When design pieces tell a seductive story, it arouses an interest in the author and the story of Casey Gunschel is as alluring as her works. When Gunschel's first custom-tooled belts were noticed by a California Designer/Showroom owner, she was commissioned to craft a custom furniture piece. It was a 4x6 foot coffee table, featuring a splendidly tooled octopus. Gunschel now works exclusively on custom furnishings and wall treatments for both private collectors, hospitality, and commercial application.
After experimenting with conventional art school tutelage, and no less than at the renowned SAIC, she opted for learning by adventure by spending her formative artisan training on the road living out Samuel Johnson's words, “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”
Thus, set designing and building props for theaters around the US, and picking up residential decorative painting work sensitized her perception to materializing vision, and in 2005, an inspired, industrious Gunschel launched the well-received wallpaper company, Palacepapers.
The late 2000's led her to the rural Pacific Northwest, where she sought out saddlemaker Skip Arnew as a mentor, and found herself absolutely captivated by tooling. "I had assumed that leather tooling involved only set stamping techniques and often, in cheaper mass-produced goods it is, but authentic leather tooling is hand-carved and is a revered traditional art form dating centuries back. In early America, cowboys and ranchers employed tooling for ornamentation on saddles, chaps and the like as an expression of personal style, and identification. Heirloom quality was inherent.”
CASEY GUNSCHEL TO SHOWCASE NEW WORKS WITH CHICAGOLAND DESIGN SHOW AT WANTED NYC
NEW YORK, NY – Designer Casey Gunschel will unveil new leather works for interior applications aimed at high-end residential and hospitality markets. These hand tooled product creations will show this coming weekend at the WantedDesign show in New York as a part of the curated "Chicagoland" exhibit.
The surface application products to be exhibited gracefully incorporate both the worlds of contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship, making them a unique presence for each application. "Chicagoland" designers are well versed in and inspired by the intensity of the American industrial core of the last century. This show will nod to the strength in the well-made, and stand as a homage to the great midwestern manufactures that shaped the city these artists live in today.
The WantedDesgin show will be held in the landmark Terminal Stores building on 11th Avenue between 27th and 28th streets. The show runs from May 17th-20th and will include an array of international designers. Ms. Gunschel has stated that she will be present at the show throughout these dates and will also be available for scheduled appointments.