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Wendell Castle

American, 1932-2018

Wendell Castle was an American furniture maker celebrated for his experimental creations in wood and plastic. He was one of the first to create seating, lighting and tables that resemble sculpture, otherwise known as art furniture.

A founding father of the American Studio movement, Castle was known for his craftsmanship and broke new ground in the 1960s with the stack-laminate technique, which involves layering and then sanding thin sheets of wood. In the ’70s, he transitioned to using gel-coated plastic in bright colors.

Castle integrated both mediums in his designs from the 2000s, which, like his vintage pieces, are characterized by curved, biomorphic lines and whimsical undertones (his Molar chair emphasized playfulness and a venturesome sensibility). Ever the innovator, he integrated computers and robots in his later production process to come up with wildly imaginative forms. Castle was working on a new body of work when he passed away in 2018 at the age of 85.

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Average Sold Price
$5,132
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Wendell Castle Game Table
By Wendell Castle
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Wendell Castle 2 Drawer Table executed in a combination of Maple and Birds eye Maple. an exuberant example Signed, Dated and Numbered
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1970s North American Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Maple

  • Wendell Castle Game Table
  • Wendell Castle Game Table
  • Wendell Castle Game Table
  • Wendell Castle Game Table
H 28.75 in W 33.75 in D 33.75 in
Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
By Wendell Castle
Located in Van Nuys, CA
A vintage lounge chair circa the 1970s. In dark red color with a cup holder platform and original rubber foot ring. The chair is a playful design after the castle chair, one of the i...
Category

1970s American Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Plastic

  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
H 23.5 in W 44.5 in D 42.5 in
Wendell Castle, Armhair, Mahogany, Velvet, USA, 1997
By Wendell Castle
Located in High Point, NC
A beige velvet and textured black-painted mahogany armchair designed and produced by Wendell Castle, USA, 1997. Seat height 18”
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1990s American Post-Modern Wendell Castle

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Velvet, Mahogany

Wendell Castle, Armchair, Mahogany, Velvet, USA, 1997
By Wendell Castle
Located in High Point, NC
A beige velvet and textured black-painted mahogany armchair designed and produced by Wendell Castle, USA, 1997. Seat height 18”
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Wendell Castle

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

Wendell Castle, Side Chair, Mahogany, Velvet, USA, 1997
By Wendell Castle
Located in High Point, NC
A beige velvet and textured black-painted mahogany side chair designed and produced by Wendell Castle, USA, 1997. Seat height 18”
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Wendell Castle

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Velvet, Mahogany

Wendell Castle, Side Chair, Mahogany, Velvet, USA, 1997
By Wendell Castle
Located in High Point, NC
A beige velvet and textured black-painted mahogany side chair designed and produced by Wendell Castle, USA, 1997. Seat height 18”
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Wendell Castle

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

Wendell Castle, Side Chair, Mahogany, Velvet, USA, 1997
By Wendell Castle
Located in High Point, NC
A beige velvet and textured black-painted mahogany side chair designed and produced by Wendell Castle, USA, 1997. Seat height 18”
Category

1990s American Post-Modern Wendell Castle

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

Wendell Castle, Side Chair, Mahogany, Velvet, USA, 1997
By Wendell Castle
Located in High Point, NC
A beige velvet and textured black-painted mahogany side chair designed and produced by Wendell Castle, USA, 1997. Seat height 18”
Category

1970s American Post-Modern Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Velvet, Mahogany

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Molar Chair
Molar Chair
Average Price
$9,608
Number Available
6
Molar Chair
By Wendell Castle
Materials
Plastic, Fiberglass, Rubber
Styles
Mid Century Modern, Modern
As its name suggests, the playful silhouette of the Molar chair can be attributed to an unmistakable visual inspiration: the curves and cusps that characterize the clusters of large teeth tucked in the back corners of our mouths. Kansas-born furniture maker and educator Wendell Castle (1932–2018) began to create his singular series of Molar sofas and more in 1968, when he designed his biomorphic Molar chair. Moved by the experiments that Danish designer Verner Panton and others had been condu...
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Wendell Castle furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Wendell Castle furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Wendell Castle furniture, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 32 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 5 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Wendell Castle were created in the mid-century modern style in united states during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by M. Singer & Sons, Jack Lenor Larsen, and Charles Pfister. Prices for Wendell Castle furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $3,800 and can go as high as $37,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $9,850.

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