Furniture Maker - Kim Markel

Kim Markel

"Old plastics are really attractive to me -- with beautiful qualities such as translucency, color, and durability. I feel I can help this discarded material transcend itself, and not just look and feel like old plastic."

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Kim Markel is driven by the curiosity and desire to create captivating objects through reimagining materials and furniture-making processes. Kim is influenced by "things that harbored magic as a child -- like jelly shoes and lollipops at the bank."  

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“I spent about a year looking for recycled material with certain properties,” explains Markel. “I wanted a certain refractive index for clarity, high density and good stability. My mix includes ground transition lenses — the eyeglass lenses that darken in sunlight — that appear like iridescent sparks and change colors when in direct sunlight, even after being processed.”

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Kim Markel's studio is located in the Hudson Valley, New York (USA).

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"A NOSTALGIC WAY OF THINKING MEETS A MODERN WAY OF WORKING, PAVING THE WAY FOR A BRIGHTER -- OR AT LEAST FAINTLY GLOWING -- FUTURE!”

Glow Chairs

Glow Console Table

Originally: A composite using recycled resins

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Kim uses a variety of materials across her work. Her Glow Collection, featured here, is crafted entirely out of recycled plastic waste -- repurposed to create translucent, popsicle-hued furniture. “I love to help this material transcend itself,” notes Markel, “and not just look and feel like old plastic.”  

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Glow Chairs & Glow Stools

Visit kimmarkel.com or @kim.markel to learn more.