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Wendell Castle Monumental Desk

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White oak desk original commissioned for Gannett Company. The solid horseshoe shaped top mimics old copy desks. It features three drawers two file sized with sorters at both ends and a center pencil drawer. Castle’s carved signature and date (WC76). This commission for Castle won a prestigious award and at the time was Castle’s most important to date.

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  • Date of Manufacture
    1976
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 133 in. x D 77 in.H 73.66 cm x W 337.82 cm x D 195.58 cm
  • Seller Location
    Chicago, IL
  • Reference Number
    LU847415636072
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About Wendell Castle (Designer)

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. 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. Read more about Wendell Castle in Introspective magazine

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