Furniture Design semantics

Colour, shape, and material are important in furniture design because the meaning and symbolism of a piece of furniture can influence how it is perceived by the people who interact with it.

We offer advice on the meaningful application of colour, shape, and material in furniture design.
Analysis of the shape of a drinking glass

Understanding the semantics of furniture design can help designers create pieces that effectively communicate the intended message and function to the user.

We perform analyses by researching the underlying meaning of the present visual elements in a furniture design. We indicate the emotional message which is aroused at the recipient and analyse the universality of the message. We examine to what extent the existing communication contains the necessary semantic elements to send the aimed message successfully.

Overall, the semantics of furniture design play a crucial role in both the aesthetic and functional aspects of a piece, and it is important for designers to consider these elements in order to create pieces that are both visually appealing and functional.

We assist your design choices and share our expertise by participating in brainstorm sessions.


Semantic Colour Space

A logic model to deal with the design of meaning

Design Semantics Database

Online and free application

ID color palette generator

ID Colour Test

Decorate your online & offline world with a colour palette matching your individual needs.


Keyword analyser

From keyword to colour and shape

shapes modelled in clay

Shape analyser

From shape to meaning

Function analyser

From function to colour and shape


Articles & Cases

Turn colour advice into fun

Isolation and loneliness in colour

Colours for ‘curiosity’

Design Semantics Database – Analysing the UEFA Champions League visual communication

Design Semantics Database – The vampire analysed

Creating a visual for a conference on infectious diseases

Sound and colour of femininity

Design Semantics Database – Analysing the UEFA Champions League visual communication

Personality Colour Test

Design semantics becomes important

Healthcare visual communication

Colours of power and speed

Gold winner Kleenex Feeling-campaign: excellent use of universal visual language.

Is language genetically coded?

Universality in cross-cultural marketing communication

Schiphol new logo: the colours

Schiphol new logo: the shape