The Lounge Chair (1956) by designers Ray and Charles Eames, the Knotted Chair (1996) by Marcel Wanders, the scrapwood furniture designed by Piet Hein Eek and the Panton Chair (1960) by Verner Panton have all become famous pieces of furniture. The designs are timeless and replicas have become very popular in today's interiors. The designers themselves sometimes virtually attain star status. We also admire the makers for their craft and eye for taste and detail.

This course introduces you to the techniques of furniture design. How do you cut to size or in an angle? What joints are there? What can you do with a router? You will also learn about bending wood, working with veneer and finishing.

During the course, you can choose from two projects. You can get started with a small object of your own design (a stool, lamp or table) or for those who mainly want to learn techniques, there is an assignment available that you can customize to your own taste. The focus of this course is not on the result, but on gaining inspiration and learning what is possible in the field of furniture design.

After this course, you can further refine their project at the Open Studio.

Schedule & enrolment


Nora van Krimpen

Nora van Krimpen worked as a cabinet maker, specialised in ship accommodations between 1999 and 2007. Hereafter, she started working as an instructor woodworking at the Academy of Arts in Rotterdam (The Willem de Kooning Academy) and never left. The past five years, she has combined this with working for her own design studio; igNor. As a teacher, Nora uses both digital and artisanal techniques. This combination provides the most optimal space for artistic self- development, consolidation of knowledge and skills and originality.