WORKAHOLIC // PATRICK WEDER
Patrick Weder’s work marries streamlined architectural elegance with sculptural refinement that integrate seamlessly within residential and commercial spaces. Inspired by naturally occurring forms and pushing raw materials beyond the practical application, Patrick created the combinations of corian and wood in 2001 and continues to refine this pairing with concrete. Originally from Switzerland, he moved to New York in 1994 to pursue art and design. After numerous exhibitions and high-end architectural projects, his experience working with a diverse set of materials—such as steel, resin, stone, wire, sand, and paper—led him to begin his own business creating primarily site-specific handmade furniture, functional objects, and light sculpture. Weder’s background in art, design and architecture helped him develop a brilliant sense of spatial relationships and the ability to design and execute a perfect fit for unique and exacting spaces. We caught up with Patrick for Workaholic at his Brooklyn studio.
Who are you and what do you do?
I am Patrick Weder, an artist and designer. I specialize in handmade furniture, functional objects, and light sculptures.
Where is your workspace?
My workspace is in Brooklyn. I split my time between my shop in Green point and my home office in Williamsburg.
What made you turn to this direction?
I became obsessed with painting and sculpture in Switzerland at an early Age. I came to NYC on vacation and never left. Art school was the vehicle to keep creating work and then the design world kind of found me. Acquiring new skills from working with master carpenters, designers, and architects it seemed like a natural evolution for my art to serve as a function.
Was this always your dream job?
Yes. As long as I am using my hands and creating for a living I feel it to be a dream. I feel really fortunate to have stuck with what I love to do and it has been supporting me in ways I never imagined.
How much of the week is work, how much is play?
My wife would like it to be 50/50 but it is really 90/10 …Work is play for me. There is truth in the quote “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”-Confucius
What has been the most exciting thing you have done with your work, and what is a dream situation you’d like to find yourself in?
I guess the most exciting part is that my clients and collectors trust my work and give me total creative freedom. My dream situation is to keep doing what I’m doing and expand my work in all directions. I always want to challenge myself in my work and hopefully inspire others to blur the lines between art and design.
How do you find your inspiration?
I think I get my inspiration from everyday life. I’m fascinated by the interplay and coexistence of nature and city. This is why I love using industrial materials and transforming them into organic shapes. Or the reverse process, organic wood shapes incased in concrete. I come from a place where attaining perfection is way of life and living in NYC I find the imperfections more interesting. Nature is perfection and everything else is perfect with its imperfections.
How do you define your personal style, work and clothing, etc.?
To sum it up in one word: minimal.
What’s something someone may not know about you?
In another life I would like to be a war correspondent.
Anything else you would like to say or for us to know?
Nope, that’s it.