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