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Career as Furniture Designer

Furniture manufacturing has evolved from a simple artisan based skilled occupation to a modern industry. The new professionals on the block are the Industrial Product (furniture) Designers who use a variety of new materials and technology to create furniture designs which meet functional and aesthetic standards. They also design unique designer pieces to cater to client's specifications.

Job Profile

Career as Furniture Designer
Furniture Designers
  • Design furniture which has aesthetic appeal, meets functional requirements and is creative
  • Design a range of furniture and utility products for interiors, homes, offices, hotels, restaurants, aircrafts, ships etc.
  • Research for innovative concepts and experiment with new ideas, designs and products
  • Prepare drafts with computer aided design software according to specifications of clients
  • Make presentations to the client to explain their design, materials used and costing
  • Prepare prototypes of the design keeping in mind safety issues, practicality, materials for the final product
  • Work in close association with design engineers, craftsmen, production department and the marketing team
  • Oversee the production process
  • Track feedback and marketing outcomes of their designed product
  • May specialize in designing furniture for specific use

Employment Opportunities

  • Furniture manufacturers
  • Passenger ship manufacturers
  • Aircraft manufacturers
  • Hospital equipment manufacturers
  • Craft manufacturers
  • Hotels and resorts
  • Damro
  • Durian
  • Usha Lexus Furniture
  • Wipro Furniture

How do I get there?

  • Std XII

    Stream: Any

  • Entrance Exam


  • B.Des>M.Des

    Furniture/Product**Design ...

  • Goal

    Furniture Designer

*NID Bachelor of Design

Eligibility : Max.20 yrs relaxable 3 yrs.

XII Any subject

NID Master of Design

Eligibility: Max 30 years (relaxable by three years for reserved category) Bachelor’s degree in any discipline under the 10+2+4/ Diploma in Design under the 10+2+4 system/ Bachelor’s degree in any discipline under the 10+2+3

NID Selection process- Students to all design courses are selected through a two-stage competitive exam which tests knowledge, skills and special abilities of candidates.

Stage1: Design Aptitude Test (DAT) Prelims is conducted at various test centers across India. DAT Prelims is a 2 part test of 3 hour duration. It tests : Knowledge, Comprehension, Analysis, Creativity, Visualization.

Part I: Multiple-choice questions marked out of 70 points.

Part II: Subjective questions marked out of 30 points, with responses to visual and/or written formats. The question paper is in English. All questions are compulsory. There is no negative marking.

Stage 2: Candidates shortlisted after the DAT Prelims appear for DAT Main. The test center is at NID Ahmedabad.

DAT Mains has two parts:

1-Studio Test:  which consists of tests in different formats such as drawing/sketching, hands-on model making, group discussions etc. (100 marks)

2-Interviews: for each discipline

**Bachelor in Design in Product Design

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