Chris Wolston is a Brooklyn, New York-based designer who marries contemporary creativity with otherworldly inspiration and traditional art technique with playful fabrication. Forging a new thoroughly postmodern aesthetic through ancient and modern influences, Wolston creates a wide range of products from lighting to furniture.
Chris Wolston’s educational resume is extensive, beginning with his study at The Wheeler School in Providence, Rhode Island and continuing with the Kokrobitey Institute, in Accra, Ghana in 2008. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Fulbright grant to study in Columbia, the designer solidified his highly personal technique, which involves combining traditional technique with a new-age inspired aesthetic. Invigorated by the traditional Colombian methods he was exposed to, Chris Wolston opened a second studio in Medellin to continue his collaboration and workmanship with the local artisans who inspired him during his Fulbright studies.
Chris Wolston’s work is creatively unique; from terracotta vessels to neon-colored sconces, the designer’s work blossoms in creative climates and showcases the ultimate potential of artistic design. His Fetish Lights collection for Sight Unseen OFFSITE show in 2015 brilliantly exhibited his singular brand of genius and his ability to create work that fits into contemporary design culture’s larger picture. Through his studies for handmade cookware and traditional ceramic arts, his Fetish Lights collection was born. Combining clear and colorful glass pieces mixed with other materials, the designs rely on textural inspiration and form creation to facilitate a distinct dialogue between artist and viewer.
Deeply inspired by the playful connections between intent and form, Wolston’s work marries cultural influences with manufacturing prowess to arrive at collections that include furniture, lighting, seating, and accessories.
Chris Wolston’s work has been showcased at Hand Job Gallery, Bongo Bongo, New York, New York, Collective Design, New York, New York, OFFSITE, Burning Down the House, New York, New York, Museum of American Glass, Creativity Ascertained, New Jersey, USA, Museo de Antioquia, El Barro Tiene Voz, Medellin, Colombia, Plecto Gallery, ESPACIO, Medellin, Colombia, Plecto Gallery, Strange Commonplace, Medellin, Colombia, K-ARTS, Cherry Blossom Live Event by Jocelyne Prince, Seoul, South Korea, The Gowanus Studio Space, Jell-O Mold Competition, Brooklyn, New York, Glass Art Association of Canada (GAAC) Conference, Sonata de Verre, Montreal, Canada, among others.