There is very little difference of my intent making a piece of design as apposed to sculpture. The major difference, of course, is the function that both hold. Seating, though gorgeously expressed, should be comfortable and inviting- tables at the right height for it’s participants, accessories valuable for their duties. The fun of making the dual purposes of sculpture equaling function is another challenge that I enjoy tremendously. When making a seat, everyone entering the studio is a model. They must sit, tell me what they feel, and pose to see the proportion of the seat to them. Accessories are fun items made to enhance our lives while holding charge of their realm. For me, design is an extension of the art/sculpture experience. It is informed, but, very willing to engage with the audience.
The Spring line is a series of pieces made from upholstery springs that range from wall pieces, separators of space, seating, tables, table accessories and other forms of expression. This was my introduction to the design world at large. The 1st piece made from flattened, conical springs as a hanging sculpture, stems from my past artwork that explored the linear in space, sculpture that defines itself through line.
It was my luck that making the Spring Screen out of recycled pillow springs, using available material to inspire new ideas, was a hit, and that by entering into Brooklyn Designs, here in Brooklyn, NY, my 1st trade fair as a way to reach the public, grew that idea into a commercial entity.
After the Spring line came the New Wave line. The discovery of bent poplar plywood in combination with the dividing of space in a room, gave way to sculptural seating that used my classical, figurative training as a background for making sculpture that was functionally comfortable. The wood is magical and tantalizing to the senses.
The commercialization of this process lead me to projects like the Lincoln Center Film Society’s café and many more uses of the plywood in public and private areas.
Mixing this wood with the continuation of the Spring line has produced lamps and all kinds of pieces for daily living. Sculpture being the backbone of the inspiration bore communication with an audience- thus, functional sculpture, design, art for living.