Project Store by Greta Marta – Lukas Cober

Project Store by Greta Marta | Lukas Cober

Lukas Cober was born in 1989 and raised in Aachen, the city on the tripoint of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands. Between 2010 and 2015 he studied product design at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design as well as the Faculdade de Belas Artes Lisboa. During his studies and several years after he worked as an assistant of Artist/Designer Valentin Loellmann. As a very physically working person and a skilled craftsman these years have taught him how to lead his creative energy towards an artistic vision. In 2016 he established his own design studio.

Studio Cober is an interdisciplinary design studio for objects of aesthetic expression through shape and materiality. Lukas Cober emphasizes the value and beauty of the chosen raw material to create minimalistic objects that remain timelessly beautiful. His priority clearly focuses rather on a feeling that the material and the shape might arouse then the function of the object itself. It might be a chair, a bag or a lamp. Not the function matters but the mutual integrity. Thinking about each product as a static sculpture he creates a conversation between materiality and shape with a very pure outcome.

The Kuro collection is my debut furniture project. As an interdisciplinary designer and makers studio I try to create visually strong content through materiality and shape. The inspiration for the Kuro collection came from my recent projects in leatherwork. I was experimenting with stretching leather into different shapes. With this image in mind I wanted to create something similar in shape but limiting myself to the material wood. The subtle curves of the table top with visually almost zero thickness are flowing smoothly into the column shaped legs. The black charred oak surface is giving no distraction in order to leave space for the shapes to act.

The visual result stands on its own and the applied function as a piece of furniture is just an outcome along the way. What started as an idea of materiality translated through shape resulted in a furniture collection.