"The minute I started my Intro to Sculpture course, I knew that I wanted to do that forever. I was done with drawing or painting.”
Fernando Mastrangelo is a master constructor that works with natural granules such as; Salt, sand, sugar, cement, coffee, and quartz crystals. He has perfected the technique of binding granulated substances to make sculpture-like furniture.
Mastrangelo, who was born in the United States to Uruguayan parents, raised in Monterrey, Mexico, and worked early on as an assistant to the artist Matthew Barney. In 2014 he began producing furniture under the brand MMaterial, while issuing limited-edition designs as FMS Studio.
"Each piece is like a three-dimensional landscape painting – the simple, geometric forms are seamless gradients of tones and textures."
For custom commissions he produces planters, consisting of a hand-dyed cream cement and crushed porcelain. The pieces are all manufactured from different materials and textures, bringing together indoor and outdoor materials that fuse his minimalist aesthetic with deft ingenuity and craft.
Matrangelo's first big break was during the New York Design Week in 2016, where he exhibited his Drift collection, that seems to be hewed from rock. Drift includes a coffee table cast from sand and cement, a sand and cement sofa upholstered in silk velvet, a 72” mirror, a coffee table and the ‘Petra’ side table in blue and pink. All pieces were meticulously crafted and polished with expressive, terrain-like surfaces, imitating the ombré effect of glaciers.
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“For Drift ii, I was inspired by a 4,000-mile motorcycle journey I made from Santiago, Chile, to Patagonia.”
AT ICFF 2017 Mastrangelo formed the second volume of Drift using sand this time instead of sugar granules. He cast layers of blue sand in hand-carved molds to imitate the ombré effect of glaciers.
"It is about two different languages, exploring minimal form making and more elaborate sculptured form making."
Another success is the Fade Series, that is cast entirely from hand-dyed cement, poured in layers to create a light ombre effect in watercolor hues. This more minimalist collection is characterized by simple geometric forms, including several drums, two side tables, and a desk, as well as a “Cement Painting” produced by FM/s.
Mastrangelo’s latest collection the Escape series look like "three-dimensional landscape paintings". Escape collection includes a coffee table, a bench, drum stools, mirrors, a desk and a bookshelf, which are all cast from layers of material.
The uneven striations are built up to resemble abstract scenes of water, hills and skies across the flat and curving surfaces of the furniture pieces. Silica, hand-dyed sand and powdered glass are combined to create the effects, each bringing a different quality to the patterns.
"The cement, we worked it to the point where it was beautifully soft. They're like butter."