'seasons' by valentin loellmann
german designer has valentin loellmann has created 2 collections of stools, benches and tables with different dimensions, functions and structures.
although diverse in size and set-up, all pieces are characterized by a similar working process in which mortise-and-tenon joints are used to connect
hazel branches to an oak top. a mixture of sawdust and glue is used to fill and round off these connections, resulting in an aesthetic, organic form in
which no sharp edges remain.
the pieces are burned and treated with wax, after which the top is sanded, polished and treated with oil. the hazel
branches, chosen for their strength and straightness, introduce a natural dynamic into the final structure and give each piece a distinct though
recognizable character. each piece is hand-made, marked and numbered.
as both a continuation and a reflection of the approach developed in the first series fall/winter series, this collection adds new pieces from
time to time consisted of pieces with an oak top around which a metal body is modeled.
this base form is then placed in an electrolytic solution with metal particles that gives way to a copper skin over the body of the piece.
the oak top is slightly bent, burned and sanded with wax, resulting in a matte, leathery finish.
the electroformed copper body sculpted around the seat introduces a cool material, but radiates a warm glow that contrasts
and complements the dark oak top and mirrors the season from which it sprang through its changing colors.