Steven Haulenbeek is a Chicago based artist and industrial designer. He received his bachelor’s degree in drawing and sculpture from Hope College in Holland, Michigan in 2002 and his master’s degree in Designed Objects from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2006. After working professionally as a furniture designer, in 2010 he founded his independent design practice with interest in experimental, material, and process-based objects for the home. Steven Haulenbeek Studio is represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris, London, New York and San Francisco.
Steven’s work passes by the typical design/build format and instead seeks to invent unique production methods by which objects emerge organically. By interjecting uncontrollable variants within his techniques, Haulenbeek experiments with the balance between design and serendipity. “Ice-Cast Bronze” and “Resin-Bonded Sand” are two of his best-know experimental processes developed in this spirit. The Ice-Cast Bronze collection pairs the natural freezing climate of the Chicago winter with the lost-wax casting process to create uniquely textured objects and furniture in cast bronze. The RBS Series (“Resin-Bonded Sand”) utilizes common casting sand, a disposable byproduct of the metal casting industry to create colorful sculptural objects, installations, furniture and lighting.