Furniture Design: Potential Careers | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Furniture Design: Potential Careers

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Purchases product lines of furniture and accessories from manufacturers and furniture makers to be sold in retail stores. Stays up-to-date on industry trends and consumer behaviors.

Fixture Designer

Develops and designs retail store fixtures, display units, and mannequins.

Furniture Designer

Creates furniture for everything from mass production to custom or "art furniture." Customizes and produces for individual residences, museums, specialty stores, and other businesses that have specific needs.

Furniture Fabricator

Constructs furniture in an assembly-type fashion or aids with custom construction, using expert craftsmanship and attention to detail.

Lighting Designer

Entailing a wide range of work, designs specialized theater or interior lighting to lighting for retail sale.

Interior Designer

Works with clients to create a comfortable and aesthetically pleasing interior space. Needs to consider environmental factors, building history, and general rules of two- and three-dimensional design in addition to the client's vision when designing for a space.