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Designer Steven Haulenbeek's ice capades

Designer Steven Haulenbeek's ice capades

For many Midwesterners, the Polar Vortex of 2013-14 provided incentive to stay indoors and stream a lot of Netflix. Not so for Steven Haulenbeek, a Chicago designer who saw the brutal cold as a chance to get outside and work. That’s because ice — enormous chunks of it — have provided the means to perfect his new design technique.  “I started ice-casting a few years ago,” the 34-year-old says. Working long winter nights at his studio, the cold started to get to him. “I...took a little hot casting wax and poured it into a puddle outside. It quickly cooled, creating this swirly, raisin-y texture.” Once the mold had dried, he lifted it out and...