Furniture Design at RISD offers an intensive immersion in materials research and exploration in the process of making furniture and objects. Students investigate some of the most important questions facing designers today—from how to take advantage of changing technologies and new materials, to how to respond to variable economic conditions and evolving lifestyles.
In the studio
Furniture Design majors are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials and approaches while focusing on human factors and sustainable, responsible design.
Furniture Design graduates go on to become thinker/makers who follow a variety of paths, from launching their own businesses making furniture and/or other objects to working as commercial product designers, teaching, running galleries and more.
RISD Furniture Design students participated in the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) + WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDesign 2023.
Students in two spring 2023 studios used scientific methodologies combined with design thinking to explore collaborative future living.
Furniture designer Urvi Sharma and painter Anna Weyant are both included in this year’s Art & Style list, bringing the total number of RISD alums cited over the years to 51.