The world of contemporary studio furniture has, in large part, been defined by artists who graduated from three renowned programs on the east coast: Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and Boston University’s Program in Artisanry. These programs shared an intertwined history and a philosophy towards design that continues to shape the landscape of modern American furniture design. In the second exhibition of their “Schools of Thought” series, the New Hampshire Furniture Masters will examine the work of makers from these three programs and the ways in which their education shaped their development as artists. The show will be on view at the Furniture Masters’ Gallery, located at 49 South Main Street in Concord, NH, from Now through September 8, 2014. An opening reception will be held on July 11 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
The resurgent interest in American craft after World War II led to the creation of the School of American Craftsman at RIT in 1949 and the blossoming of the studio furniture movement in the US. The subsequent creation of furniture programs at RISD and Boston University by RIT faculty and alumni spread the gospel of quality craftsmanship and unbounded design that are the hallmarks of these programs. Freed from the constraints of traditional American design, graduates of these programs have become some of the leading voices in contemporary studio furniture.
“Schools of Thought II: East Coast Contemporaries” includes work by current Furniture Masters Jon Brooks, Gail Fredell, Garrett Hack, David Lamb, David Leach and A. Thomas Walsh
Gallery hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.