by Lynn Byrne
So who is Wendell Castle and why should you know him?
“To me an organic form has the most exciting possibilities. An organic form is not so clearly understood in one glance”~ Wendell Castle.
Wendell Castle often is said to be the founder of the American Studio Furniture movement. He himself doesn’t take the title and claims that his work in furniture began with a 1958 road trip to rural Pennsylvania where he dropped in unannounced on another legendary furniture designer Wharton Esherick. Castle was so inspired by the handcrafted furniture created by Esherick, that he returned to his home in Kansas and started to make furniture himself. Today Wendell Castle’s furniture is found in the collections of museums throughout the world.