Course Description:

This course examines both mass market and custom soft goods, and introduces students to the analytical methods for determining appropriate choices for designing and selecting soft goods for a sustainable interior.  Upholstery frames, fillings, and finish textiles for furnishings, as well as window treatments and floor coverings are covered.  Both new and remanufactured goods are explored, along with issues related to sourcing and transportation.

Educational Objectives:

  • Understanding the role of soft goods in the creation of environmentally responsible interiors.
  • Understanding how soft good can contribute to indoor environmental quality.
  • Familiarity with the methods of evaluating textile based interior finishes and furnishings.
  • Understanding of the component parts of all decorative soft goods from frames, and fillings, to adhesives, and finishing options.
  • Familiarity with certification programs that apply to the soft goods market.
  • Familiarity with the roles of materials reuse in LEED certification (MR 3.2 Materials Reuse- Furniture and Furnishings), (MR 4 – Recycled Content), (MR 5 – Regional Materials) and (MR 6 – Rapidly Renewable Materials).
  • Understanding of new and remanufactured options in satisfying end-user goals.
  • Understanding of transportation economics and labor issues in the selection process.

Professor:  Janet Hild

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