Throughout his career, Castle's work has always demonstrated a commitment to form over function. He has resisted traditional furniture-making techniques and blurred the boundaries between art, craft, and design.
"The significant thing about my work," Castle wrote in 1970 in reference to his dual experiments in wood and plastic, "is not what it is made of but what it is. I would like always to be free to explore all the aspects of the useful objects we refer to as 'furniture.'"
Ultimately, Castle's most important conceptual enterprise may be to question the very definition of furniture as functional things.
Excerpt from the catalogue essay by Donald Albrecht for the exhibition "AutoPlastic: Wendell Castle, 1968-1973"