Stefan Bishop uses a variety of materials to create his out-of-this-world designs

Stefan Bishop Okra
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Name: Stefan Bishop

Type of work: Experimental artist and designer 

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Established: 2012

Based out of: Los Angeles

Is it sculpture? Is it furniture? For artist and designer Stefan Bishop, it’s both. “What I do is diverse. I’m not a traditional furniture maker, so rarely do I use traditional woodworking techniques or finishes.” 

Everything Bishop creates is experimental. Every piece has a custom finish on it. Sometimes it’s as simple as washing the wood with ink. Sometimes it’s a layer of acrylic, a layer of a water based finish, an epoxy glaze, everything you can imagine off the finishing shelf he’s used, sometimes in multiples. The resulting pieces are dramatic objects of art as much as furniture, and are always experimental. 

Here are three crazy-cool examples of Bishop’s striking work.

Puddle Side Table

Stefan Bishop Puddle Side Table

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Monolith 24

Stefan Bishop Monolith 24

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Okra Sculpture

Stefan Bishop Okra Above

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