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Price includes Museum admission

By Mark Sfirri

Of all of the types of furniture that are made, designing a comfortable, attractive, structurally sound chair is the most challenging.  Mark Sfirri will explore what goes into designing and engineering chairs and show examples of different solutions to chair design. Mark Sfirri received his MFA in furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design.  He is a furniture maker and sculptor who incorporates lathe-turned forms, often turned on multiple axes, in his work. He has demonstrated his techniques throughout North America and Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand. His work is included in twenty-seven public collections. Sfirri is professor emeritus from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania where he ran the Fine Woodworking Program from 1981 to 2017.  He has received two national awards:  the “Distinguished Educator Award” in 2010 from the Renwick Alliance of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institutions and, in 2012, a “Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Collectors of Wood Art.

Image: Designed and manufactured by Vivian Beer (b. 1977), Penland, NC. Current, 2004. Photo by Douglas J. Eng.