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The amount of activity at Design Miami/ 2012 was truly astounding. More than 30,000 design collectors and enthusiasts visited Design Miami/ 2012…
Design Miami/’s Design Pioneers talks continued on Friday with Wendell Castle – a true pioneer in furniture design who skirted the limits of functionality and art with objects that both served a purpose and were fundamentally sculptural. He spoke with Alastair Gordon, an art critic, curator and author of the book “Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms: Works from 1959-1979.” The two had a highly detailed discussion about the early and definitive works by Castle, who also shared stories about how he came to the revolutionary concepts and methods for which he’s known.
“I’m really drawn to this Wendell Castle stack-laminated coffee table. Beyond it being one of his pioneering, simultaneously functional and sculptural works, the beautiful biomorphic lines remind me of…”
2012 has seen an increasing amount of American design activity. Both historical and contemporary design is experiencing a reawakening of sorts, and Design Miami/ 2012 is one of the sites where galleries and designers are focusing specifically on the American perspective.
Material culture has never existed in a vacuum; taste, critique, and praise have all developed out of dialogue with each other and with the objects we’re speaking of (and to). The Design Talks Program at this year’s Design Miami/ is dedicated to Design Pioneers who have furthered the field through their impact on methods of production, style or discourse, and who have taken the ethos of their movement to further heights.
This month, Wendell Castle, one of America’s most distinguished artist-craftsmen, celebrated his 80th birthday. Throughout a 50-year-long career, Castle forged a highly distinctive path, merging the aims of craft, design and fine art to bring forth forms entirely of his own vision.
To celebrate his 80th birthday, the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum debuts the first major exhibition on Wendell Castle in over twenty years. It is the only exhibition to focus exclusively on the period of his groundbreaking sculptural furniture. Castle forever changed the way furniture is viewed by his exploration of form and function, which frequently…