Brutalist Forged Iron Dining Table or Desk by Sculptor/Blacksmith Stephen Bondi of the renowned Bondi Metals. This large sculptural base can easily support a glass top up to 96' x 48 or larger. Dimensions- Base- 59.5 x 37.5 x 29 Stephen Bondi (1948-2004) studied Modern Blacksmithing with Toni and Simone Benetton in Treviso Italy in the 60’s and introduced the Nazel pneumatic hammer to Modern Blacksmithing in America. Soon after, Bondi Metals’ “Tree of Life” staircase commission was a landmark in the early New Iron Age movement of this country (see The Contemporary Blacksmith, by Dona Meilach, pg. 68. The recent Meilach books represent a significant record of Bondi’s work). Unlike the British or German smiths, the Italians, for the most part, did not participate in the internationalism of the New Iron Age movement. There had not been the likes of Richard Quinnell or Manfred Bredohl. There was, however, Stephen Bondi. Through repeated trips to Italy, Bondi became more convinced of the depth of Italian talent. Not only did he bring to the American table Toni and Simone Benetton, but also Alessandro Mazzucotelli, Carlo Rizzardo, and at the 2000 ABANA conference in Flagstaff, Arizona, Angelo Bartolucci.
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