Careers in Furniture Design

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Furniture designers use a variety of skills to design furniture and related products for industrial, commercial, and domestic clients. Designers work alone or alongside colleagues, creating concepts and designs that balance innovative design, functional requirements, and aesthetic appeal.


Buyers for retail stores purchase product lines of furniture and accessories from manufacturers and furniture makers.

Fixture Designer

Develop and design retail store fixtures, display units, mannequins, etc.

Furniture Designer

Furniture designers create furniture for either mass or limited production, or create custom or "art furniture." Custom furniture is often designed and produced for individual residences, museums, specialty stores and other businesses that have specific needs.

Furniture Fabricator

Constructs furniture in assembly type fashion or aids with custom construction. Expert craftsmanship and attention to detail is necessary.

Lighting Designer

Covers a range of work from designing specialized theater or interior lighting (usually requiring special training /certification) to design of lighting for retail sale.


Furniture Design Alum Spotlight

Christy Oates grew up selling "really terrible furniture," so it was only natural that she would want to learn to design her own.


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