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Charles Haupt was born in 1980 in Johannesburg and graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology as an industrial designer in 2001. Working closely with Otto du Plessis, he has spearheaded the functional design side of Bronze Age Studio, combining modern fabrication and digitally driven design with traditional bronze sculpture-casting 

Given since childhood to stripping objects down to their elements, Charles was drawn to science at school and grew up among his  architect father’s models and plans that anticipated the order of things.  He is guided from inception to production by a concern for function and process rather than adornment, but does not consider himself a minimalist; rather, he invests structural details with beauty. His work strikes a balance between reproducibility and singularity, combining the precision, efficiency and flexibility of digital and industrial processes with the tactile intimacy of hand-crafted objects. 

An apprenticeship at Bronze Age Art Foundry shortly after his studies piqued his love of bronze, followed by two years working for a foundry in London. The material’s mechanical properties enabled him to explore his fascination with nature’s mathematical patterns and articulations at every scale, a subject of study since Plato that has included Fibonacci’s sequence, Turing’s morphogenesis and Mandelbrot’s fractals. Charles interest lies in the rhythms and logic of symmetries, spirals and tessellations that are integral to the structure and surfacing of his designs.   

Citing a feather among his definitions of beauty, he speaks of how it can be reduced to barbs, barbules and hooklets while at the same time underpin the mechanics of a bird’s flight en masse and be equally at play in the astounding and as yet unexplained synchronised movement of migrating flocks.  

Charles has taken his vision for the future of design a conceptual step further with the use of technology. In real terms, he established loose parameters for code in a 3-D modelling programme that explores the natural logic of growth rings and branching of trees.  

His three-legged Tropism tables are firmly rooted in the functional realm even as they venture into pure aesthetics with digitally derived forms that are both reminiscent and prescient, like archaeological artefacts of the futureWhile the Tropism works are  forms of (and for) an imagined future that hack nature’s evolution and entropy, his Num Num collection draws  inspiration from the native South African shrub whose distinctive thorns are magnified into sculptural bronze table bases  and stands.  

Charles has exhibited widely with Southern Guild, both locally and internationally. His work has been shown at Design Miami, Design Miami/ Basel and Design Days Dubai, and was featured in Christie’s London’s First Open auction. He is represented in New York by top gallery Todd Merrill.  

Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Erosis

Bronze
60 x 55 x 29.5 cm
Edition of 5

Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Erosis

Bronze
60 x 55 x 29.5 cm
Edition of 5

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Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Foliorum

Patinated bronze
76.5 x 61 x 34.5 cm
Edition of 5

Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Foliorum

Patinated bronze
76.5 x 61 x 34.5 cm
Edition of 5

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Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Tertium

Bronze
68 x 68 x 45 cm
Edition 1 of 8 with 2 AP

Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Tertium

Bronze
68 x 68 x 45 cm
Edition 1 of 8 with 2 AP

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Charles Haupt
Tropism Tables

Bronze
68 x 68 x 45 cm, 43 x 43 x 90 cm,
50 x 50 x 60 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

Charles Haupt
Tropism Tables

Bronze
68 x 68 x 45 cm, 43 x 43 x 90 cm,
50 x 50 x 60 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

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Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Humilis

Bronze
68 x 68 x 45 cm
Edition of 8 with 2 AP

Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Humilis

Bronze
68 x 68 x 45 cm
Edition of 8 with 2 AP

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Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Altum

Bronze
43 x 43 x 90 cm
Edition of 8 with 2 APs

Charles Haupt
Tropism Mensa Altum

Bronze
43 x 43 x 90 cm
Edition of 8 with 2 APs

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Dining Table

Bronze, glass
180 x 180 x 76 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

Charles Haupt
Num Num Dining Table

Bronze, glass
180 x 180 x 76 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Coffee Table (joined thorns)

Bronze, glass
180 x 180 x 45 cm
Edition of 5

Charles Haupt
Num Num Coffee Table (joined thorns)

Bronze, glass
180 x 180 x 45 cm
Edition of 5

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Coffee Table (singular thorns)

Bronze, glass
180 x 180 x 45 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

Charles Haupt
Num Num Coffee Table (singular thorns)

Bronze, glass
180 x 180 x 45 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Branch Patinated

Polished bronze, patinated bronze
77 x 70 x 115 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

Charles Haupt
Num Num Branch Patinated

Polished bronze, patinated bronze
77 x 70 x 115 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

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Charles Haupt
Num Num Branch II

Bronze
77 x 70 x 115 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

Charles Haupt
Num Num Branch II

Bronze
77 x 70 x 115 cm
Edition of 5 + 2 APs

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