Wendell Castle

American, 1932 - 2018
One of the most celebrated designer-craftsmen of the past six decades, Castle influenced several generations of craftsmen and women and his works are in private collections and in more than fifty museums and galleries worldwide.
 
Inspired by the studio furniture movement of the 1950s and the instrumental craftsmen George Nakashima and, in particular, Wharton Esherick, Castle got his start in the late 1950s and early 1960s with training in sculpture and industrial design. 
 
While continuing to create his laminated furniture through the 1970s, Castle branched out into plastics, Styrofoam, and fiberglass in the late 1960s, introducing, among other things, a line of fiberglass-reinforced polyester furniture produced by Wendell Castle Associates at his Scottsville, New York, studio. The freedom this material offered Castle allowed him to delve into the realm of Pop art. 
 
Throughout his career, Castle shared his knowledge and design sense with others. On Saturday, January 20, 2018, the “father of the art furniture movement” ― Wendell Castle ― passed away
 
Click here to read more about Wendell Castle.
 
*Video and workshop photo by Popular Wood Working
*Headshot from Wendell Castle Collection
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