“If I’m going to put new things into the world, I want them to be made of mostly reused material.”
Markel’s Glow collection explores the qualities of childhood objects- a slightly off scale, unexpected color, handmade texture. By referencing these qualities, she hopes to imbue her work with that strange sense of magic in childhood explorations. Kim’s objects are handcrafted from both thermoset and thermoplastic. A blend of the plastics are combined in large molds. Once cured, the objects are removed and polished to reveal their inherent translucency.
Kim Markel’s objects are handcrafted from a variety of recycled plastics - both thermoset and thermoplastic. 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. Markel presented her first collection at the Architectural Digest show in March of 2016. In May she showed with the AMDC and WantedDesign Brooklyn. Markel’s collection
received the 2016 Rado Star Prize, the 2016 NYCxDESIGN Award for Best Seating, and an Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Award. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Architectural Digest, Design Milk, and Fast Company, amongst others. Markel’s Glow collection explores qualities of childhood objects- a slightly off scale, unexpected color, and handmade texture. By referencing these qualities, she hopes to imbue her work with that strange sense of magic and delight inherent in childhood discoveries.