Professional Furniture Design 01 | Studio Course

Location at in5 FAB LAB, Design District, Dubai
(5 1/2days) Sunday to Thursday, (Jan 9-13), 9am – 1pm
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The Client, Design Process, Ideation and Concept Development
On this packed course you will learn about the client, working to a brief, the Design Process, how to originate exciting ideas, explore materials, consider production and develop and test concepts in 2D and with 3D desktop Model Making
This course may be taken separately, but also leads naturally into Furniture Design 02 | Workshops Course where your designs can be developed further in 3D in the Workshops with trained technicians.

What’s covered on the course

  • Research planning
  • The Design Brief
  • Design Tools – Client Decoding
  • Designer Palette
  • The Design Process
  • Drawing skills
  • Idea origination
  • Concept Development in 2D
  • Materials & Manufacturing Processes
  • Ergonomics and working to scale
  • Concept Development using 3D desktop Sketch Modelmaking

Who is the course suitable for

This course is suitable for Interior Designers, Architects, Designers and students; anyone with a strong interest and enthusiasm to develop their own furniture designs. No previous experience is necessary.

What you’ll come away with

You will complete the course with a project folio of work showing your creative journey with presentation ‘boards’, sketches, drawings and simple desktop sketch models.

What this course gives you

This course will give you the theoretical basis for what is required to become a Professional Furniture/Product Designer, and when taken with Furniture Design 02 | Workshops Course, you will have the theory, design process and 3D development know how and skills to take ideas from brief to 3D realisation. This course will also aid successful applications onto a Product of Furniture Design degree or Masters course.


  • No requirements are necessary other than the enthusiasm to learn and explore your ideas
  • No software skills are required, although if have them they can certainly be used


  • You will have ONLINE access to the class content for the course which will also include further knowledge, references and exercises
  • Standard art materials and equipment, such as layout pads, scalpels etc and studio model making materials along with standard workshop materials will all be included.

Note: Specialist model making materials and art equipment with not be included.

What you need to bring with you

A camera, or phone camera, a sketch book, a set of pencils HB to 8B. A 300mm ruler, set square and compass.


Go to in5 Reception who will direct you to the Studio. Address, In5 Design Building, D3 – Dubai +9718002465


Rock Galpin is an established, award winning designer from London. He has over 30 years industry experience as a specialist furniture and product designer, running his own Design Agency in Central London and now Dubai.

Rock has also been teaching part time for over 23 years as a Seniors Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of The Arts London on BA Product Design and MA Industrial Design and MA Design courses, along with running his own online and classroom short courses for the University.

More information and examples of work can be found at


Professional Furniture Design
Time: All Classes are 9am to 1pm.

Professional Furniture Design 01 | Studio Course AED4200 (5 1/2Days)
Professional Furniture Design 01 & 02 | Studio Course AED8900 (10 days @ discounted rate)
Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment..Last bookings 3 days before start date.


Please make your payment to
Mr Rock Galpin (Rock Galpin Studio)
Emirates NBD
A/C 1015777005801
IBAN AE820260001015777005801
ROCKFD01 (for Furniture Design 01)
ROCKFD0102 (for Furniture Design 01 & 02)


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Rock Galpin
+971 (0)58 120 8655
WhatsApp +447956171719

We have a minimum booking number to run the course. In the unlikely event that booked numbers are below minimum numbers, we will have to cancel this course, in which case you will be refunded, in full, within 24 hours of the course confirmation date, which is 3 days before a course is scheduled to start.