(jana zielinski) Brooklyn designer Paul Loebach presented a collection of beautiful wooden furniture at Design Week in Milan. A set of utility objects – a mirror, a light, a clock, a vase, and a bowl – evokes the feeling of harmony with the flavor of sentiment, much like when we miss the good old days when a mirror was simply a mirror inherited from one generation to another. However, reality is not so simple.
Loebach’s approach to design is reminiscent of the Shakers’ philosophy when furniture had to last through the ages. His red mirror is extraordinarily practical. This drop-like mirror, which can be taken off the wall at any time and used as we wish, hangs on an accurately shaped nail. His simple clock, offered in various colors, is designed on the same principle. The bowl, incorporated within a shelf, is a follow-up to an older Loebach work. However, it is very simple and colorful this time. Yet, the simplicity is only apparent, receiving a spiritual dimension from Loebach’s work. It is a spirituality that one can use every day.