Jörg Schellmann’s recent designs for e15– Platz, Sitz, and Profil – masterfully blur the functions of furniture and fine art… Möbelkunst is an apt German composite of the words for “furniture” and “art” – figuratively (and quite literally) describing this fusion. Since the late 1960s, Schellmann has been producing and publishing contemporary fine art editions by Donald Judd, Joseph Bueys, and Andy Warhol among others through Edition Schellmann in Munich and New York. Within the past decade, he began developing his own furniture designs with both a keen understanding and well-honed visual translation of concept through minimalism.
When viewing a piece of furniture like a table or a bench for the first time one usually notices the form and considers the aspects that comprise it – typically the surface expanse and the vertical supports or base which enable the elevation of such. Yet, with Jörg Schellmann’s Platz table and Sitz bench, the first thing one notices is the seemingly enigmatic diagonal that bisects the space on the underside of each form – this diagonal element is neither surface nor base; moreover, it’s neither horizontal nor vertical. While it structurally assists in the stability of each piece functioning as a cross brace, we feel that perhaps its most important function is to prompt one’s ability to “see” volume – indeed, the “negative” space that exists around the physical structure of the form itself. This allows the viewer to enjoy an oft-overlooked aspect of furniture design and we applaud Jörg Schellmann’s celebration of such with Sitz and Platz.
Both the Platz table and Sitz bench feature frames mortised with visible solid wood dowel construction in thick northern European oak – each is available in seven rectilinear sizes. The Sitz bench also features a beautifully articulated, subtly concave seating expanse that ensures comfort for the user.
The Platz table was also designed in two innovative and alternate versions – each is taller than standard table height which permits their use with stools of varying heights rather than dining chairs. Either taller height of the Platz table also includes an option to add underside drawers to either or both sides of the table.
Like Sitz and Platz, Schellmann’s Profil shelf is also visually impactful. Its simple rectilinear, L-angled shape is composed of a single piece of extruded aluminum that can be easily mounted to the wall to function as a surface for objects. The form is also easily inverted allowing the shelf’s underside to be presented as a surface. The Profil shelf is offered in two lengths – the wider version is exactly 50% longer than the smaller – affording remarkable symmetry and precision when used as a multiple. Each version is also offered with open or closed sides. When presented as a group, the resulting assemblage is reminiscent of minimalist wall-mounted sculptures of the 1960s and 1970s.
All of Schellmann’s recent designs were first presented with e15 in Cologne earlier this year – all are now orderable through (context). We have long-admired Jörg Schellmann’s work and are excited by this collaboration with e15 and, moreover, the prospect of additional designs that will similarly blur the boundaries of furniture and fine art.