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Tage Frid


Tage Frid, designer American, 1915-2004
Stool, 1982
77.5 x 48.3 x 38.1 cm (30 1/2 x 19 x 15 inches)
Gift of the Rhode Island School of Design Class of 1982 82.178

  • The simple and elegant design of Frid’s signature Stool uses balance and good proportion to overcome the usually tipsy nature of three-legged chairs. He developed the prototype for this stool after sitting comfortably for several hours on a six-inch-wide rail at a horse show, which inspired him to devise the smallest seat comfortable to the human body. Having become a master craftsman through Denmark’s apprentice system, Frid proclaimed that his work always began with construction rather than design. As a leading force in the Studio Craft movement, Frid was active in reviving the art of handmade furniture in America. Frid established the furniture-design program at RISD in 1962 and, through his manual, Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, set the curriculum by which furniture-making is taught in the academic setting.

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