Furniture Development

We support the furniture and interior design industries with standards testing, design optimisation and the development of products, processes and their virtual presentation.

We focus on alternative, intelligent and sustainable furniture and interior design systems, furniture components made of bio-based materials and visualisation in virtual and augmented reality.

BFH’s “ultra-light particleboard” research project

Service portfolio

We provide tailored solutions for companies in the furniture and interior design sectors. We provide the following services:

We are heavily involved in teaching and continuing education. We supervise students’ projects and theses. We also frequently engage master’s students as assistants in research projects. In this way, we contribute to training the experts of the future.

We have connections with the following academic programmes and courses of continuing education:

We aim to transfer all non-confidential research into practice. To this end, we hold events and lectures, write specialist articles, conduct tours, organise workshops, and present our results at trade fairs.

Infrastructure

We have well-equipped laboratories for the professional performance of services and development mandates:

  • Furniture testing laboratory
  • Material testing laboratory
  • Virtual reality laboratory
  • Surface testing laboratory
  • Material emission testing laboratory

Areas of expertise

We support our partners and customers with our expertise and experience in the following areas:

  • Development of furniture and furnishing concepts
  • Composite materials
  • Furniture testing
  • Emissions from furniture and furnishings
  • Development of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) solutions for interior design
  • Surface finishing
  • Adhesives
  • Ecological evaluation of products and processes in furniture and interior design

Institute for Materials and Wood Technology IWH

Furniture development is one of the key focus areas of the Institute for Materials and Wood Technology IWH. At the IWH, we develop and optimise multifunctional wood and composite materials, as well as innovative products for the timber and construction industries, with a focus on the sustainable use of resources. Other key focus areas include: