Embodied and Imbued with RISD Takes on WantedDesign

WantedDesign 2022 is all the more exciting this year, because Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) The furniture design department brought their A game. Embodied and imbued is on view at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York this week, showcasing the creative work of 12 students. Each of them had the opportunity to carry out their project from start to finish. In between, they explored research, critical discourse, conceptual development, and the exploration of materials, craftsmanship, and industrial processes. RISD’s model allows students to consider sourcing, equity, social value, meaningful utility, heritage, self-expression, and the making of objects, as well as the role of making in the social and ecological harmony. Hands-on material experimentation culminates with a full-scale piece.

Blue Girl and extruded side tables, Amelia Greteman

Embodied & Imbued’s collection of tables, chairs, hooks, textiles and various other furniture has been developed from the heart of experimentation. Unusual shapes and construction methods only add to their playful charm. The show features a Bill Carroll dust chair, made of compressed dust and other materials. Hole Punch by Spenser Atlas combines Baltic birch plywood and laminate. Other pieces include Low Caned Lounge by Grace Elwood, I-Beam Bookshelf by Jan Rybczynski, Blue Girl & Extruded Side Tables by Amelia Greteman, 90° Stove by Madeleine Young, Pulley System by Theju Nimmagadda, Cynthia’s Garden by Sam Northcut, Swell Wall Hooks by Anna Dawson, Metal Lounge by Louise Ferlet, Vessels of Spring by Isabel Yang and 15 West in the Canal by Aydan Huseynli.

light yellow curved wall hooks

Swell Wall Hooks, Anna Dawson

blue and gray building shaped tufted rug

15 west in the channel, Aydan Huseynli

metal chair

dust chair, Bill Carroll

wooden cane lounge chair

Low cane lounge, Grace Elwood

three freeform clay candle holders

Spring Vessels, Isabel Yang

three-shelf bookcase

I-Beam Library, Jan Rybczynski

black metal lounge chair

Salon Metal, Louise Ferlet

black frying pan

Stove 90º, Madeleine Young

teal, yellow and red geometric textile

Cynthia’s Garden, Sam Northcut

yellow plywood chair and side table

Hold Punch, Spenser Atlas

three-cylinder pulley system

Pulley system, Theju Nimmagadda

collection of chairs, tables, hooks, textiles and other furniture

To learn more about Embodied & Imbued, visit wanteddesign2022.risd.edu/.

Kelly Beall is an editor at Design Milk. The Pittsburgh-based graphic designer and writer has had a deep love of art and design for as long as she can remember and enjoys sharing her discoveries with others. When she’s not distracted by great art and design, she can be found messing around in the kitchen, consuming as much information as she can, or on the couch with her three pets. Find her @designcrush on social media.

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