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Wendell Castle

Considered by many as the father of the art furniture movement, Wendell Castle redefined American furniture design, creating modern artisanal pieces that drew from the worlds of craft and sculpture. Castle received many accolades for his extensive body of work, including the Visionaries of the American Craft Movement award in 1994, a gold medal from the American Craft Council in 1997 and a Modernism Lifetime Achievement Award from the Brooklyn Museum in 2007, and his works are owned by museums around the nation. Among his most noteworthy early developments were stack lamination, a process that involved assembling layers of wood into a three-dimensional format, and isolating leather fabrics in suspension frames to create sculptural textile chairs. Castle was a lifelong student of the studio craft and a master of it. Castle appreciated old-world woodworking techniques as much as the contemporary technologies of modeling and computer scanning. Castle passed away in 2018, but his spirit and enthusiasm for design live on in his tremendous collection of both vintage and contemporary furniture and home accessories, including architectural dining tables, futuristic dining room and lounge chairsnightstands and handsome headboards. Many of his designs are permanent fixtures in leading galleries, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Detroit Art Institute, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery.