Samuel Aguirre
Credenza 01

Abaca Fiber, Corn Starch, Cotton Muslin, Milk Paint, Poplar Wood

This work looks to the inherent environmental benefits of paper making craft as a point of departure to explore novel techniques for structure, mark making and surface treatment with three dimensional, structural objects. The use of commercially available materials is intentional. As it tells us what is possible, at scale, her and now, to directly address our depedence on oil. 

Artist Bio @sam_indaman
Samuel Aguirre is an artist, designer, researcher, and collaborator currently pursuing an MFA in Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design ('24). He takes an experimental approach to his sculpture, objects, and furniture and intentionally works with commercially available, bio-based materials to objectively show what is possible, at scale, here and now, to reduce our dependence on oil. Samuel's process involves deep material research into origin, composition, production, life-cycle, and end-of-life analysis. The work leverages this circular mindset to objectively show that our hurdles are not a matter of resources but design ingenuity and industriousness.  

Samuel is a Hyundai Collaborative Research Fellow, a Maharam Fellow, and is the recipient of the RISD Grad Commons Grant and Windgate Foundation Scholarship. His work has been shown at Wanted Design (NYC) as a Launchpad Finalist and in multiple group shows including the 2023 NAHP Juried Exhibition "Sustainability in Chaos" (Providence), Studio SII Gallery (NYC), and the Robert C Williams Museum of Paper Making (Atlanta).

"There is a disconnect in that our furnishings are typically used for five to ten years, but produced to exist for hundreds of years. Society needs to consider not only where materials come from and how they are sourced, but also how long they will be used, where they go at end of life, and how the entire lifecycle will impact stakeholders: the environment, the economy, and the community."  - Samuel Aguirre

Other Objects by Samuel
Shellf Life Chair