Furniture Design

RISD established the Furniture Design department in 1995 to elevate practice and scholarship and to promote research in the field of furniture design. With an innovative curriculum and extensive studio facilities, students create work in a dynamic environment supportive of experimentation and personal growth.

RISD is committed to redefining the discipline of furniture making through an identity that is broad-based, incorporating the most relevant aspects of art, design and craft through a curriculum that promotes critical thinking and critical making. Our curriculum is designed to explore contextual issues, investigate new challenges of human interface in contemporary environments, integrate new technologies and address the complexities of our times.

The department addresses the broad field of furniture design through a range of materials, contexts and approaches. All share the common denominator of creating quality objects that enhance the experiences of people who use them, simultaneously expressing the highly individual perspectives of our talented students.