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Welt am Sonntag at Home with Bodo Sperlein

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Bodo creates beautiful designs for his clients, but what does his own home look like?

Welt's Annemarie Ballschmiter visits Bodo's renovated mews house in the heart of london, discovering a treasure trove: Loewe televisions, flea-market finds, contemporary furniture, antiques, and of course his own designs.

Brazilian rosewood, the pigment-rich colours of Little Greene and vintage posters from the 1972 Olympics are captured by photographer Dylan Thomas.

See the full story here.

 
 

New Work in Progress: Public Space

Bodo Sperlein

We are currently working on a unique public installation in Germany, a first for our studio and possibly our most remarkable brief to date.

Working with the influence of an interior space, the project has offered us a unique opportunity to incorporate an element of movement into the design, allowing the pieces to interact dynamically with the environment they will inhabit.  

We're looking forward to sharing the final work with you and releasing our film that will reveal this bespoke design process.

 
 

Bild x in The World of Wired 2018

Loewe, StudioBodo Sperlein

Technological innovation, key ideas and new trends start at The WIRED world for 2018. Our Loewe bild x is part of the annual by Jeremy White that highlights the go-to Gear for the coming year. 
 

 

Photography by Sun Lee

 

Scheduled to go into production in 2018,  the modular design of the bild x is set in an illuminating scene casting a shadow with its steel frame and polished-marble puck, captured brilliantly by Sun Lee

 
 

Highlights of 2017

Bodo Sperlein
 

Bild 9 launch

In May we launched our sculptural centrepiece: the bild 9 for Loewe.

Challenging the recent culture of overlooking home technologies as utilitarian, we created a product that reasserts the television as the focal point of the home.

“The objective is to encourage people to appreciate home technology products again. To me good design sparks people’s appreciation of how a product enhances their life.” - Bodo Sperlein

 
 

The bild 9 is a statement, a landmark piece that marked the shift towards the fusion of cutting-edge technology and progressive aesthetics. The design soon earned global recognition in multiple publications as “a work of art”.

Dezeen explained how Bodo wanted to “de-geezer” the TV, Wallpaper* praised the art deco aesthetics, Design Milk complimented the Bauhaus structure and glamour and Esquire admired the sculptural form.

 
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Bild 5 launch

Following hot on the heels of the bild 9, we launched our second product for Loewe, the bild 5, bringing a greater materiality and warmth through the use of silver oak in the stand.

The design is both classic and contemporary and was recognised by international publications, featured in Wallpaper* and hailed as one of the “coolest things in the world” by GQ

 
 

Loewe Event: Neue Werkstätten, Munich

In June we hosted an event with Loewe at Neue Werkstätten in Munich, in collaboration with prestigious Sammlung Goetz and Architectural Digest Germany.

The collections on show included the bild 9, klang 9 and bild 5, with the televisions screening the exceptional work of the artist Gerwald Rockenschaub.

 
 

Land Rover Born Awards

In July we won a Land Rover BORN Award for the bild 9, recognised as the finest example of Bodo’s outstanding work for Loewe.

 
 

The Awards are annually hosted by Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, and Jean-Christophe Chopin, the founder of BORN, to recognise exceptional creative achievements in lifestyle design.

Bodo enjoyed a trip to stunning Norway, where the awards were held, to celebrate the success and meet fellow first-class designers.

 
 

OLED Campaign

In preparation for IFA in September we created a campaign for our Loewe televisions. Together with photographer Jake Curtis, Studio Small, and set designer Hana Al-sayed, we focussed on the interplay of light and texture to showcase the signature OLED screens.

Bodo’s vision came to life through an arrangement of nostalgic florals, iridescent feathers, richly coloured fruit, translucent berries and objects of crystal and glass.

 
 

Bild x Concept launch

IFA in Berlin signalled the launch of our latest concept for Loewe and the re-imagined future of LG’s OLED technology.

The bild x carves a path towards the synergy of superb functionality and seamless aesthetics, illustrating our innovative approach to product design.

 
 
 

Installed at IFA, Berlin, the bild x “radically alter[s] the aesthetic of TV”, bringing futuristic technology and luxury together, as acknowledged by Dezeen.

