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Wendell Castle: Wandering Forms—Works from 1959-1979

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Published to accompany an exhibition at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in 2012, this book focuses on Wendell Castle’s exceptional early works in wood and fiberglass, which transformed the way we look at furniture making.

American studio furniture icon Wendell Castle is one of the most important, influential, and celebrated designers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. For more than 50 years, he consistently pioneered new territory in design and beyond. His visionary constructions and distinctive stacked-laminate woodworking process cross the boundaries between sculpture, design, and craft. These highly original works have influenced generations of furniture makers, designers, artists, sculptors, collectors, and design enthusiasts.

Renowned writer Alastair Gordon lucidly tells the exciting story of Castle’s impact and innovations through the defining works of his career. The text is accompanied by hundreds of drawings, press clippings, and never-before-seen images of Castle, his workspace, and process. Beautifully designed by award-winning Pandiscio Green and incorporating materials from Castle’s personal archives, this book is the definitive study of one of the most significant furniture designers working in the world today and one of America’s true cultural treasures.

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