John Dunnigan

John Dunnigan, photo by Scott Lapham.

John Dunnigan, photo by Scott Lapham.

John Dunnigan is a designer, maker, and educator. A native of Providence, Dunnigan is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, with an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. His work involves a range of contexts, materials, and processes, but it is driven by a consistent interest in things as an expression of the interdependent relationships among culture, technology, and identity. In his more recent work, he is motivated by the pursuit of what he calls “Practical Solutions to Oblique Problems.” Dunnigan’s furniture has been shown in over one hundred exhibitions, including ten solo exhibitions, and is included in collections such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the National Museum of American Art. He is a partner in DEZCO furniture design llc, a company dedicated to sustainable practices in design for mass production. Dunnigan is a professor and Chair of the Department of Furniture Design at RISD.

Source: NetWorks 2013 – 2014 Catalogue


Table Lamp, 2014
Reclaimed Padouk, brass, 72 x 38 x 14 in.


Video: Richard Goulis
Mandocello Exercises – John Dunnigan
Dovetail Blues, National Blues – Mark Sherman
Still Photography:
Roger Birn
Ric Murray
Erik Gould
Additional photography: Robert Frost, Library of Congress
Executive Producer: Joseph A. Chazan, M.D.

Additional Resources:

RISD Faculty Bio

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- Highlighting the work of selected artists who have played vital roles in shaping the contemporary visual arts community in Rhode Island. This collection of brief video portraits provides a window into the lives, practices, and cultural contributions of professional artists.

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