Seating Arrangements: tables, benches & chairs – W0912-19

Date: Jul 29 - Aug 09, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to IV i

Instructor(s): Michael Fortune

Tuition: $1,095
Studio Fee: $175
Registration Fee: $45


Tables and seating forms will be explored for uses indoor and out. From sculptural to contemporary, from frivolous to functional, from light to leviathan, students discuss all aspects for furniture design. Innovative joinery techniques for working with laminated parts, vacuum-formed, steam-bent or shaped forms are considered. Structural and comfort requirements are discussed for each project. Storage space or secret compartments could even be included in the work.

Media & Techniques:

Students explore the variety of woodworking techniques including strip laminating, steam bending, vacuum forming and hot pipe bending. Methods and different materials for basic upholstery techniques will be encouraged.


An illustrated lecture on the creative process is presented. Students prepare sketches and drawings, models and mock-ups to aid in the creation of designs. There are demonstrations on wood forming, joinery techniques, working with curves and finishing techniques.


Michael Fortune graduated from the furniture design program at Sheridan College. He received the prestigious Bronfman Award in 1993, was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts in 2000 and received the 2007 Furniture Society Award of Distinction. His work is included in many private and public collections, including The Royal Ontario Museum.

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