Since its founding in 2001, Platform has been continually evolving and morphing to respond to the creative output of its founder, Zach Hadlock - an artist, designer and craftsman.
Raised in Utah, Zach grew up working in his father's foundry and assisting him in his studio. At a young age, he became proficient in many aspects of metal work and used this experience to form the basis of his own sculptures. While studying art at the University of Utah, he exhibited his work at galleries and arts centers in Salt Lake City.
Zach began his move East in 1995 and lived in Ohio where he was the studio director for Ann Hamilton – and during the next five years he managed numerous major projects including her presentation at the Venice Biennale and museum commissions and installations around the world.
In 1997, he moved to New York to attend the fine arts graduate program at Bard College where he earned an MFA in sculpture. In 2000 he was a resident artist at Skowhegan and the following year received a NYFA fellowship.
During this time, he increased his vocabulary of materials and methodologies and exhibited his artwork at venues such as Spaces Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio; Sculpture Center in Long Island City, New York; and Exit Art in New York City. He also fabricated artworks, created installations and managed large scale projects for many renowned artists.
Zach established Platform Furniture and Fabrication as he further expanded his scope of work to include designing and producing furniture and house wares.
During the next few years, Platform specialized in custom furniture characterized by both elegance and functionality, using the highest quality materials – including locally sourced hardwoods – to create pieces that are expertly crafted and meticulously hand finished.
Drawing on influences from American Colonial and Shaker furniture to Minimalist sculpture and Danish modern design, Platform became highly sought after for work that is characterized by a clean, contemporary aesthetic and informed by the quality and tradition of American woodworking.
During this time, in addition to Zach¹s own furniture, and table top items in ceramic, metal and wood, Platform produced work in collaboration with many notable architects and designers.
In 2005, The Noguchi Museum commissioned Zach to produce a special limited re-edition of the lacquered wood and aluminum chess table that Isamu Noguchi prototyped in 1944. Continuing this relationship, the Museum now features Zach’s oxidized oak bowls in their store.
In 2011, Zach relocated Platform from Bushwick, Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley. That year, hurricane Irene and the next year, hurricane Sandy, brought down many trees in the area and Zach began salvaging and seasoning the wood that he is now using to make sculpture and kitchen ware.
And once again, with this move, Platform was reinvented as Zach returned to his studio practice while also producing the turned bowls, hand carved spoons and other tabletop items that he sells at his local farmer's market.