Stool Maker: Tage Frid (American, born Denmark, 1915–2004)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

Danish-born craftsman Tage Frid influenced generations of craftsmen though his woodworking courses and his three-volume Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, which has been in continuous publication since 1979. The three-legged stool was one of Frid's most successful designs and one he used as an example in the volume dedicated to furniture making.  While sitting on a fence at a horse show, Frid was inspired to explore the minimal amount of structure needed to support a grown human.  The result was a stool with a seat sixteen inches wide and six inches deep.  The stool was made in three heights; this example is the middle size. A fastidious craftsman, Frid's stool exhibits a range of construction techniques: the back and seat are sawn and shaped; the back is dovetailed to the seat; the legs and stretchers are shaved; and the legs are through-tenoned to the seat.




30 1/8 × 19 3/4 × 15 in. (76.5 × 50.2 × 38.1 cm)

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Please Be Seated Collection, funded by Julian H. Fisher, B.A. 1969, in memory of Wilbur J. Fisher, B.A. 1926, and Janet H. Fisher

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20th century


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Gift from the artist to Mark Sfirri and his wife, 1979; sold to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., October 2008.
  • Bobbye Tigerman and Monica Obniski, Scandinavian Design and the United States, exh. cat. (London: Prestel-Verlag, 2020), 230, no. 43
  • "Acquisitions 2009," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2009), 127
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"Tage Frid / 1979" engraved in shaky script underneath the seat

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