Hand Caste.

Originally from Montana, designer Ty Best and his business partner, onetime banker Brad Rowley, have created a company 1,300 miles away in Chicago. The showroom of Caste is a handmade collection of furniture, art and accessories inspired by the natural landscapes that are rampant in the state of Montana. There is a huge emphasis on bleached and cerused wood grains – tied in with the white-oak lounge chair, the wengé bar cabinet, and pieces incorporating a combination of these attractive finishes. Add steel, leather, tree resin, mohair, and polished accents to create furniture and accessories that take on a sculptural quality. I have to say that I really like the contrast of textures and earthy tones we find in nature’s woodlands and mountains. Local Chicagoan (is that what you’re called?) Oprah Winfrey needs to Caste these guys as one of her favorite designers. I’m just sayin.
Showroom exterior of Caste.

Caste showroom front facade.

Detail of woven mohair sculpture

Creative displays of art and furniture.

Linear oval tables - I love the polished legs and the burnt walnut top.

Very cool double floor lamp. Very ingenious.

The contract of color and shape creates an overall effect and mood.

At some angles, its the Jetsons meet mountain man.

The handcrafted works are as fine quality as one can get

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