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Robots Are Making Furniture That Costs $340,000

A look at the work of famed artist and designer Wendell Castle.
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Photographer: Adam Reich/Courtesy of Friedman Benda and the artist
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At first blush, the most interesting thing about artist Wendell Castle’s furniture is that you can actually use it as, well, furniture: There are spikes, there are columns, there are stacks of bulbous spheres, and yet—it’s made for your living room. It’s like going to see a Mark di Suvero exhibition and being told that no, those are not in fact sculptures, they’re jungle gyms.

But then you get into how Castle actually makes the furniture, and it becomes a different conversation entirely.