wendell castle at carpenters workshop gallery
wendell castle at carpenters workshop gallery wendell castle at carpenters workshop gallery
oct 20, 2011

wendell castle at carpenters workshop gallery




the carpenters workshop gallery in london exhibits new pieces created by wendell castle especially for the event. a collection of six unique and limited edition items are derived from the traditional idea that chairs are put against a wall when not in use. as a rebellion against this way of thinking, the sculptural forms visually ground themselves in place, refusing to be shoved against any surface.

‘seventh night’ image © jon lam, courtesy of friedman benda and wendell castle 



the chairs are made of either stained ash or walnut wood are completed with an oil finish, accentuating the curves and sculptural quality of his work. ‘the expression ‘best foot forward’ comes from the practice used in earlier times of keeping chairs that were not in use against the wall. therefore, the front leg had all the decorative carving and the back leg was plain. in this body of work i have given careful thought to the leg and made it unusually prominent, or the opposite of no legs at all.‘ – wendell castle


the exhibition will run at the carpenters workshop gallery, london from november 4, 2011 – january 7, 2012

‘night unveils’  image © jon lam, courtesy of friedman benda and wendell castle


‘time passing’  image © jon lam, courtesy of friedman benda and wendell castle

‘saving grace’ image © jon lam, courtesy of friedman benda and wendell castle


‘holey nite’ image © jon lam, courtesy of friedman benda and wendell castle


  • ‘Time passing’… such a beautiful name for a beautiful piece of work. 🙂

    Netmeubles says:
  • bravo Wendell!

    dbkii says:
  • Interesting. I didn’t know the origins of “best foot forward.” The “Moonless Night” chair besides being beautiful reminds me of old ice cream scoops (just the chunkiness) and looks very comfortable. Forgive me if I say this chair would be interesting in plastic or metal as a sculptural grouping in a large public garden.

    savannahjones says:

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