Denver Art Museum’s Design After Dark – CAST

CAST is the theme for early 2014’s iteration of the museum’s annual art and design object auction, with all proceeds benefiting the Denver Art Museum’s Design Council.  This year I was asked to produce 5 objects to be auctioned at this outstanding annual gala party held on January 31.  In keeping with the theme while continuing my ongoing explorations into creating free-form hydro-formed steel shapes, I created a reusable steel mold from a hydro-formed volume in order to cast a series of concrete and steel lights.  Called Obelus I, these five LED lights are prototypes for a production version which is slated to launch in late 2015 as part of a new line of design objects and furnishings.

Obelus I has also been acquired by the Denver Art Museum and is now part of its permanent collection.

Obelus IIMG_4121 IMG_4136

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Armoire aus Stahl

This singular Armoire is made of steel, solid maple and stands eight feet tall.  Its formidable size and craftsmanship set it apart.  The removable door relief panels are powder-coated with a custom color formulation to match an antique avocado telephone residing in the armoire’s vicinity and four one inch thick shelves adjust to store significant objects.  The chemically blackened steel is buffed with beeswax and the maple woodwork is custom aniline dyed and lacquered.  The tapered legs are a removable chassis, and the magnetic latching doors are hung with continuous stainless hinges.

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Nesting Neck Pillows in Steel and Graphite


NestingNesting Neck Pillows      Steel     32 x 19 x 29


Nesting Study 1    Graphite, Chalk       28 x 42

IMG_20130410_182149_005cropsmNesting Study 2    Graphite, Chalk       28 x 42

IMG_20130410_182209_280cropsmNesting Study 3    Graphite, Chalk, Spray Paint       28 x 42

IMG_20130410_182138_281cropsmNesting Study 4    Graphite, Chalk       28 x 42

IMG_20130410_182128_990cropsmNesting Study 5    Graphite, Chalk       28 x 42

IMG_20130410_182121_171cropsmNesting Study 6    Graphite, Chalk       28 x 42

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Exempla St. Joseph Children’s Hospital – Request for Sculpture Proposal

This is Cataform’s recent proposal submitted for a sculpture at the main entrance to the newly re-constructed Exempla St. Joseph Children’s Hospital in uptown Denver, which was founded in 1873 by four missionary sisters.  It was envisioned to be comprised of four  hydro-formed tapering helical steel shapes.  This brightly colored sculpture concept is intended to be elegant, inspirational, and inviting to children and adults alike.


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Design After Dark 2013 – Cirque/Illusion

Mathias Leppitsch CATAFORM Float DriftFloat Drift, an inflated steel raft sculpture, created for the event under the sub-category Illusion, took the prize for “Most Over the Top.”  The fundraiser auctions artworks created specifically for the event in order to benefit the Denver Art Museum Design Council.

Float Emerge smIMG_0787

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Perspective Frame – Becoming Van Gogh at DAM


Working from a sketch and description which Vincent Van Gogh included in a letter to his brother, I recreated his perspective frame for the Denver Art Museum’s recent epic exhibition of more than 70 paintings and drawings by the artist.  The field tool provides a unique insight into the painter’s methods and mastery of composition.  The building of the frame was coordinated with Spatial Poetics.  Since the close of this local exhibition, the frame has been requested by and been given to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.



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Stainless Potrack

IMG_9020modsmWith its custom shape, permanent anchoring, double rails, and herringbone hooks…  this solid stainless steel device is no slouch.

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Light Bells – Illuminated Sculptures

“The light sculpture is just incredible. It’s been a huge hit with friends and family. It’s an incredible asset to the space, adding both substantial commercial and artistic value. Most of all, I still find myself entranced by its sheer beauty.” -Keith Parks, client

This sculpture consists of six hydroformed steel shells which have deconstructed, modified, and reassembled to form vessels for light and color.


LIGHT BELLS installed



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Pillow Case Donated to 8th Annual DAM Fundraiser

I am excited to have participated in a fourth Design After Dark art auction and gala to benefit the Department of Architecture, Design, and Graphics and the Design Council of the Denver Art Museum which took place this past Friday.  This year’s assigned theme BESPOKE with sub-category pattern is one that resonated with my desire to create a designed functional object.  Creating art objects is always a rewarding endeavor, but considering that this department of the museum exists to further awareness of design, it seems appropriate to begin thinking about submissions to this event not as about making art but rather about artfully exercising functional design.

Welded aluminum, leather, wool pinstripe fabric, upholstery foam.

The pillow case is similar in size to other handbags, at 6 in x 11.5 in.

This ferrule on the handle slides to open the case. When carried, it remains in the locked position at the bottom of the handle’s incline.

Submissions were asked to be accompanied by a narrative…

Fortnighter Lite, bespoke pillow case (and Unbend Lozenge Pillow)

by Mathias Leppitsch | CATAFORM            February 2012

The Fortnighter Lite by Cataform is an exclusive welded aluminum travel pillow case crafted specifically to preserve and announce the singular legacy of your Cataform Unbend Lozenge Pillow.  In the next fourteen days, it’s Tokyo, Reykjavik and San Francisco.  When you need the hauter conveniences of any city, they are yours.  And, wherever you find yourself resting, nothing you buy can help you relax as completely and as intimately as the comfort of your own Unbend Lozenge Pillow.  Keep it safe, keep it at hand, and do so in Cataform style to assure that your rest will be as luxuriant as it is your own.  If you pack anything, pack your pillow case.

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Function(al) Trade Show Exhibit

Back-country winter sports-gear producers f(n) contracted Cataform to help present their new products at this year’s snow sports industry tradeshow SIA.  I provided exacting fabrication services for their sleek booth as well as some additional logistical support.

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