 
 

Deemed one of Wallpaper*’s “electric dreams”, the magazine states that “Loewe has impressed this year” with Bodo’s creative direction, projecting them to the forefront of innovation in home technologies.

 The bild x will be available in Summer 2018.

 
 

Studio Campaign

In October we created a playful, abstract environment to interact with our products in our studio campaign. Shot by Tom Baker with set design by Lisa Jahovic, the campaign highlighted our tableware, hadron light and bild x.

 
 

Loewe Event: LUV Store, Hamburg

Held at LUV Interior Store in Hamburg, a rich and opulent setting surrounded the screens, with material from the OLED Campaign shot by Jake Curtis emphasising their supreme quality and allowing the bild 9 to become a modern painting.

Working with Lisa and Tom again, this time hosting an installation event in Hamburg which displayed a number of our products designed for Loewe.

 
 

The event allowed us to broadcast Loewe products to an international design community and strengthen the presence of Bodo Sperlein for Loewe in Germany.

 
 

Wallpaper Design Awards 2018 nominee

Most recently, we’re thrilled to be on the shortlist for the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2018 in the category “Best domestic design” for our Loewe bild 9 television. The winners will be announced January 11th. We’re keeping fingers crossed!

 
 

Looking back at 2017, it has been a remarkable year with multiple product launches and huge success in the international recognition of our designs. Carrying this momentum into the New Year, we are excited to develop our current projects, including unique commissions and emerging partnerships. 2018 will take us on new design journeys and promises our continued innovation in the world of design.

 

Thomas Baker captures the enigmatic opulence of our installation for Loewe

Loewe, StudioBodo Sperlein

Our recent event, held at LUV Interior in Hamburg, was an immersive display that showcased our latest designs for Loewe.

Photographer Thomas Baker captures the rich, opulent and enigmatic setting that surrounded the cutting-edge technology, creating still life photographs reminiscent of classical paintings.

 
 
 
 

Initiated by Bodo with set design by Lisa Jahovic, the space fused contemporary and antique motifs to create a surreal interior. Baker's photographs illustrate the interaction between the Kvadrat fabric provided by KinnasandLittle Greene's deep wall colours, and the intensity of reflected light.

 
 
 
 

Material from Jake Curtis emphasised the supreme quality of the OLED screens, allowing the bild 9 to become a modern painting. Here Baker shows the sumptuous colours and textures, illuminated by the screen and echoed in the surrounding tableau.

 
 
 
 
 

To see the way that the team worked to create this event, read our Hamburg Diaries.

 

Loewe Event: A Diary From Hamburg

Studio, LoeweKari Sundli

Last week we hosted an event for Loewe displaying our latest product design installed at LUV Interior Store together with set designer Lisa Jahovic shot by Thomas Baker. See our Hamburg diaries to get an insight behind-the-set and of how we work with our client Loewe.

 
 

Monday 27.11.17
Weather: 7 celsius, rainy

First stop, Tornqvist coffee brewery, Hamburg’s favourite new cafe in the middle of Schanze. Preparing for a long day, Lisa asks for a double espresso with hot water. The barista is not impressed, telling her that the water ‘will ruin everything’. Coffee in Hamburg is a serious science.

 
 

Fuelled by gourmet caffeine, we go to explore LUV, the three floor interior store that we are renovating for our Loewe event, together with German set designer Anka Rehbock.

Bodo wants to infuse the space with an interesting blend of contemporary furniture, art and vintage objects, to complement the OLED campaign theme. Just around the corner a huge prop house provides a treasure trove of objects and it takes us almost two hours to sift through its riches and select the items we need to embellish the installation. 

 
 
 

After Anka points us in the right direction for the flower-shop and thrift stores, a traditional German schnitzel at Hatari Pfälzer Stube completes a long first day in Hamburg.

 

Tuesday 28.11.17
Weather: 5 celsius, cloudy

Day two begins with collecting our prop house haul and checking out the city’s creative hubs - vintage shops and markets. Next we pick branches for Lisa’s aerial flower creation; she plans to hang the foliage from a steel frame in a doorway, linking the rooms.

