International Society of Furniture Designers

Career Outlook

Employment of furniture designers is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026. Consumer demand for new products and new product styles should sustain the demand for furniture designers. Interior designers will be needed to respond to consumers’ expectations that the interiors of homes and offices meet certain conditions, such as being environmentally friendly and more easily accessible.

Careers Represented

Furniture Designer, Home Furnishings Designer, Merchandiser,Merchandise Manager, Product Development Specialist, Product Manager, Maker/Designer, Home Furnishings Buyer

Educational Opportunities

Members can link to any of 12 mentors once they login on member side of website.  These mentors can and will any questions relation to the business of designing home furnishings, running a design shop, the future of design, preparation of portfolios, career direction suggestions and much more.Continuing education sessions will be offered at every April and October High Point Market in High Point NC.  This October at the Greensboro, NC World Color Lab location we will be offering furniture finishing 101 along with a Q & A session with finishing tech’s. in collaboration with Sherwin Williams and also Wood selection and design with wood will be offered in the IMC conference center in collaboration with Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.In April we will present the “The state of Furniture Design” panel discussion by top furniture designers and design professionals and we will have the culmination of ISFD’s Designer Showcase, a juried competition amount Maker/Designers with finalists and winners products shown at April High Point market and at a public art museum after the market. We are currently planning educational sessions in collaboration with Materials Connexion in High Point between markets as workshops for both students and design professionals (young and old).

Brief Overview

The International Society of Furniture Designers (ISFD) is an association advocating for outstanding design and the furniture designers whose creativity drives the industry’s engine. We seek to elevate the role of design and designer through networking, mentorship and professional development opportunities, and continuously promote, advance and support the profession of furniture design and its positive impact.

With professional and student members around the world and across the country, our diverse professional membership specializes in residential and contract furnishings and accessories. We invite you to join us.

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    Typical Education

    A few suggested courses of study that will help shape any individuals career preparation toward home furnishings design: Introduction to Design,Design and Innovation,Principles of Interior Design,Essentials of Interior Design,Design Development I & II,Product Development, Furniture Design I & II,Textiles and Furniture,Global Design,Visual Presentation,Soft Seating Design, Ornamentation,Sustainability and Design,Digital Modeling,Furniture Industry Trends, and PracticesOriginal Design,Research Methods,Industrial Design,Industrial Design Graphics,Leadership by Design

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