Fernando Mastrangelo’s Drift Collection

Brooklyn-based artist Fernando Mastrangelo has unveiled the next additions to his ‘Drift’ collection with a range of glaciers and natural earth formations masquerading as furniture.

Mastrangelo uses materials such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement to cast strikingly sculptural objects. His Drift collection began with a not-so-humble bench made of sand and cement, which was exhibited during New York Design week and Collective Design Fair last year.

Now, further inspired by trips to Patagonia and the Grand Canyon, the collection has grown to include a sofa that is both ravishing and rugged in appearance. Like the Drift bench, it is made from sand and cement but is upholstered in luxurious velvet. It is joined by a coffee table also cast from sand and cement and ‘petra’ side tables in blue and pink. There is also a series of mirrors featuring a combination of stratified sand and steely glass.

The Patagonian landscape has inspired the subtle colour palette and Mastrangelo uses hand-dyed sand to reflect its ice-blue glaciers. The artist combines refined and polished elements with an unpredictable rugged surface to represent natural elements. The works are intriguingly contradictory – both raw and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional.

The influence of the Grand Canyon is seen in the sand, which is cast in layers to create a delicate ombre effect. It recalls layers of earth and strata as the colours gradually blend from one hue to the next.

All designs in the Drift collection is handcrafted by Mastrangelo in his Brooklyn studio and are produced in very limited quantities. Each one represents an earthy inspiration.

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