During the Polar Vortex that hit Chicago this past winter it wasn’t uncommon to see Youtube videos of water freezing in mid-air and other fun science experiments. However, designer Steven Haulenbeek used the arctic temperature to his advantage and created an entire collection of objects and even furniture in his own backyard. Haulenbeek’s Ice Cast Bronze Collection captures the random yet lush texture of melted ice.
The process begins with casting wax into blocks of ice. After the wax dries, Haulenbeek creates molds for the final pieces to be cast in solid bronze. The limited-edition pieces are finished in a black patina and then rubbed to expose the raw bronze. Haulenbeek originally made his first Ice Cast Bronze vessels a few winters back, but it wasn’t until the plentiful snowstorms this year that he decided to go big and created side tables.
Haulenbeek now has a studio setup that would make Mr. Freeze jealous – including two large freezers that enable him to work until next winter. The collection continues to grow – in September, he’ll present mirrors, candleholders, and more vessels for Casati Gallery. Seasons will change, but that will never stop a dedicated designer.
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