Markus Haase, BANG III, USA, 2016
At once a sublime work of art and a functional object, BANG is a unique, hand-carved console that defies easy categorization. Markus Haase’s decades of experience as a sculptor are evident in his masterful treatment of materials; wood appears as malleable as drapery as it curves in smooth undulations of convex and concave forms beneath a hand-carved marble top. Like a classical sculpture balanced in contrapposto, the bold, dense console base appears to grow from the ground meeting with the lightness and levity of its cantilevered top. BANG conveys speed and movement. Through automotive allusion and intricate carvings, the wood appears windblown, and the structure accelerating. The piece is fit with one storage drawer and is wall-mounted. A commissioned piece may be custom ordered with bespoke dimensions and materials.
In 2013, Haase launched his first series of sculptural design exclusively with Todd Merrill Studio. Since then, his work has attracted the attention of designers, critics, and collectors worldwide. Haase creates unique works of art, sculptural pieces of furniture, and lighting design that demonstrate his sculpting virtuosity through his works that imbue wood, metal, and stone with a remarkable sense of fluidity and movement. Carved wood and marble assume the qualities of drapery, while his dexterity in combining these elements with dynamic LED technology defines a new artistry for the twenty-first century. As Todd Merrill describes, “Markus Haase is not making a piece of furniture or lighting that looks like art… He is a sculptor making art that serves functional ends.”
As Haase works on a commission basis, custom designs may be requested.
Medium: American Black Walnut and Bardiglio Marble
Dimensions: 38” H x 72” W x 17” D, 96.52 H x 182.88 W x 43.18 D cm
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