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