NOTE: Our SUMMER PROGRAM for CHILDREN is canceled, along with all SPRING In-House classes.
Furniture Design & Making 2M20
Use inspiration to design a functional piece of furniture or work of art from start to completion. Develop a drawing, build a prototype and select materials for a one-of-a-kind, outside-the-box piece. Moving beyond basics, learn new techniques needed to complete your chosen project and to bring your woodworking skills to the next level. Limit 10 students
Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking
- Woodworking Open Shop
Andrew Riiska was introduced to his love of design and craft at a young age in Canton, Connecticut. He was an apprentice in a design studio from age 11 to 18, until he moved to attend the University of Colorado. After graduating, he relocated to open a wood shop in Brooklyn, NY named Elshopo with partners Jaren Harbertson, now of Modern Union, and George Evageliou, of Urban Home Craft. During his time in New York, he also taught woodworking techniques at Parsons New School of Design and founded Small Box Press, which published handmade books that paired artists and writers to create short stories.
In 2005, Andrew moved to downtown Los Angeles to start Riiska Design Studio, where he created studio furniture with subjects as diverse as the body (Belly Table), mythical creatures (Dragon Table) and ephemerality (Bubble Table). He has been known to craft hundreds of little wooden boxes — each one encapsulating a single marshmallow. These and other works like the Bunk Bed Side Table and the Bubble Wrap Chair elegantly combine a “green” awareness of natural and found materials with the playful sensibility of their designer, employing recycled wood, non-petrol-based finishing oils and a whimsical sense of humor.
Dedicated to carrying on the tradition of his craft, Andrew has continued to teach over the years in well known craft and design schools such as the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles CA) and Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass CO).
Andrew also works as Facilities Coordinator for the Eliot School.
Woodworking, furniture design
Dyllan Nguyen is an artist, maker and teacher.
With Brooke Scibelli, he founded Non Issue Studio, where they craft one-of-a-kind items in wood, felts and fibers: "Joining our interests in various media & processes, we make distinct handmade objects to solve everyday problems and add simple texture to life." Their work compliments our mass-produced, technology-driven world.
Dyllan's art addresses distraction, information/communication and relationships between people and objects. He enjoys learning new things, and as a result his work moves between disciplines, including (but not limited to) performance, sculpture, sound, installation, video, flat and virtual media. He also likes to take things apart. He works as Special Projects Coordinator and Summer Program Coordinator for the Eliot School, and has taught at the Eliot schoolhouse and, through our School & Community Partnership Program, at Young Achievers Pilot School and elsewhere. He also teaches at Artists for Humanity.
He holds a BFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts Collage of Art & Design and an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute/Plymouth University.
Woodworking, Tinkering & Inventing
Materials & Tools:
Come with ideas, designs and/or any materials you would like to work with. The instructor will advise you in class about lumber, hardware and other materials you may need to purchase for your project.