Nathaniel Smith

After receiving a BA in creative arts, Nathaniel Smith traveled to Denmark to attend the graduate program at the Danish Design School in Copenhagen. After completing the four-year program and a stint with Arnie Jabobsen's studio Dessing and Weitling, Nathaniel co-founded ARK Design Studio. With a design philosophy that both architecture and art should merge to create usable art, ARK quickly established itself as a known entity and exhibited throughout Scandinavia and Germany. ARK Design products sold very well and as far away as Japan and the USA.

Returning to the US to work for the world renowned furniture company PlyCraft Inc. and subsequently, BackSaver Products, Nathaniel Smith's designs emphasized ergonomics and health. At BackSaver Nathaniel designed several zero gravity recliners that would revolutionize the way we recline and relax.

Today, Nathaniel Smith Design produces exceptional comfort products including ergo-forms™, which are available at several specialty retail stores throughout the country.

With a keen interest in teaching and sharing the knowledge gained through years of experience, Nathaniel teaches and instructs part time at Rhode Island School of Design on topics that range from rapid prototype printing and cnc work to upholstery and ergonomic instruction.

Fall 2018 Courses

  • FURN-8965-02 Collaborative Study

Wintersession 2019 Courses

  • FURN-2407-01 Exploring Upholstery From The Basics To The Extreme


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles Theory + History of Art + Design