Kimberly Markel’s “Glow Chairs” are made from reclaimed plastics which are unable to be recycled, such as eyeglass lenses and frames as well as plastics whose recyclability has been exhausted.
Markel has won several design awards for this work since their premiere at the Architectural Digest Show in NYC in 2016.
Markel logged four years working in environmental and public policy in D.C., Baltimore, and Rhode Island. "I liked working in policy," said Markel, who studied the subject at Carnegie Mellon. "But I thought I would love to be in a world where things are made and there is art and design around." Soon she was working in a foundry in upstate NY where she was fabricating works for Jeff Koons, Matthew Barney, and Frank Stella.
Markel set out to make her own work. Her background led her desire to produce work in a responsible way instead of adding to all the new material in the world.
So she took a job at the foundry, where she got a crash course in fabricating large-scale fine art pieces from the likes of Jeff Koons, Frank Stella, and Matthew Barney. Before long, she moved to her own studio in Beacon, New York and started making furniture and art objects that drew from both of her past work experiences.