Brooklyn designer Charlie Baker forces stubborn branches and twigs to create large-format sculptures and installations that emphasize the natural curvature of his collected materials. Whether he’s wrapping a perfectly round ball in wood or building a tree-top nest built for humans, he envisions discreet rooms that are sometimes marked with hidden passageways and windows that tame the gnarled, knotty wood and present it in a new way. “I like the sense of movement that the curvy pieces create because it makes me feel like the artwork is alive and growing,” he says.
Baker has a background in landscaping, a parallel practice that continues to influence his work. “I am constantly thinking about how my creations interact with their surroundings, how they connect with nature. It’s no different with my works of art, ”he tells Colossal.
The designer was recently interviewed by Wiredwho travels with him from his studio to the forests of Long Island, where he collects materials. He’s currently working on a few projects including an elaborate kitchen garden, a tree platform for children, and smaller sculptures for you to follow his side and Instagram.
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