Wendell Castle, Seven Days of the Week Dining Table and Ten Chairs, USA, 1997
From the collection of a notable art and design collector, the dining table features an asymmetrical top supported by seven polychromed sculptural legs reminiscent of arthropods. Ten accompanying chairs with black suede upholstery are supported by continuous frames, running along the floor, up, around, and back again. One of the most celebrated designers of the past six decades, Wendell Castle advanced the concept of ‘art furniture” beyond the studio craft movement of the 1950s and 60s. In the early 1980s, Castle began adding a contemporary spin to historic styles such as Biedermeier, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau. This new vision incorporated carved and polychromed wood with unusual hand-carved shapes, and limitless imagination. As Castle’s reputation grew he brought studio furniture out of the niche craft circles and into an expanded national audience, with galleries, museums and press recognizing design as a legitimate form of fine art.
Table: 110″ x 66″ 29″h
Chairs: 28″ x 24″ x 22″
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