Department Head and Professor: John Dunnigan
Furniture Design majors are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials and approaches while focusing on human factors and sustainable, responsible design. Graduates go on to become thinker/makers who follow a variety of paths, from launching their own businesses making furniture and/or other objects to working as commercial product designers, teaching, running galleries and more.
“In Furniture Design we think about things, and think around and through things. In recent conversations with students about what happens as they develop their projects, we came up with the term ‘thingking’ to describe this process. Thingking expresses the symbiotic relationship between making and thinking in art and design—between object and idea, or giving form to ideas that can be observed and critiqued. This approach to education—the development of embodied knowledge via practice and haptic experience—provides unique opportunities for innovation.” - John Dunnigan, Department Chair