ECTS 
4
Course Code 
ARC_E402
Coordinators 

E. Constantopoulos

The course offers a historical and theoretical introduction to the study of contemporary Furniture and designed Objects, from the Industrial Revolution to the present. Through lectures and videos, the form, function and ergonomics of products and objects are explored, in relation to the influence of new materials and technologies, as well as wider social and cultural changes.

The aim of the course is to bring students in touch with the most important developments in the history of modern industrial design and at the same time to address the dominant theoretical questions concerning the whole range of design-production-consumption and the design intentions of their creators, such as: the relationship between form and content, the relation of the furniture object to interior space, the product promotion and communication strategies, and the ethical and aesthetic issues that arise today with respect to the environment.

Students contribute to the course through weekly presentations, based on research of contemporary projects and critical innovative ideas in design, as well as through a monograph that involves the manufacture of furniture models and the design of their exhibition and display spaces.

With the successful completion of the courses of "Interior Architecture 2", the students:

  • Have acquired knowledge about a set of specific parameters that determine the design of furniture and objects.
  • Have acquired knowledge of the wider historical, social and cultural context that defines the evolution and physiognomy of Western cultural material and especially of the Desihn area.
  • Have an oversight of the main representatives and tendencies of Design in the modern era.
  • They have developed the ability to critically analyze examples of furniture and object design.
  • They have gained increased skill in composing simple proposals for designing objects and furniture, as well as small-scale construction (1:20-1:5).
  • Have the ability to conduct to a certain extent subject-related research and come up with specific conclusions that can guide their design proposals.