Monday, February 14, 2011

Wendell Castle, furniture against function

Several years ago, at a museum exhibition, I chanced upon Wendell Castle's surrealist trompe l'oeil furniture from the 1970's and 1980's.  I was instantly captivated.  They're my favorite works by Castle if not some of the most original furniture ever crafted, so meticulous...and cunning.  Why can't more "furniture" be like this?

Chair with Sport Coat, 1978.

Coat Rack with Trench Coat, 1978. 

Table with Gloves and Keys, 1981.

Video with Wendell Castle's opinions on furniture and art.

Furniture by Wendell Castle (Hudson Hills Press, 1996) is available.

Above links for Wendell Castle's websites.