For designer Stefan Bishop, the inspiration for his modern art sculptural furnishings strikes when he’s in his cavernous Los Angeles studio and fully engulfed in the process of working with his hands.
“That’s when my mind has gone offline. Shapes jump out at me, and then things start to percolate.”says the modern artist.
In Stefan Bishop‘s current show at Ralph Pucci’s L.A. art gallery, open by appointment, Bishop has turned these creative impulses into a bold new series of consoles, shelves, tables, and mirrors. Raised in southern Oregon, the designer notices forms that spring from his subconscious reflect the woodland surroundings of his childhood. “What’s interesting is that pretty much all of my furniture design work stems back to shapes that are tied to archetypal images found in nature,” Stefan Bishop says.
In addition to their environmental references, both modern design collections are tied together through Stefan Bishop’s complex construction process, which begins with planks of ash, walnut, and poplar woods. They are then stacked or shaped and laminated, after which they are lightly charred and subsequently dyed black with pure India ink. “It creates a deeper rich, black,” he explains about his contemporary design pieces. “The last step is to finish them with a top coat of varnish or wax.”.
Stefan Bishop’smodern design pieces lend themselves to becoming heirlooms, who covers the decorative arts and interior design for the Hollywood Reporter and French Architectural Digest. Stefan’s “noble and beautiful” modern art pieces are the kind that interior designers use as a visual anchor in a design and art furniture, more specifically, scheme.
The quality is reinforced by the mighty age, scale, and elemental nature of the wood they are made of, often sourced from huge fallen trees, even waterlogged wood gleaned from a sunken ship. His art furniture is absolutely exceptional!