Furniture as Prefabricator

By Deborah Schneiderman.

Published by The Design Collection

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Though much attention has been given to the prefabrication of architecture, little has been devoted to the discussion of the prefabricated interior environment. The significance of the unit or module is inherent in the prefabrication of architecture, but it is equally critical in its role in the prefabrication of Interior Space. The element of the module in furniture transcends the notion of furniture as object, placing it more expansively into the realm of place-maker. The advent and purpose of modular furniture are not only interconnected with the greater concepts of prefabrication in the built environment but are also inherently interconnected with the development of the modern house. The ability to mass-produce furniture and the concept of the module as a generative place-maker transformed the role of modular furniture into that of defining space or prefabricating environments.

Keywords: Design, History, Prefabrication, Interior Design, Architecture, Furniture

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 6, pp.247-258. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1013.327KB).

Prof. Deborah Schneiderman

Thesis Coordinator and Lead Faculty for The MFA ID at Parsons The New School for Design, MFA Interior Design Program School of Constructed Environments Parsons The New School for Design The New School, Parsons The New School for Design, Tempe, NY, USA

Deborah Schneiderman, RA, LEED AP is the thesis coordinator and lead faculty for the MFA ID at Parsons The New School for Design. She received her MArch in Architecture from SCI-Arc and her BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University. Professor Schneiderman’s research and writing explore sustainable built environments, the integration of sustainability into the design curriculum, and sustainability and prefabrication. Her book Inside Prefab is scheduled for release in 2012 by Princeton Architectural Press.


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