Brooklyn artist Fernando Mastrangelo has used cement to create a range of furniture with subtle patterns and pastel colours. Fade drums make part of the Fade series forms part of Mastrangelo’s MMaterial collection of sculptural furniture. It includes a desk and a series of drum-shaped stools, all created using the same production technique.
Mastrangelo casts the pieces from cement, which is hand-dyed with pigments in various pastel shades. He mixes the powdery substance with water to form mortar, rather than adding the traditional aggregates to bind it together into concrete.
The pieces are strictly made with cement, which is a material I’ve been exploring for a while, but I really got a chance to push the subtly and beauty of what cement can do, Mastrangelo told. Without the aggregate, I can really explore the line quality of the cement pours. Layer by layer I can shift from tone to tone without having to blend in any aggregate.
To create the cylindrical stools, the material is poured into a fibreglass mould in layers that are left to dry before the next is added on top.
These layers have deeper colours at the base and become incrementally lighter towards the top, or create a pastel rainbow. To finish, the pieces are sanded to a polished finish and sealed.
The effect I wanted to achieve with the series was to transform what some might think of as a rugged, industrial material into a soft, sensual one that evokes a peaceful and almost serene sensibility, said Mastrangelo.
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