“You are already behind!” – The warning heeded to us on the first day of Furniture Studio by instructor Kimo Griggs, crushing our hopes of being ahead with models worked on over the break – is now ever present as we are within four weeks off final review. Unlike most of our preceding studios, we are not only designing but manufacturing something that will live on in our homes and lives. Careful detailing, strategizing and flexibility are necessary in order to craft a beautifully designed piece of furniture, along with laughter, patience and copious amounts of coffee. I’ve been asked by friends and family, “What does furniture making have to do with studying architecture?” The short answer: everything! In many ways these are architectural pieces of their own, derived from the same design process. Workmanship detailed on paper must be solved with real material properties, simple solutions, and hard hands-on work when translated to real scale. Thankfully for us, we have our gurus, Kimo, Penny Maulden and Steve Withycombe to guide us past any hurdles we encounter.