“If I’m going to put new things into the world, I want them to be made of mostly reused material.” -Kim Markel
Kim Markel’s Glow Collection explores the qualities of childhood objects, fashioning slightly off-scale objects with unexpected color and handmade texture. By referencing these qualities, Markel hopes to imbue her work with a strange sense of magic in childhood explorations. Her pieces are handcrafted from a blend of both thermoset and thermoplastic, which are combined in large molds. Once cured, the objects are removed and polished to bring out their inherent translucency.
Markel grew up in the Hudson Valley in an extended immigrant family of artistically inclined craftsmen. She earned her BS and MS degrees from Carnegie Mellon University. Markel presented her first collection at the Architectural Digest show in March of 2016. In May, she showed with the AMDC and WantedDesign NYC in Brooklyn. Her collection
received the 2016 Rado Star Prize; the 2016 NYCxDESIGN Award for Best Seating; and Interior Design magazine's Best of Year Award. Her work has also been featured in a number of magazines and editorials, including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Design Milk, and Fast Company.
She lives and works in Circleville, New York.