Brecht Wright Gander, Rubble Huddle, USA, 2018
Gander treats functionality as a ground for aesthetic play. His wide-ranging curiosity fuels his research-driven practice. Gander engages a multitude of unconventional materials, disparate references, and an intrepid approach towards creation. Produced through experiment and experience, Rubble Huddle perfectly straddles the line between sculpture and functionality. Its creamy surface calls to mind celebrated designers Serge Roche and John Dickinson, both of whom frequently used monochromatic plaster to create iconic sculptural design. Gander’s illuminated “cairn”, with its large Flintstones forms painted and illuminated in joyful Lucky Charms hues, is as joyful as it is enigmatic. “Structurally balanced, architectural, a bit dramatic — I didn’t do much but translate this into different materials and finishes,” he says. He describes his unique works as “a culmination of many collisions.”
With a BA from Skidmore in foundational philosophy and years of experience working for firms focused on high-end design and build outs, Gander launched his own studio in 2017 to fully explore his intrepid approach to conception. Since then his truly unique, hand-made designs have succeeded in gaining attention, whether it be shock, awe, or admiration.
Gander has been featured in Architectural Digest, Sight Unseen, Apartment Therapy, Design Milk, and the New York Times. In addition, Gander was a finalist for “Emerging Designer of the Year” in 2018 at NYCxDesign.
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