Risk and Certainty in Uncertain Times
The exhibition Risk and Certainty in Uncertain Times features work by RISD Furniture Design alumni, which demonstrates how our students transform their educational experience into successful professional practices. The furniture, lighting and product design shown here express various concepts and points of view and have been either mass-produced by established manufacturers, batch-produced or made by the designers themselves.

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) has earned an international reputation as the leading college of art and design in the United States. Approximately 2,400 students from around the world study at RISD, pursuing full-time bachelor’s or master’s degree programs in a choice of 19 studio majors. RISD is known for its phenomenal faculty of artists and designers, the breadth of its specialized facilities and its hands-on, studio-based approach to learning — one in which critical thinking informs making works by hand. Required courses in the liberal arts provide an essential complement to studio work, enabling graduates to become critical and informed individuals eager to engage with the world. Through the accomplishments of its 26,000 alumni, the college champions the vital role artists and designers play in satisfying the global demand for innovation. Founded in 1877, RISD (pronounced “RIZ-dee”) and the RISD Museum of Art help make Providence, RI, among the most culturally active and creative cities in the region.

The Department of Furniture Design educates students in a broad range of design areas delineated as FORM — furniture, objects, research and materials. Students develop their ability to conceptualize and realize their vision by designing and building objects to scale using a wide variety of materials. Through the department’s sequenced curriculum, they investigate emerging challenges posed by technology, materials, economic and ecological conditions and changes in societal patterns.