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Seth Stem

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Seth Stem has been a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design since 1980, where he teaches furniture design and woodworking in the Department of Industrial Design.  In a professional context Seth is currently designing "Ready to Assemble Furniture" made of wood and natural fiber composite materials that is being produced in various countries of Asia for his clients. He has designed furniture for Directions East of Bethel, Ct, Lloyd Flanders Industries of Menominee, Michigan, Mehitabel of Cebu, Philippines, and Maria Yee Inc. of San Jose, California among others. In 2003 Stem was a finalist for the American Society of Furniture Designers Pinnacle Award in the Occasional Furniture category for one of his patented products.   Prior to designing furniture for the industry, Seth designed and made furniture that was extensively exhibited in museums and galleries in the USA. He is the author of Designing Furniture, a book that describes and analyzes visual design elements and design methodology, published by the Taunton Press, Newtown, CT in 1989.  

In recent years Seth designed a "Neighborhood Electric Vehicle" and is in the building process of this project.

Seth has lectured about furniture design at numerous venues in the USA as well as in Nova Scotia, Vietnam and Korea.  He was a juror for the FLIP Furniture Design Competition in Singapore, 2007, the 2005 Pinnacle Award in association with the American Society of Furniture Designers,  Design Emphasis at the International Woodworking Fair, Atlanta, Georgia in 1992, Table, Lamp, and Chair, Portland, Oregon in 1990, and the International KD Furniture Exhibition, New York, NY, 1985. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Central America and parts of Africa. Seth has a home and design studio in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.


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