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Investigating Structure

Investigating Structure

When furniture designer Lothar Windels BID 96 first started working with wool felt, he was a grad student at the Royal College of Art in London eager to solve one very specific challenge: how to make felt structural.

“It’s always more interesting to discover a project’s core principal and put aesthetic concerns on the back burner—to design from the inside out,” says Windels, a longtime Furniture Design professor who currently heads the department.

Since then Windels’ award-winning Joseph Felt chair has been exhibited in Berlin, Boston, London, Milan, Munich, Tokyo and Zurich. He has continued to revise and refine the design over the years, developing a striking gray and red version in 2003 for the permanent collection at the RISD Museum.

Now Windels has donated a new take on the chair (with improved hardware for simpler assembly) for use in the President’s House at RISD, which showcases art and design work by a wide range of students, faculty members and alumni.

The Beauty of Beech + Bamboo

Professors John Dunnigan MFA 80 ID and Lothar Windels BID 96 create the Rhye Collection of furniture for RISD's new residence hall.

Alumni Collaborate on a New Classic

Lothar Windels BID 96, head of Furniture Design, works with Sara Ossana MIA 05 and Jonathan Glatt MFA 04 JM of O&G Studio to design the Sakonnet chair.

Leaning Local

Asher Rodriquez-Dunn 08 ID and his Studio DUNN team have made a home in Providence and a name for themselves in the world of furniture and lighting design.