Furniture design touches on several industries - including interiors, aviation, hospital equipment and even crafts. In India, it “was more of a skill-based and artisan-based industry and there were very few product designers. In the absence of organised industrial designers, furniture design emanated mostly from the architect and interior designers who would use smaller workshops and carpenters to translate their designs,” says Anil S Mathur, COO, Godrej Interio. “With the change in the dynamics of the industry, mainly modernisation by Indian furniture manufacturers, need of mass manufacturing, use of newer materials and integration of materials and technology, the role of product/industrial designers in the furniture space is growing. Further, the global industry is looking at India as a future manufacturing base...These are clear indications of the need for a larger number of furniture designers year-on-year compared to existing availability,” he adds.
What do they do?
As a Furniture Designer you will be responsible for producing designs for furniture and related products which can be utlilised at home, office, hotel, restaurant or any other place keeping in mind the aesthetical and creative appeal. The job may involve lot of research and planning. You may also have to travel to various placed in order to look for inspiration for your designs. Research is only one part of your profile; the job also involves designing a product on software and also to calculate its cost. As a furniture designer you will also have to work along with a craftsman and make him deliver your desired product.
- An eye for detail and a mind for ideas
- Artistic temperament
- Knowledge of industrial production systems and/or of craft systems, including thorough knowledge of materials and finishes
- An understanding of architectural/ interior spaces
How do I get there?
You don’t have to cut wood and start crafting in order to become a furniture designer. Designing is all about aesthetic and creative sense. If you have that creativity in you then you can definitely become one of the finest designers. In order to acquainted with the world of patterns and designs you can pursue your graduation from a fashion or design institute. You can then join an organisaiton which deals with furniture and related items.
Typical day in the life of a Furniture Designer
Pros & Cons about this career
Work involves constant creative exploration Flexible scale of production Quick turnaround of projects Allows for individual expression
You get recognised late in your career Unorganised industry. India’s furniture industry is in the process of maturing and it will be a while before it draws upon indigenous design Not much awareness about the industry Not many people to pay for this service Retail entrepreneurs prefer importing furniture, rather than nurturing indigenous systems of design and production