Lot 4: Philip Michael Wolfson, Twisted Split Chair, 2009

Auctionata Paddle8 AG

November 30, 2016, 4:00 PM CET
Berlin, Germany
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Description: Philip Michael Wolfson (American, b.1958)
Twisted Split Chair (Black & White), 2009
Acrylic Stone
No 2. of 12
Height: 79 cm (seat 45 cm) x 60 cm x 65 cm (Height: 31 in (seat 17.7 in) x 23.6 in x 25.6 in)
Provenance: Philip Michael Wolfson, London, UK

The Split family uses a compound twist to manipulate a simple remnant of the material as a starting point. They begin with the minimalist stool as the basic family element which also appears in Paddle8’s Objects of Design. The Split chair LOW, incorporates a secondary seat and back as a ‘melted’ amorphic form.

The series has been featured in Design Milk.

Philip Michael Wolfston is an architect from Philadelphia. He was Zaha Hadid’s head of design for ten years and now runs his own studio where he works on sculptural pieces and interior architecture.

He has established his distinctive pathway, re-examining the forms and ideas of the early 20th century Modernist movements, particularly Constructivism and Futurism. His unique approach to design and art is informed by by the dynamics of fracture and fragmentation - layering and manipulating his materials into fluid shapes and forms, where the dynamics of light, shadow and reflection are an integral part of the seduction of the work. They are elegant, graceful designs, easily resembling elongated black swan wings in repose; layered geological contortions, or the energetic movements of an impassioned orchestral conductor. The exquisite use of noble materials woods, glass, metals and stones, as well as new materials, such as carbon fiber, brings dynamic elegance and an individual contemporary feeling that enhances his unique approach.

Works by Philip Michael Wolfson has been shown at, or are included in numerous international collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, the Foundation Cartier, Paris, and the Price Tower Arts Centre, Bartlesville.

His designs are on display at renowned galleries Contrasts, Shangai; Franziska Kessler, Zurich; Sebastian + Barquet, New York, at high profile design fairs Art Basel, Design Miami, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, TEFAF, Maastricht and through the auction Houses Christie’s and Phillips de Pury in London and New York.

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