Gary Magakis, Il Ponte Bench, USA, 2018

Gary Magakis, Il Ponte Bench, USA, 2018

The Il Ponte Bench (The Bridge) was inspired by Constructivism and Frank Lloyd Wright’s cantilevered homes, Gary Magakis channels architectural elements in his work. Though the table’s geometric sections appear to have sharp edges, they are actually gracefully curvilinear. Il Ponte, which can function as a bench or a low table, reflects the sculptor’s distinct approach to creating bold and dense geometric forms that exude a Modernist elegance and buoyance. At once a functional object and a freestanding sculpture, the table is experienced differently from every angle.

Since joining Todd Merrill Studio in 2013 Gary Magakis has built a cult-like following among top designers and collectors for his dynamic studio-driven metal furniture composed of seemingly simple geometric shapes.

When creating his bronze and steel sculptural furniture, Magakis looks to ancient metal arts, modern architecture, and the American Studio Craft Movement for inspiration. However, it is the work of Paul Evans that has left the most significant impression on Magakis. Evans’ unprecedented use of sculpted metal forms and patinated surfaces is reflected in Magakis’ Sculpted Metal series.

As the artist works on a commission basis, custom dimensionality and finishes may be accommodated.

Materials: Bronze

Dimensions: 18h x 87w x 24d inches

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