Lothar Windels

Lothar Windels’ work focuses on furniture and product design ranging from mass-produced to one-of-a-kind pieces. Born in Germany, he earned a BID from RISD and a Master’s in Design Products from the Royal College of Art in London. He runs a studio in Boston and teaches in RISD’s Furniture Design department.

Windels’ projects include the Joseph Felt Chair, which has been featured in exhibitions in Berlin, Boston, London, Milan, Munich, Tokyo and Zurich. His work has appeared in several books and magazines, including Abitare, Design Report, Frame, Elle Decoration, ID Magazine, Interni, MD Moebel Interior Design, Metropolis, Newsweek and The World of Interiors. His recent research focuses on active seating, a design approach that provides a better overall sitting experience by dynamically supporting the human body in motion. The Canadian office furniture manufacture Nienkämper produces his Brackett Chair, which has won a Design Journal Platinum Award for Design Excellence. His other clients include Converse, Inflate, Swarovski, Umbra and the Vitra Design Museum.

Academic research/areas of interest

  • Material Research: Low-tech, hands-on investigation to discover innovative design solutions.
  • Design for Production: Utilizing contemporary materials and processes to achieve simplicity that supports human interactions.
  • Ergonomic Seating: Dynamic support of the human body to create a better work environment that fosters well-being

Fall 2018 Courses

  • FURN-2521-01 Design & Processes

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • FURN-8960-01 Professional Internship
  • NMSE-8960-05 Professional Internship

Spring 2019 Courses

  • FURN-2521-01 Design & Processes
  • FURN-8960-01 Professional Internship
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
  • BID, Rhode Island School of Design
  • MID, Royal College of Art


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