April 16, 2017

Fernando Mastrangelo’s Escape Collection Mixes Sand, Silica, and Powdered Glass

Mastrangelo with Escape in his Brooklyn studio. Photography by Cary Whittier.

Fernando Mastrangelo has released his latest collection of sculptural furnishings through his namesake studio FM/s. Titled Escape, the six-piece collection features color gradients that mimic idyllic landscapes.

Consisting of a bookcase, mirror, bench, coffee table, credenza, and desk, Escape is inspired by Mastrangelo’s travels through the American West. “The idea came from wanting to translate my series of sand/salt paintings into furniture,” says Mastrangelo. “We wrapped a varied array of landscapes—from desert sunsets to foggy horizons—onto 3-D renderings of each piece.”

Coffee table from Escape. Photography by Cary Whittier.

Escape‘s crystalline tactility is forged through a fusion of sand, silica, and powdered glass. Silica’s lava-like texture mixes with hand-dyed sand to suggest geological layers and distant skylines. Cast-powdered glass also lends luster. “Escape marks the beginning of a love affair with powdered glass,” Mastrangelo says. “It provides such a wide array of options when it comes to casting, texture, durability, color, and translucency.”

Credenza from Escape. Photography by Cary Whittier.
Detail of Escape‘s bench. Photography by Cary Whittier.

Mastrangelo’s wanderlust continually informs his work. Traversing Patagonian glaciers culminated in Drift, his studio’s inaugural collection, which received Best of Show at the NYCxDESIGN Awards after debuting at Collective Design last year. This year, he will debut two new collections at Collective Design and one at Sight Unseen OFFSITE. He also plans to foray into flooring by designing a rug collection for Edward Fields.

Unveiled in installments, Escape first debuted in Milan during Salone del Mobile at Rossana Orlandi, where it will be on display until May 1. New York–based gallery Maison Gerard will showcase the collection until May 5.

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