The aesthetic expression of Lukas Cober presides over a show at the St.Vincents Gallery | News STIRpad

Lukas Cober grew up in Aachen, a tripoint between Germany, Belgiumand Netherlands, where he experimented with various forms of aesthetic expression in design and fine art comprising the cultural tastes of the three countries. With a bank of knowledge from his earlier student years at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design in design and art as well as experience working with iconic German designer Valentin Loellmann, he established his interdisciplinary practiceー Cober studio. Marking another creative exhibition, St. Vincent Gallery in Antwerp is ready to platform Studio Cober creations from September 29, 2022 to November 19, 2022. The design exhibition is intended to showcase the idiosyncratic practice of the interdisciplinary design studio that combines Arts and crafts with an in-depth knowledge of materials acquired by the product designer. Among the creations on display are his previous works, new commissions and creations he created especially for the occasion, such as wall sculptures, shelves and lighting fixtures; as well as tabletop models created exclusively from fiberglass, wood and resin.

The Wave Table Image: Courtesy of Studio Cober

Cober uses wood finishes while accentuating and embracing the natural texture Image: Courtesy of Studio Cober

As an important observation of the vast industrial designs one can capture the fluid essence of the individual materials that Cober used. It not only embraces the textures of each material but also pays close attention to their characteristics. For example, the movement that accompanies resin is evident in his ‘Wave’ table. Cober’s inclination towards furniture design is evident in all of the products on display. Each of the pieces carries a certain sculptural finesse, architectural detailsclean lines and very organic shapes.

The translucent resin stool Image: Courtesy of Studio Cober

Within the framework of the exhibition, Lukas Cober relies on his Kuro-Collection— which initially marked his debut in furniture design in 2019. The collection intertwines graphic lines with freehand sculptural forms, accentuating minimalism and the purity of shapes and materials. The subtle curves of the Kuro tables provide a visual thickness of slate light that blends smoothly into the domed legs, all crafted from black brown oak. Such is the collective experience that the pieces in the furniture collection emanate the naivety and austerity of Shaker furniture, a collection of furniture that draws inspiration from the cultural values ​​and adaptive personalities of Shaker society. At first glance, the design of the chairs, tables, consoles and bookcases seems impressively simple; however, closer inspection reveals that the rounded edges and slightly exaggerated proportions give the piece of furniture a surprisingly eccentric appearance.

The Kuro side table Image: Courtesy of Studio Cober

Just as the Kuro collection laid the foundation for Cober’s identity as an exceptional craftsman, furniture designer and artist, the ‘New wave’ collection explores the experimental side of this creative work. Illustrating the designer’s fascination with the oceans, Cober constructed the collection using resin and fiberglass fabric. While many designers have developed a trend towards the flexible use of resin in furniture creation, this is primarily facilitated by the use of digital printing and casting moulds. Cober, on the other hand, layers many layers of fiberglass with resin by hand and, after basic baking using casting molds, enhances each piece by hand. The actual curvy shape of each piece in the Wave collection is the result of Cober’s hand sculpting. The result is a beautiful collection of tables, side tables, stools, consoles and dining tables that are perfectly translucent and in aesthetically appealing plain tones of green and black, among others.

Sculptural tables by Lukas Cober Image: Courtesy of Studio Cober

The Wave Console Image: Courtesy of Studio Cober

Lukas Cober uses each material directly and intuitively, making the whole process of creating a piece a continuous exploration of experimentation. Each design is shaped and crafted just for the user, giving each piece a distinct identity. Cober often tweaks and changes details, learning as he goes and creating new opportunities. Working with “collections”, he is constantly able to apply the information he has learned about material investigation to new situations.

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