“Since 2010 Valentin Loellmann has continuously build up a collection of unique furniture objects named ‘seasons’. Seasons is formed by various series of furniture and each piece is hand-made, marked and numbered. As a continuation, the series spring/summer can be seen as extension and reflection of the approach developed in the fall/winter series.
The spring/summer pieces consist of a wooden top around which a metal body is modeled. The forged structure of the base resembles the organic forms of pieces grown together. The wood top is slightly bent, burned and sanded with wax, resulting in a matte, leathery finish. The coppered body sculpted around the seat introduces a cold material, but radiates a warm glow that contrasts and complements the dark top and mirrors the season from which it sprang through its changing colors.
The latest additions to the spring/summer series demand discovery. The clean office has an almost leathery, pleasing surface, consisting of oak that is charred to black, then waxed and hand-polished until fine grains of oak just barely reappear. The backside surprises: almost invisible, awry metal-plated layers are welded to form a bellied body with a subtile descend into tender hammered legs. The coppered surface has a colorful, alternating patina with contrasting edges and corners, where the different sheets of metal adjoin. Only a tiny drawer interjects into the fine line where wood and metal meet.
This reverse side almost seems to resemble the frozen thoughts once contemplated at such desk.
A large dining set completes the newest creations. Similarly constructed, yet quite different in its appearance the objects dominate by their sincere, thoughtful character. Metal plates of various sizes are melted to a large double-walled body and strong legs emerge. The edges and corners where the bronzed metal meets arise from and descend back into nowhere â like frozen slices and ingrown scars. A deep thoughtfulness and graveness distinguishes these objects.
Here carried out in shape of a large dining table the metal structure forms a distorted, slightly elliptic lake carrying on top a clean, even glass plate. The guest is irritated by the layered impression of light reflections and translucent views into the body structure. Illuminated by daylight the structure steadily opens up new aspects, the surface resembles the impression of a mountain lake and reflects sparks of sun and light, the patina awakes into deep green-blue color patterns and present small streams and currents in the deeper water. The strong glass finish curtails these dynamics and frames it back into an elegant piece of furniture, allowing distance to the deeper thoughts and associations.”
Spring/Summer Dining Table