Critics have compared Michael Samuels to Deconstructivist architects for his practice of carefully dismantling and reconfiguring industrially manufactured furniture into abstract structures. His works share a common theme of displacement, ruin, recycling, and reappropriation. Samuels, who received his training in sculpture at the Royal College of Art, has been particularly drawn to modernist furniture and functional objects—he maintains that abstraction is only ever possible in relation to function. Samuels’ pieces are the result of careful deliberation with respect to form, texture, and surface. Samuels has worked with brightly colored objects, patterned Formica, and more recently teak furniture. Lighting is also a recurring motif in his work, in the form of repurposed lamps and affixed LED lights.