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10 : 05 : 2016 Chris Wolston : New York Design Week 2016 : Aluminium

New York – Designer Chris Wolston will present furniture made using sand casting at this year’s New York Design Week.

  • Wolston has been experimenting with different materials at an aluminium foundry in Colombia
  • His furniture and homeware pieces are created by heating foam and sand to create unpredictable shapes
Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York
Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York
Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York
Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York
Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York Sight Unseen and Designtex present Chris Wolston at Collective Design Fair, New York

Wolston will present a series of furniture and functional objects such as a fruit bowl and vase that have been made using sand casting, a technique that involves adding foam to sand and combining the mix with molten aluminium.

As the heat from the aluminium melts the foam, it leaves impressions of its texture on the surface, creating uneven organic patterns. ‘The inspiration for my work often comes from visiting factories and seeing how things are made,’ explains Wolston, who splits his time between Brooklyn and Medellín.

The designer’s work will feature at online magazine Sight Unseen’s exhibition at the Collective Design fair, which will highlight works from five emerging US studios.

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