Tage Frid table

RIT Art Collection

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Collection Overview
Biographical Information for Tage Frid
Scope and Content
Subject Headings
Information for Researchers
Administrative Information

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Tage Frid table
Frid, Tage
Inclusive Date(s)
circa 1950-1961
Tage Frid coffee table is a finely handcrafted wood coffee table. Mr. Frid was a workworking instructor for the School for American Craftsmen from 1950-1961.
5.0 Linear feet
Dimensions note
The table measures 17 inches in height, 60 inches in length, and 17 inches at its' widest point.
Tage Frid table is located in the Rochester Institute of Technology Archives reading room.
RIT Archive Collections
RIT Libraries
Wallace Center
90 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York, 14623
(585) 475-2557

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Biographical Information for Tage Frid (Collapse)

Tage Frid was a native of Denmark who helped revive the art of handmade furniture in the United States. Mr. Frid, who was long associated with the Rhode Island School of Design, was both a highly influential teacher and an innovator whose approach was at odds with that of many furniture designers. Mr. Frid arrived in the United States in 1948 along with his friend Jack Prip, a silversmith, after being recruited by Mrs. Aileen Webb, founder of the American Crafts Council, to teach at the new School for American Craftsmen in Alfred, New York. Tage moved with the school when it was shifted to  Rochester Institute of Technology in 1950. In 1962, he left for the Rhode Island School of Design to head its department of woodworking and furniture design until his retirement. Beginning in the mid-1970s, Mr. Frid began to reach woodworking students outside his classes. He was a force in starting Fine Woodworking magazine. Mr. Frid's foremost writing achievement, the three-volume ''Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking'' (Taunton Press, 1993), is still in print and remains one of the most respected set of manuals on the subject. Tage Frid died in 2004.

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The Tage Frid table was handcrafted by Mr. Frid in the 1950's while he was a woodworking instructor at the School for American Craftsmen (SAC) at Rochester Institute of Technology. (RIT) The piece typifies the sleek contemporary Danish design that Mr. Frid is well-known for. The table's surface is made from three planks of what could possibly be mahogany. It is convex in shape, wider in the center and narrower at both ends. The table was purchased by Mr. Robert Johnson in the 1950's and was in his possession until 2009 when he donated it to RIT.

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Tage Frid table is one item.

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Subject Headings (Collapse)

Personal Name(s)

  • Frid, Tage
  • Johnson, Robert Bradley

Corporate Name(s)

  • Rochester Institute of Technology. School for American Craftsmen.


  • Furniture making
  • Woodworking class


  • Furniture

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Preferred Citation

Tage Frid table, RIT Archive Collections

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open to researchers.

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Collection ID


Accession Information

The Tage Frid table was donated by Robert Johnson, who also donated the Franz Wildenhain ceramic pots. Accession number(s): 10:68

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Jody Sidlauskas in September 2011.

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Tage Frid at Art on Campus, Rochester Institute of Technology

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