California Homes – January/February 2024

January/February 2024 Edition of California Homes

Brutalist Nature

Artisan Chuck Moffit Creates Balance Between Delicate Crafted Detail & Machine

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA-BASED ARTIST and furniture designer Chuck Moffit creates work that marries time-honored techniques with innovative mechanics. His collections balance brutalist processes while incorporating delicate details. Moffit creates his pieces out of glass, steel, bronze, and leather but is not confined by these materials and is engaged in experimenting with unexpected elements. His work often blurs the lines between art and functional furniture. 

Moffit has collaborated with artists Ingram Ober and Marisol Rendon-Ober on public artworks for MiraCosta Community College’s San Elijo Campus in Cardiff, California, and the Bayside Fire Station No. 2 in San Diego, California. Moffit’s work has been shown at the Hammer Museum, High Desert Test Sites, Eric Buterbaugh Gallery, JF Chen, and Christopher Grimes Gallery, among others. Moffit was an artist-in-residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center’s Arts/Industry at Kohler Co. Moffit received his MFA at Claremont Graduate University, where he focused on sculpture and experimented with steel.

Tiberinus Side Table by Chuck Moffit

Stratum Dining Table by Chuck Moffit

The rocky terrain surrounding the artist Mt. Baldy’s studio is a fitting backdrop for his brutalist-inspired work that constantly evolves as he discovers new equipment, techniques, and scale. His unique creations have attracted serious collectors and esteemed interior designers, including Oliver Furth, Kelly Wearstler, Nickey Kehoe, and Suzanne Tucker. The new armor sideboard represents his creative process of problem-solving, combining machine and well-crafted details.

TOPO XX002 by Chuck Moffit

Armor Sideboard by Chuck Moffit

“Often, my favorite pieces have been started without completed drawings. I enjoy creating fragments and backing myself into a corner where there can only be a couple of solutions to pull a work together. With the Armor sideboard, I made patterns for the bronze doors. Once cast, each weighed 75 pounds. The heaviness necessitated custom-complex hinges made from machined brass. My process allows me to balance finally crafted details against moments of raw cumulative actions.– DESIGNER CHUCK MOFFIT 


Statement Lighting that will add Warmth and Style to your Interiors

BAROVIER & TOSO – The Palmette chandelier is a contemporary interpretation of Art Deco with fans of crystal leaves.

OCHRE – The contemporary Gaia multi-tier pendant features six solid glass drop illuminates by LED.

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