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Paul Loebach

Paul Loebach is an American industrial designer based in Brooklyn, New York and Berlin, Germany. His independent studio focuses on furniture, industrial design, lighting and household accessories. International in scope, Loebach’s design throughline is heavily influenced by genuine craftsman techniques, sleek materials, and invigorating society and functional, pragmatic production methods.

Loebach’s design resume began in Cincinnati, Ohio, where a long line of Germanic craftsman influenced the Midwestern designer. Such craftspeople as well as his father’s more recent work as a manufacturing engineer inventing plastics for Union Carbide in the 1970s, shaped Loebach’s early aesthetic, which would result in traditional practices being updated for modern use. After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, Loebach traveled to New York for an internship under the direction of furniture designer John Davies, and spent his first postgraduate year composing full-scale wood furniture drawings before opening his own design studio.

Loebach’s industrialized aesthetic heavily incorporates function, but also reserves plenty of space for minimalist, sleek characterization that results in state of the art pieces that push the boundaries of manufacturing technologies. By focusing on tradition, experience, and the progressive nature of materials, Loebach provides functional objects, which adapt artistic excellence for a busy, contemporary lifestyle.

Examples of his function-meets-art aesthetic include the X3 Watering Can, where the copper colored handle and spout are comprised of the same tube bent three times, his 2009 Wood Vases, and the 2012 Shanty lamp for Areaware. Similarly, Paul Loebach's lighting series refines the traditional cone shape of light shades into effortlessly minimalist works, while his Halo series relies on ephemeral influences to provide a reworking of traditional lighting that seems to suspend itself in the air.

Winning Best In Show for his Mirror Mirror at HauteGREEN in 2007, the innovative designer is no stranger to popularity and accolades for his iconoclastic techniques. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Wallpaper*, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Dezeen, Studio Printworks, Sight Unseen, and he has collaborated with companies like Logitech, Areaware, Makers Anonymous, West Elm and others.
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