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The Bespoke Designs of Natanel Gluska

The Swiss artist brings his art furniture pieces to Singapore.

The Bespoke Designs of Natanel Gluska

The Swiss artist brings his art furniture pieces to Singapore.



BY

2 August, 2012


Multi-disciplinary Swiss artist Natanel Gluska is known for creating one-off, handcrafted pieces of furniture that blur the line between art and design. Clients that collect his work include such high-powered names as Ian Schrager, Philippe Starck and Karl Lagerfeld, just to name a few.

It’s little wonder then that his decision to live, work and produce his designs in Singapore is creating a stir of excitement here.

Natanel Gluska

V Stool – made from plywood. Comes in different colour options

Gluska recently held an exhibition at the Marina Bay Suites titled “Beauty in Everyday Things: Through the Eyes of Natanel Gluska”. On show were works such as Long 8, a lounge chair shaped from a single piece of wood (but which can be reprised in many different mediums); and Crocodile, a bench inspired by the hidden beauty of the reptile.

Natanel Gluska

Crocodile Bench – made from fibreglass

Gluska finds his inspiration from the world around him. “There is much to be appreciated in what is around us. I see beauty in everyday things and my work is very much in tune with the environment I am in.”

Natanel Gluska

Long 8 – made of fibreglass. Comes in different colour options

The artist creates forms that are highly distinctive yet functional. Thoughtful consideration is given to the material used, and his craftsmanship and attention to detail is impeccable.

Natanel Gluska

“Made in Singapore” – a prototype

The modish, roughly hewn pieces that he is known for appear to have taken on a new level of refinement and the evolution continues with his choice of materials. Where in the past Gluska chose to work predominantly with wood, his increasing experimentation with different materials such as paint and fibreglass is part of his quest to explore different techniques and new frontiers of innovation –and its something he plans to delve further into while living and working in Singapore.

Natanel GLuska

Jarrah side table – made from recycled railway sleepers

Check out this video of the Long 8 chair being carved out from one piece of wood.

“Made in Singapore” (below) shows Gluska’s ever-evolving process; this is the first time the artist departing from his ‘made-by-hand’ approach to collaborate with a robot.

For more information visit natanelgluska.com. For product enquiries, email natanelgluskasingapore@gmail.com.

Photos by Luo Jingmei, taken at the Marina Bay Suites


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