To artist Alicia Valencia 15 FD, wall coverings shouldn’t fall flat. The furniture design student constructed Wallflower Valet, a printed panel (pictured in top photo) that appears to curl over on itself. During Thursday’s opening reception for RISD’s Furniture Design departmental exhibition, visitors took turns inspecting the furry interior of the unusual installation now on display in Woods-Gerry Gallery.
Members of the public also gathered around a meticulously crafted cabinet made from Mexican jatoba wood. Joseph Sands 15 FD designed the piece to store votive candles commonly seen in Latin religious ceremonies. To add some celebratory flair, the designer silkscreened an image of a masked lucha libra fighter on the exterior of the boxy piece.
“I’m fascinated by the stories of good and evil Mexican fighters tell in the ring,” Sands notes. “The cabinet is meant to be a fun interpretation of this aspect of Latin culture.”
Elsewhere in the gallery, visitors spent time looking at a series of oddly-shaped folding chairs built by Seth Kramer 14 FD. Others enjoyed a cluster of concrete benches designed by Andrea Parikh MFA 14 FD that appear soft to the touch but are actually hard as rock (pictured in the bottom photo).
Interested in browsing the wonderful collection in person? Check out the departmental exhibition now on display through January 26 in Woods-Gerry Gallery!