Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ID 123
Course Title:
History of Furniture-1800 to Present
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Course Description

Presents an analysis of interior design and furnishings from the 19th century to the present. Includes contemporary usage as well as the mixing of period furniture styles. Prerequisites: WR 115 or placement into WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Any student who completes this class will:

  1. Identify historic furniture and interior styles.
  2. Use research and presentation skills to inform others about historic interiors.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. Compile a study notebook illustrating historic interiors and furniture styles of Western Civilizations. Use professional vocabulary to label illustrations.
  2. Demonstrate ability to recognize and analyze historic interiors and furniture by taking two exams. 
  3. Present a written and oral report of the design work of an influential interior/furniture designer. 
  4. Participate/ contribute to class discussions

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


  1. The student will develop the ability to analyze interior elements in terms of historic reference, line, pattern, color, motif and materials.
  2. The student will develop ability to use written, visual and oral presentation skills.

The following Themes, Issues and Concepts will have increased meaning to the student as a result of this course:

  • meet client needs
  • create aesthetically pleasing environments 
  • create historically accurate interior spaces


  • social implications of interior styles
  • combining historic styles 
  • what constitutes a well designed piece of furniture


  • furniture styles
  • architectural elements of a style 
  • development of a style by historic designers