November 13, 2012

Alison's High Chair, By Wendell Castle

You know, these are the kind of things that make the blogging worthwhile.

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Studio furniture pioneer Wendell Castle is having four shows at the moment. He talked to Artforum today about his retrospective at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut. And there's a two-gallery show in New York, and one coming in Kentucky.

But over the weekend, I got an email from Castle's daughter Alison, who turns out to be a Daddy Types reader, and who just found the photos she'd taken this summer, and had been meaning to send--of the gorgeous high chair her dad made for her in 1974.

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The chair combines Castle's innovative lamination & sculpting technique with some advanced joinery, and its form anticipates the iconic Zephyr chair, which debuted in the mid-70s. [Coincidentally, a similar, adult-sized, personalized example from 1976, a commission, just sold at auction upstate.]

Anyway, this is just awesome. Master wood sculptors' kids always have the best high chairs.

Wendell Castle - Wandering Forms, runs through Jan 24, 2013
500 Words | Wendell Castle [artforum]

2 Comments

Sweet, sweet, sweet! And no crevasses at all!

Stunning - I am glad she shared it with you and you shared it with us.

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