Tage Frid, American, Stool, 1982, Walnut; 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.