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Estero, Fla. (March 9, 2009) – Richard Geary, president of an award winning interior and furniture design firm in Naples, Fla., will teach Furniture Design and Construction at the Institute of Interior Design, located within the International Design Center in Estero, Fla. The class will be held on Tuesdays from 8:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. from April 7 through June 16.

Geary has won numerous awards for design excellence in a career spanning 37 years. Recently his firm was a winner in the coveted Sub-Zero and Wolf kitchen design competition. The Geary Design firm typically designs more than 75 percent of the furniture, hardware, rugs and lighting used in design projects.

After attending the school of Architecture and Design at Ohio University where he studied Interior Design, Architecture and Environmental Design, Geary continued his professional education at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He maintains an interior design license in the State of Florida and has practiced throughout the United States, Mexico and in Europe.

Geary has been a valuable adjunct and supporter of the Institute of Interior Design since its inception. He has taught History of Modern Furniture and Furniture Construction at the University of Florida and was a long-time member of its Interior Design Curriculum Advisory Board.

The Institute of Interior Design’s Furniture Design and Construction course will include the theory and practice of furniture design and practical methods of construction as well as the preparation of design documentation and specifications of materials and hardware. The course surveys materials and machinery and covers current production methods.

Upon completion of the course, students will: achieve an understanding of the methods of documentation in furniture design; execute furniture design from concept to working drawings; articulate appropriate material selection, hardware and finishes; exhibit knowledge based on function and end use; understand the functions of the machinery used in furniture construction; know about the processing of wood, metal, stone and glass and how to design with the parameters of the material; comprehend the principles and methods of working with subcontractors and craftsmen to implement their designs; and demonstrate the skills necessary to present and market a furniture design to a client.

The Institute of Interior Design is an accredited private, nonprofit institution located within the International Design Center in Estero, Fla. It offers an unparalleled learning environment by surrounding its students with experienced professional designers, exceptional working materials and the resources needed to realize a future in interior design. For more information, call toll free (888) 526-7973 or visit

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