Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Credited with being the father of the art furniture movement Wendell Castle (1932 - ) remains a leading figure in American craft. Originally from Kansas and trained as a sculptor Castle went on to teach at Rochester Institute of Technology, School for American Craftsmen, in Rochester, NY, and is now an “Artist in Residence”. The curvaceous and organic shape of his designs makes one ponder whether they are more sculpture than furniture. Using plastics, fiberglass, wood and metal Castle has been creating these surreal shapes for more than 40 years. Although probably best known for his Molar chairs from the 60’s Pop era, to showcase the breath of his portfolio I elected to illustrate some of Castle’s other vintage and current volumes. Castle's vintage designs may be found from time to time on 1stdibs. Representatives for his latest work include New York based Barry Friedman Ltd and R20th Century.

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Jack coffee table, vintage (top)
Castle chair, vintage (2nd)
Nirvana Polychromed 2007 (3rd)
Swivel coffee table, vintage (4th)
Black Widow 2007 (bottom)

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