FURNITURE DESIGN. Fancy taking a short course in furniture design at Central Saint Martin’s in 2018?

Rock Galpin is running 8 short courses in 2018 for those interested in learning or developing knowledge and skills to become a furniture and product designer. Interested? Follow the link to find out more and book. Studio courses as well as online.


The next course is January 22, 2018, the ONLINE course Furniture Design for Beginners. These can be take anywhere in the world.

There are places still available:

Or course based at Central Saint Martins with use of the workshops.

March 26, 2018:

July 16 , 2018:—beginners-summer-school/

3D Printing: Exciting, meaningful applications


3D printing is gathering speed with some very exciting new applications as designers use their creativity to explore how these new technologies can really be applied to the meaningful needs of today. We’ve moved on from 3D printing as an extraordinary effect and now we see a new reality emerging that can have real impact on mass, from car parts, bikes, homes to disabled and medical applications stemming from a technology which has truly extended what is now possible. Exciting times!

The Go Wheelchair by Benjamin Hubert

Connect & Unconnected Classes



The Digital vs The Physical takeover

The fascinating yet slightly daunting prospect of next steps in what might become of us, if we let it, of our worlds. The film depicting humans in Wall-E springs to mind. Ouch.

Will we really live in our heads for large amounts of time, largely disconnected from our physical worlds?

I can’t help projecting this, to use a pun, to the next level after, where I can see a world that holistically embraces both the mind and physical worlds with technologies on a very different level. Where we effectively have two bodies one on the inside and one on the outside which allows multi-layered experiences. Where we can switch from the real to the artificial world intuitively.

I do believe we need to not neglect the physical domain though. this need to develop inline…. I believe the possibility of suggestion (currently used in hypnosis) to manifest physical experiences in 3D digital space may where we are heading. RG


Furniture Design for Beginners

Short course at


29/2/16 – 1/4/16


Last few places for the Furniture Design for Beginners course at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London

Attendees from all background’s welcome, no previous training is required, just an interest and enthusiasm to learn about and practice furniture design. Studio and workshop based with highly experienced designer/teacher and technicians on board.

Follow the link if you are interested.

Furniture Design for Beginners – April 2016IMG_1198RockGalpinFurnDesignCSM1

Trees on Skyscrapers

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Ironically quite often the higher we live, the more money we pay but the more we sacrifice certain qualities of our environment, whilst arguably attaining others. Our relationship on the one hand with nature, certainly at human scale, can become largely disconnected in our high level flats souring high above the ground and any plant life . Perhaps we still do not fully appreciate the Zen inspiring sense of well being that surrounded by nature can provide. This is perhaps why, with the absence of plant life, block living can be a tenser living experience. Bring on blocks with woods, where the artificial, man made is beautifully balanced in nature and aesthetic with nature itself, the man made and organic ecosystem working in holistic unison.

La Tour des Cedres, or The Cedar Trees Tower bold project proposal by Stefano Boeri certainly is inspiration for thought. A beautiful concept melding the man made and organic, stemming from his first test project in Milan, Bosco Verticale buildings in Milan.

On a practical note I am fascinated to understand how this would work in the long term, the upkeep of tress, watering, the safely issue of falling branches and dead trees and the debris from a thousand tress vertically located, the different faces, North,S,E and W over time generating quite a different growth could also present a few challenges. This is one big test and I’m sure one that can be learnt from, worked through and solved set by step. I’m a fan.  Rock Galpin