Mark Wilson's Driftwood Puzzle Furniture

Mark Wilson's Driftwood Puzzle Furniture

Maxwell Ryan
Oct 21, 2005

You can find furniture everywhere. We recently ran into Mark Wilson, an artist and old friend of ours, who told us that, on a whim, he had started building furniture out of driftwood this summer, and it was turning into an obsession. He told us that his benches were massive and totally solid, although he used no nails or screws of any kind. We wanted to see one. He said, "Come on down to the beach." This is what we saw and how Mark describes it:

These large benches and love seat are constructed from found pieces
of driftwood from the beaches and bays of the east end of Long Island. They are not glued or fastened in any way, but through weight, gravity and torque fit together like large puzzles. They are like an Andy Goldsworthy meets Le Corbusier, very robust, organic, sculptural and extremely comfortable. One is soon to be installed on the roof of the Zwirner Gallery roof garden in NYC.

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