FF&E is an extensive subject. Making the initial selections is just the tip of the iceberg. Selecting FF&E also involves a lot of technical and legal issues, such as flammability and code requirements.
Furniture, Finishes, Equipment and Lighting
Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment–aka FF&E, is a big part of the designer’s responsibility.
It’s not enough to select FF&E is that just looks good. Designers research product information to evaluate and specify FF&E most appropriate for the specific project. Factors include important life safety considerations like flammability, toxicity, and slip resistance.
FF&E doesn’t just deal with aesthetics of design selections. Product and material coordination involves many technical specifications and life safety requirements.
And none of the design installation can happen without understanding lead time and procurement procedures.
Topics on both the IDFX and IDPX exams include:
Textiles including wall, floor, and window treatments
Acoustics and ceiling treatments
Lighting (e.g., light sources, fixtures, calculations, distribution color rendering)
Furniture and equipment
Product components (e.g., types, assembly, methods)
Material detail drawings (e.g., custom products)
Lead time (e.g., manufacturing time, delivery)
Life safety (e.g., flammability, toxicity, slip resistance)
Maintenance documents (e.g., warranties, manuals)
Existing FF&E inventory documentation
Procurement procedures (e.g., purchase orders, prepayment requirements)
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In 2013, California announced plans to transform its fire safety standards by dropping the 1975 law that required foam used in furniture cushions to withstand a 12-second exposure to small, open flame.
How does this requirement relate to designers planning to take the NCIDQ exam?
On the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam, this regulation change could apply to Content Area 4: Knowledge of and skill in sourcing and research as it relates to manufacturers’ and vendors’ information regarding furniture, fixtures, and equipment, For example: Life safety (e.g., flammability, toxicity)
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