Michael McClatchy began his career as a sculptor, designing large-scale figurative and abstract works out of steel and concrete. In 1995, he began creating a line of furniture using the same materials. He designs each piece of furniture with a steel structure to which he adds a top of welded wire-reinforced concrete. Like building a highway, his work combines the strength of steel with a smooth surface rigidity.
Unlike most concrete work, McClatchy's use of carving and color adds an unexpected warmth. He creates a painterly surface for each table top by etching and carving lines in the concrete, filling these with black concrete, and acid-staining the concrete with patinas of brown, mustard, moss, and paprika. After curing, each tabletop is polished to emit a lustrous glow.
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