Bert Löschner (*1981) is a product designer and artist. Born in Zwickau in Germany, Löschner became famous for his work with Monobloc-chairs, better known as garden or plastic chairs and available in even the remotest corner of the world.
Löschner liked the material of the stackable chairs; it took many experiments until he managed to transform them into new creations through thermoforming. Löschner went through 40 chairs in his experiments before he was able to create his first sculpture. It was impossible to work on the chairs with glue and it was the right technique that made the deformation possible. Now the artist creates fascinating and extraordinary objects from the formerly convenient but boring or even ugly everyday chairs.
Bert Löschner - plastic chair series
What’s special about his sculptures is that they are always still recognizable as chairs. Yet Löschner positively brings them to life and makes them seem human by having them climb a tree, hug each other or hold an umbrella. He does not seem to run out of ideas. Asked how much time it took him to create a sculpture, the artist answered: “Still too long! As you can see in my blog there are way more sketches than objects".
In those sketches Löschner dreams up new and extraordinary ideas for his garden chairs. Human interactions are his role model and provide an endless stream of inspiration. The artist describes his concept as “emotional design”; the chairs only fulfil their original purpose in a few cases, such as the object “Valet”. “The valet is not a chair made for sitting. You can sit on him when you’re tying your shoes but the real function is to assist. It’s not the first chair created to fulfil this function. The innovation is that this chair truly shows what he is made for.“
Born in Zwickau in 1981, Bert Löschner knew early on that he wanted to work in the arts. After finishing school he began studying architecture in Reichenbach, changed after three semesters however and finished his diploma in product design at the University for Applied Arts Dresden. He went on to do postgraduate studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg.
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