Industrial Designer and Woodworker

Learn to transform a concept into multiple pieces of furniture that share the same aesthetic

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% positive reviews (52)
  • 1781 students

Learn to transform a concept into multiple pieces of furniture that share the same aesthetic

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% positive reviews (52)
  • 1781 students
  • 15 lessons (1h 47m)
  • 27 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

A single concept can be expressed in many ways depending on the desired result, which is why the Arredondo brothers, founders of Taller Nacional, take a unique approach to each of the furniture collections they design and manufacture at their studio. They create stylish objects with a positive social impact by considering all the relevant factors, from ergonomics and the environment to politics.

In this course, Luis Arredondo teaches you how to design and develop your own furniture collection from start to finish using a single concept and a coherent style. Discover the potential value, practicality, and influence of furniture and learn how to define the overall look, feel, and purpose of your collection.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basics of furniture design
  • U3
    U3. Concept and development
  • U4
    U4. Design and Production
  • U5
    U5. Show the world your collection
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know your teacher, Luis Arredondo. He tells you a bit about his career, explains why he founded Taller Nacional with his brother, and shows you some of their most notable projects. He also talks about his biggest influences and how they have impacted his work before giving you an outline of the course.

Next, delve into the history of design and look at some of the most iconic furniture collections from designers in different time periods while taking note of their context, concept, and materials. Continue by analyzing other key factors such as ergonomics and anthropometry.

Discover the tools you need to create your own collection and what the process entails. Luis walks you through each step, from defining the concept to capture the essence and personality of your pieces, to important aesthetic decisions such as selecting materials and choosing a color palette based on a mood board.

Now it's time to start designing your collection! Sketch your ideas on paper and then build mock-ups to determine if your designs are viable. Learn about the importance of 2D and 3D drawing, making mock-ups to scale, and detailed fabrication plans.

Once you have all the materials to manufacture your furniture, Luis gives you some expert advice on choosing the right production process and how to effectively communicate with the manufacturer. Wrap up the course by focusing on how to present your work and impress current or potential clients.

What is this course's project?

Conceptualize and design a furniture collection containing at least five pieces.

Who is this online course for?

Creatives, interior and industrial designers, and anyone interested in furniture design.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is needed to take this course, but experience in drawing and 3D software will make it easier to follow along.


1781 Students
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Luis Arredondo

A course by Luis Arredondo

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Industrial Designer and Woodworker

Luis Arredondo is a Mexican industrial designer as well as founder and creative director of Taller Nacional and the experimental design studio BESTIA. Taller Nacional is a design firm with its own production workshop where a team of designers, architects, carpenters, and woodworkers conceptualize, design, develop, and manufacture furniture and objects that bring style into the spaces they occupy while creating a positive social impact.

Luis and the team at Taller Nacional have participated in exhibitions at the London Design Museum, the Galería Mexicana de Diseño, MUAC, MACO, MUNAL, and the Franz Mayer Museum, among others. They have also collaborated on a variety of interior design, home furniture, retail, and corporate projects like Mercado Roma Coyoacán, Cuccina, Bar Xaman, Limantour Bar, Hotel Casa Pancha, and Emporio Cancún.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Basics of furniture design

    • History of furniture design
    • The furniture collection and its whys
    • Ergonomics, anthropometry and types of furniture
  • U3

    Concept and development

    • First steps
    • Concept
    • Aesthetics, materiality and definition of pieces
  • U4

    Design and Production

    • Assemblage as the cornerstone of the collection
    • Form: visualization, exploration and definition
    • Representation
    • Final proposal
  • U5

    Show the world your collection

    • Manufacturing
    • Documentation
    • Communication
  • FP

    Final project

    • Design of a Furniture Collection from Start to Finish

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Design of a Furniture Collection from Start to Finish. Design course by Luis Arredondo

Design of a Furniture Collection from Start to Finish

A course by Luis Arredondo
Industrial Designer and Woodworker. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined June 2020
  • 94% positive reviews (52)
  • 1781 students