Offline workshop on the product design process
Make a Coffee Table

Experiment with the dynamic process of design, and for 3 intense days, get inspired by the fresh, creative energy in Tbilisi
13-15 November 2020
3 days
27 Av Rustaveli, Tbilisi
About Workshop
We see and use furniture every day and as designers, we realise the hard work process behind and how each process gives us a unique experience.

Every new project is
a learning challenge, not just for beginners, but also for professionals.
The workshop's goal is
to guide you through
the process of product design, in this case a furniture piece, but the process we will work on can be applied to anything you want.

We will help you step by step to put your concept together, with different technics and get a final result of you design.
For participants:
The workshop will be
"face-to-face" and
together with organizers, all the participants will meet in Tbilisi.

The curators will guide the workshop online
from Barcelona by zoom.

Workshop duration:
Friday: 18.00-21.00
Saturday: 11.00-18.00
Sunday: 11.00-18.00

COVID-19 security:
Our goal is to have fun
in a safe environment.
The workshop is organized according
to security recommendations against the virus.

«It is inspiring to see how Fernando is always trying to find better ways in which aesthetics and functionality can come together», — Valeria Canal, architect

For Whom

Creativity is essential
All creative people who want to put into practice the skills to convey their ideas using one or more representation techniques: drawing, collage, model, 3D and others.
Students and professionals
A student, beginner or experienced, the dynamic process of the workshop will guide you to discover new aspects about yourself.

«Design is not what it looks like, design is how it
works», — Steve Jobs

What materials should you bring to workshop?

Material for sketching: paper, pencils, markers
or other materials that you usually use to draw.
During the workshop you will need to bring some materials according to the representation technique
you decide to choose for your project.
It is preferable to bring a laptop.
«You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have», — Maya Angelou, artist, activist

Your skills after the workshop

The workshop is an opportunity to collaborate with
other talented creatives for improve your design and group work skills.
Discover new abilities in yourself by experimenting
with different creative representation techniques
of your concepts.
Design a piece of furniture and develop your ability of
direction of creative process from start to finish.
Improve your skill of experiment with your own language/touch/mark as a designer.
«Raffaella is passionate about design and creativity. Her commitment, open mind and ability to explore different solutions for new problems is compelling»,
— Claudia Oliva, Director at Hayon Studio
Via Zoom, Fernando an Raffaella will guide you all 3 days, during the design process by sharing their vision and experience
Fernando Valle Callejas
Architect & Furniture designer

Fernando is an Nicaraguan Architect specialized in Sustainable Architecture and with Master in Furniture Design. Currently he works based mostly in Barcelona and Oslo. He combines his architectural work with his creative restlessness in furniture design and photography.

«Since I started studying architecture, I put a lot of emphasis on the furniture that went on the buildings that I was designing by making them specifically and uniquely for that project. In my last year of studies, there was an entrepreneur fair happening where all the students had to create a brand and a product. I decided to participate and I ended up winning with a furniture brand I helped create. That's when all clicked and since then I've been designing furniture.

Most of the time, I'm inspired by art and culture. Sometimes I could be watching a movie and with just one scene I can get the inspiration for a building or a piece of furniture. I've worked in different countries and to feel the energy of the place... it changes the whole mood, and that's what excites me from this workshop, that we are going to be able to exchange culture and ideas», — Fernando Valle
Raffaella Grisolia
Raffaella is an Artist and an Interior & Furniture Designer from Republica Dominicana. Currently she lives & work in Barcelona where she combines her passion for design, photography & aesthetics.

«I was always very interested in the subject of design, when it came to interiors I related it a lot to psychology, how different colours or shapes made the user react in different ways, then when I entered the world of furniture / product design I was fascinated by the idea of creating something that later became a real object, it still seems incredible to me, that an idea / image in my mind can exist in the physical world.

I am inspired by nature, simplicity but above all, functionality, I think it is the most valuable aspect in any design.

I think that all designers feel that passion to teach, or more than anything to talk and discuss about these issues, the materials, the shapes, the whole process and of course, what better situation to do this than with a group of people who are also inspired and want to learn more about this subject», — Raffaella Grisolia
Fernando and Raffaella met working together during the Master of Furniture Design in Elisava — University School of Design and Engineering in Barcelona, taught by the professor Christophe Mathieu:

«The Master`s goal was the realization of the entire product design process, from the idea, through technical development to it`s full execution. Fernando and Raffaella proposed to design a coat hanger which result was a solid, practical, light product, whose execution turned out to be impeccable», — Christophe Mathieu
Workshop Program
13 November, Friday, 18.00 - 21.00
13 November, Friday, 18.00 - 21.00
Workshop introduction
— Presentation of the designers,
— Introduction to design process with example,
— Explanation of the task of the workshop & phases (coffee table),
— Creation of work groups.
14 November, Saturday, 11.00-18.00
14 November, Saturday, 11.00-18.00
Working process
Phase 1
— Definition of the concept,
— Presentation & Feedback to each group,
— Explanation of phase 2.

Phase 2
— Create 3-4 alternatives of the design you want to do,
— Presentation & Feedback to pick one of them.

Phase 3
— Development of the best idea based on the discussion,
— Presentation & last feedback of the day.
13 November, Sunday, 11.00-18.00
13 November, Sunday, 11.00-18.00
Final presentation
Phase 4
— Presentation of progress & Feedback to each group,
— Last development of the progress.

Phase 5
— Final presentation.
Free Workshop Access
We have limited places, so once you apply to participate, please wait for the confirmation by email.

You bring materials to the workshop that you enjoy working with.

It can be cardboard, papier-mache, threads, colored sheets, paper tape. We will advise you on the materials during the first meeting.
The number of participants is limited to 15 people for more comfortable studying
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Автор текста и курса Tatia Khutsishvili
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