Introduction to Furniture Design Course

Introduction to Furniture Design: Welding + Metal Work

More than ever, metal and metalworking are an intrinsic part of contemporary furniture design. From sensual and refined modern lines to rough-hewn industrial framework, this flexible medium allows for creative solutions that address both aesthetic and purpose. This course introduces students to furniture design through the basic techniques of welding and metal fabrication. Students are exposed to oxyacetylene and tungsten inert gas (TIG) welding, with the primary focus on TIG. Considerations of structural performance, material selection, cutting, shaping and bending, joinery and finishing techniques are reviewed. Design issues are resolved through a series of drawings and models, and welding skills are honed through several preliminary projects. For the final project, students create a finished piece of metal furniture.

Course #0807
Jim Cole

Schedule A
June 22–July 28, 2020
Mondays + Tuesdays
9 am–4 pm

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Jim Cole

Jim Cole holds an MFA in Sculpture from Cornell University and is currently a faculty member of the Department of Furniture Design at RISD. His work bridges the gap between sculpture and furniture and is in the permanent collections of many prestigious museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Craft Museum.