NYCxDESIGN 2018 – Anna Karlin and Fernando Mastrangelo introduce Chunk, a limited edition collection of sculptural seating and tables. The Chess-inspired furniture series comprises five pieces, each available in an edition of eight, with a different shape and material composition.
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Chunk brings together the distinct aesthetic and formal signatures of each designer with Karlin’s iconic Chess Piece series reimagined through Mastrangelo’s signature casting technique and material palette.
Karlin’s design elevates the classic chess piece form to elegant, geometric shapes made to work in a series or individually as seating and tables. Mastrangelo has cast her forms – originally available in traditional materials – with atypically common materials including cement, salt, glass, quartz, and silica.
“I’ve always admired Anna’s versatility and range as a designer, and this collaboration was a natural extension of our two studios,” says Fernando Mastrangelo. “The chess pieces presented the opportunity to apply my distinctive range of materials and visual language.”
“Exploring the tension between the natural and the man-made has always been central to my work,” says Anna Karlin. “The collaboration with Fernando has allowed me to revisit my chess collection and manifest them in a new vocabulary inviting a new context for the work.”
Each a creative polymath in their own right, Mastrangelo and Karlin work across wideranging disciplines in their respective studio practices, with a shared interest in functional sculpture forming the basis of their collaboration.
The limited edition collection is on view during NYCxDesign 2018 at Anna Karlin’s newly-opened, street-facing gallery and studio space located at the heart of Chinatown – 108 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002.
Photography by Cary Whittier – Courtesy of Fernando Mastrangelo and Anna Karlin.