RISD Senior Show — Furniture Design

(4.23) I wonder what the art school definition of “furniture” even is. No matter. All I know is that this year’s Furniture Design Show, “A Room Full of Chairs and Nowhere to Sit,” is very entertaining. There’s lots of whimsy, from the cocktail shaker set made out of a gourd to the fantastic wheelbarrow chair for the farmer in your life, but there is also great skill on display. Don’t miss the inlaid wood details in the outrigger paddles.

Seen here is ‘Here’s to you. . .’ by Daniel Enrique Torres Marrero, made of tricycle, steel, hardware, acrylic paint.

Museum hours: Friday, Saturday & Monday, 10am to 5pm/ Sunday, 2pm to 5pm/ Tuesday, 10am to 4pm. Closed Wednesday & Thursday.

The reception the night before on Thursday is usually a boisterous student party — particularly in the warm weather when it spills out on the terrace; these can be fun to attend but are not ideal for viewing the work. Each show is pulled down at the end of Tuesday.

Coming up: April 19-23, Furniture Design/ April 26, Printmaking and Ceramics. Go here for complete schedule and gallery info.

Free, Woods-Gerry Gallery, 62 Prospect Street, (directions)


Looking a little more like furniture is ‘Seed Keepers Cabinet’ made out of found materials, metal, wood, shellac, and pigment by Rusty Adelstein.

Lots of chairs: ‘Taxidermy Tree’ is a patchwork of birch bark, birch plywood, and birch heartwood by Cameron Lasson.


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