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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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Double Molar Settee, 1960s, U.S.A
By Wendell Castle
Located in Las Vegas, NV
Double Molar settee in rare and vibrant green. Made of fiberglass. Missing rubber lining.
Category

Late 20th Century American Space Age Wendell Castle

Materials

Resin, Fiberglass

  • Double Molar Settee, 1960s, U.S.A
  • Double Molar Settee, 1960s, U.S.A
  • Double Molar Settee, 1960s, U.S.A
  • Double Molar Settee, 1960s, U.S.A
H 25 in. W 48 in. D 32 in.
Rare Vintage Swivel Molar Coffee Table by Wendell Castle
By Wendell Castle
Located in Buffalo, NY
A rare white swivel coffee table from the Molar Group manufactured by Beylerian, circa 1969. Seldom seen. The table is one of the only designs in the molar group that is adjustable b...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Fiberglass

Vintage Lounge Chair by Wendell Castle
By Wendell Castle
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage lounge chair designed by Wendell Castle circa 1970s. In bright orange with cup holder platform and original rubber foot ring. The chair is a playful design from Wendell Cas...
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1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Fiberglass, Rubber

  • 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 in.
Wendell Castle "Low Down" Sculptural Table
By Wendell Castle
Located in New York, NY
Wendell Castle polychromed fiberglass sculptural table entitled "Low Down". This is an edition 1/8. About the designer: Wendell Castle (1932-2018) created unique pieces of handmad...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Wendell Castle

Materials

Fiberglass

Crackle Arm Chair by Wendell Castle
By Wendell Castle
Located in New York, NY
Textured crackle finish over wood, vinyl. Dynamic open arm chair with strong crackle finish. Signed and dated by the artist.
Category

Early 2000s American Modern Wendell Castle

Materials

Wood, Paint

  • Crackle Arm Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Crackle Arm Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Crackle Arm Chair by Wendell Castle
  • Crackle Arm Chair by Wendell Castle
H 28 in. W 24 in. D 18 in.
Wendell Castle Starfish Console Table in Polychromed and Stained Woods, 1995
By Wendell Castle
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An exceptional console table by Wendell Castle (1932-2018), titled 'Voyage', executed in polychromed jelutong and mahogany with floating, free-form top in chip-carved and stained wal...
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1990s American American Craftsman Wendell Castle

Materials

Other

Rare Signed Wendell Castle Whimsical Console Table From 1986
By Wendell Castle
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Wendell Castle, American (1932-2018). Unusual carved and lacquered wood console table raised on 4 triangular cone legs with a reverse curved top that has an attached inverted cone. S...
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1980s Mid-Century Modern Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Wood

Crescent Rocker by Wendell Castle in Rare Zebra Wood
By Wendell Castle
Located in Atlanta, GA
Artist: Wendell Castle (born 1932) Crescent rocker Date: 1978 Material: Zebrawood,suede upholstery Signature: leg carved 'W. Castle 78' Measurement: 34" H x 26" W x 40" D.
Category

1970s American Modern Vintage Wendell Castle

Materials

Leather, Wood

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Wendell Castle furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Wendell Castle furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of Plastic and are designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Wendell Castle furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 16 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. 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 John Risley, John Hutton and Paul Tuttle. Wendell Castle furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $3,950 and tops out at $85,000, while pieces like these can sell for on average $12,000.

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