The Escape Collection captures the essence of Nature

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - All

Each piece of this furniture collection is made from three materials: silica, hand-dyed sand and crystalline.

Artist and designer Fernando Mastrangelo has unveiled his Escape Collection, which is a collection of modern furniture pieces where dyed sand is used to create a three-dimensional landscape illusion.

The NYC-based designer‘s work is known to be undefined by a particular style, but a language of its own that spans art, design, and architecture altogether.

 

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - bench

Bench – © Photo by Jacob Gossett

 

An Innovative Use of Materials

Fernando‘s work is characterized by an innovative use of materials, which is clearly demonstrated in his Escape Collection.

Each piece of this furniture collection is made from three materials: silica, hand-dyed sand and crystalline.

The silica is used for composing the foreground of each piece while the dyed sand is used for creating the illusion of the earth layers and distant mountain ranges.

 

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - bookcase

Bookcase – © Photo by Jacob Gossett

 

The crystalline – which is a translucent powdered glass – is used for creating the skies and water bodies.

Pieces of the collection include:

  • a drum stool/table
  • a desk
  • a coffee table
  • a bench and a mirror

All of which use the same concept with different landscapes effects.

Every piece of the collection is inspired by a different natural scene.

The scenes of the Escape Collection range from beaches to mountain ranges.

 

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - drum

Drum – © Photo by Jacob Gossett

 

The Escape Collection Captures the Essence of Nature

The pieces of Escape Collection seem to capture the very essence of nature in such a unique way.

Inspired by the perfect compositions of landscapes and horizons, which are at once harsh and geometric, yet soft and gentle,

Mastrangelo told The Architect’s Newspaper.

 

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - mirror

Mirror – © Photo by Jacob Gossett

 

I wanted to create objects that capture that language and the profound sense of calm and contemplation that stems from a connection to nature.

This is the first time we’ve cast powdered glass, which has a unique luminous quality that really makes the pieces feel alive.

 

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - bench

Bench – © Photo by Jacob Gossett

 

With a recent collaboration with SHoP Architects to cast entire walls of an NYC Thakoon store, the possibilities are limitless for Fernando Mastrangelo’s ingenious concept.

 

Escape Collection by Fernando Mastrangelo - coffee table

Coffee Table – © Photo by Jacob Gossett

 

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