Furniture Design

Dynamic personal growth

Through mentorship, your professors will encourage you to pursue professional development opportunities in and outside the classroom, ranging from projects with community partners to conferences and summer residencies. You will also actively exhibit your work in the community as part of the curriculum.

Design in practice

Your student experience will be grounded in the national conversation of furniture design. Classes are augmented with visiting artists, field trips, student and professional design competitions, fairs and exhibitions, and other pertinent professional activities to help push your designs and craft even further.

Herron has greatly increased my confidence as a maker. The faculty and staff are incredibly supportive with their time and feedback, and have shared opportunities that have helped me grow professionally.

Shamira Wilson, furniture design major

Student work

Clockwise from top: Sarah Slightdom, Mint Bridge, 2018. Steel, powder coating, and gas. Carly Purvis, Alpha and Beta, 2019. Mahogany. Caroline Olszwski, Floral Wine Cabinet (detail), 2018. Walnut, assorted veneer, brass rod, and brass hardware. 55 x 16.5 x 10 in. Courtesy of the artists

A student cuts pieces of denim fabric.

Foundation studies

Your first year at Herron focuses on skills that are crucial to your success in art and design school. You will explore basic principles and techniques, as well as your own historical, cultural, and personal influences as an artist or designer.

Learn more about foundation studies


8,000 square feet of well-equipped studio space, split between two rooms, will provide you with access to every tool, machinery, and resource at your fingertips. An experienced technician will also be on hand to offer support.

  • Drill presses, scroll saws, and mortising equipment
  • Two computer stations and a drafting station
  • Vacuum pressing station for advanced laminating and veneer techniques
  • Tool cabinets with hand tools, small power tools, and design materials
  • Vertical lockers for storing lumber and other materials
  • Sanding and grinding station
  • Three bandsaws, two table saws, and a vertical panel saw
  • A variety of planers, jointers, and sanders
  • Router table
  • 14 shared workbenches

Professional opportunities

Whether you go on to open a design studio or work in a related field, your education will prepare you with the industry knowledge that’s needed to join the next generation of studio furniture makers and designers. 

Pursue your calling as a professional:

  • Furniture designer
  • Lighting designer
  • Studio owner
  • Museum or gallery preparator
  • Prototype designer
  • Cabinet shop technician
  • Exhibition designer
  • Set designer
  • Custom interior designer
  • Buyer or consultant


Ray Duffey

Ray Duffey

Director of Safety Curriculum, Shop Manager

Reagan Furqueron

Reagan Furqueron

Associate Professor

Cory Robinson

Cory Robinson

George & Diane Seybert Professor in Furniture Design, Professor

Shelley Spicuzza

Shelley Spicuzza

Digital Fabrication/Imaging Lab Coordinator

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