ID “Visiting Voices” Lecture Series Welcomes Furniture Designer Keith Fritz

– Monica Mesa, Interior Design MA student

KeithAs students of interior design, many of us have learned to integrate custom built furniture and case goods into our own studio design projects. As luck would have it, well- known American furniture maker and designer, Keith Fritz recently visited the Corcoran’s Interior Design MA rogram.  Based out of his Midwest furniture factory located in Indiana, Keith Fritz has been creating and designing custom wood furniture since he was a teenager.

The presentation by Keith Fritz gave those of us curious about the furniture design business a real first-hand look into how one begins a career in custom design where the goal of it all is to ultimately design and create what you love while earning an honest living.  Alongside hard work and hours of labor-intensive craft, Keith Fritz’s pieces reflect an ultimate American aesthetic with most recently a hint of mid-century modern inspiration.

Keith Fritz is reflected in the highly polished table he worked on in his workshop.  He draped one of his hand crafted mirrors around him. (By Bill Luster for the Washington Post Magazine) December 11, 2009

Keith Fritz is reflected in the highly polished table he worked on in his workshop. He draped one of his hand crafted mirrors around him.
(By Bill Luster for the Washington Post Magazine)
December 11, 2009

Keith Fritz has been highlighted throughout his career, most notably designing for DC politicians, including the Clintons.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to welcome such highly regarded designers to participate in the Interior Design Department’s “Visiting Voices” speaker series; a program that began last year. The program has brought in over a dozen highly regarded design professionals straight into the classroom to spend time with Corcoran students.

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