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Valentin Loellmann

Blue Sideboard


Description/

“Eschewing labels, Loellmann welcomes the obscurity of his practice and favors the tension and liberty of being in-between or nothing at all. “I like to create ideas and feelings, and make energetic things into a shape. In my case, it’s in the shape of furniture,” says Loellmann.

The surfaces in this cabinet involve a complicated process: while the structure is made of charred oak wood, the doors are made of brass lined with copper on top. A chemical reaction with the brass causes the copper to manifest as a decomposed landscape of blue. Then, Loellmann took two weeks to fill the doors with dozens and dozens of liters of resin, layer by layer, ultimately recreating a glistening deep blue sea. A closer look at the cabinet’s atypical materiality and craftmanship might leave an onlooker wondering about its work-intensive process and the improvisation involved.”


Valentin Loellmann

designer

"Born in 1983 in Germany, Valentin Loellmann was influenced early on by his ceramic artist father and a bucolic rural upbringing growing vegetables and rearing horses. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Maastricht, Netherlands in 2010 and founded StudioValentinLoellmann, his Maastricht workshop, in 2015. His beguiling handcrafted pieces, fashioned from darkened woods bracketed with polished and patinated metal, conjure an atmosphere of refined enchantment composed of sinuous curves and expertly handled materials.

Loellmann’s thoughtful design approach is evident in the smallest details of his creations, from smooth finished edges and harmonious wood and metal construction, to the coloration and texture of his surfaces. Guided by his attunement to a piece’s integration within its spatial environment, his designs are rooted in a holistic understanding of the influence of sensory stimuli on the emotions and the subconscious. Through his zeal for craftsmanship, Loellmann has developed a restrained yet fanciful sculptural approach that results in enduring works of art built for everyday use. The subdued contours of his organic modern seating, tables, and cabinets carved from charred oak, fumed walnut, brass, and copper evoke the austere

simplicity of natural landscapes and handicraft traditions elevated through high end design. Loellmann’s concepts also extend to decorative sculptures of carved wood ladders and staircases with polished stainless steel siding, quietly impactful works that indicate his contemplative view of the relationships between interior elements.

His work has been shown at Art Basel, Collective Design Fair (New York), and PAD Paris/London. He was awarded PAD London’s Best Contemporary Design Piece in 2013 and 2017. In addition to crafting his signature design pieces, Loellmann also works on interior design commissions for select private clients.

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  • Date/

    2022

  • Color/

    Blue

  • Edition/

    Unique

  • Material/

    Copper

  • Dimension/

    44.0 x 87.0 x 243.0 cm (17.3 x 34.3 x 95.7 in)

  • Heritage/

    Germany

  • Ships from/

    Netherlands

  • Made to order/

    Yes


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