 
 

As an experienced set designer, she is fully equipped with a tool bag, ready to gather branches and greenery in Hamburg’s chilly winter. We also stop by Grüne Flora to fill our arms with amazing flowers.

 
 
 
 

In a neighbouring street to LUV, Elbgold is our daily pitstop for lunch and flat whites. It’s not a long lunch though, as we work through each room at LUV, planning interiors that will align with Loewe’s brand aesthetic and the screen footage: material by Jake Curtis and Hana Al-sayed, performance art by Caroline Devauld and Kvadrat “Emanicipath” for Zeitguised.

Walls are painted in rich tones by Little Greene, an independent British paint manufacturer, which we highly admire for their commitment to the environmentally responsible production of high quality paints and wallpapers. From the outskirts of Manchester, Little Greene is one of England's most ancient industrial sites for the making of paints and dye solutions.

 

Things are finally starting to get together.
 

Wednesday 29.11.17

Weather: 6 celsius, rainy

 
 

We feel quite at home in the “Hamburg weather” and warm up with a hot drink like we would in London. Today’s morning coffee is from Less Political - an absolute must when exploring the area of Schanze.

 
 
 

Today we have a lot on our agenda before the press breakfast and evening event tomorrow, which will gather Loewe followers, Hamburg’s design enthusiasts and press.

 
 
 
 

After an efficient day of work, we sample more German cuisine at Berta Emil Richard Schneider before a cocktail at Daniela’s

 

Thursday 30.11.17
Event day!
Weather: 4 celsius, cloudy

Today is the day! Lisa is focused on the finishing touches before the press breakfast. Then the doors open and prominent German journalists arrive, eager to see Bodo Sperlein’s recent works for Loewe. To introduce the event, Bodo and Dr. Roland Raithel - Public Relations Director at Loewe - discuss the future of television and OLED technology.

 
 

Before the evening begins, we find some spare time to see the spectacular Opera house Elphilharmonie by Herzog & De Meuron, in the central area of Hamburg.

 
 

Then it’s a quick burger at Otto's and we’re ready for the night.

 
 
 

At 7pm the guests arrive to see the transformation of LUV Interiors. Our latest works, the bild 5 and bild 9 are the highlights, enhanced by Lisa’s set design. It is an immersive installation, combining painterly tableaus of alchemy antiques and curiosity objects in a warm, seasonal palette that emphasises the metallic shine of our collections.

 
 
 
 

The event allows the crowd to interact in a decadent, dark and mysterious floral arrangement suspended above table settings. A long table that adjoins the first two rooms illustrates a narrative of still life covering the surface - provoking thought of alchemy, macabre and mysticism, portrayed by multiple bottles, filled in varying amounts of inky liquid in various velocities.

 
 

Fabrics by Kvadrat are key within the ground floor environment - opulence of dark transparent coloured fabrics are draped luxuriously, with a mix of weights and textures - some lightweight, slightly obscuring for the viewer.

 
 
 
 

 

Friday 1.12.17

Weather: 5 Celsius, Cloudy

 

Friday, and it’s time for photographer Tom Baker and assistant Henry Mulhall to shoot the installation, before we pack our bags and fly home to London.

 

A Design Story: the bild x

Bodo Sperlein

The bild x is a statement. Pairing cutting-edge technology with seamless aesthetics, we are carving a path towards the future of television and illustrating our innovative approach to product design.

Here we reveal some of the inspiration, challenges and ideas that formed the journey of the bild x.

 
 
 

Using LG’s OLED technology - the most advanced and flexible screen to date - the bild x demanded an equally innovative approach, an aesthetically progressive design.

The concept was to bring increased materiality to technology, redefining the television as both a sculptural centrepiece and highly functional product.

 
 

Steering away from the plastics widely used in home technology, we sought to increase the material palette, choosing anodised metal, marble and textiles to reflect the synthesis of the artistic and the domestic.

The greatest challenge was to create a harmony between these industrial materials and the OLED panel, without the weight of metal and marble overwhelming the impossibly thin, 4mm-thick screen.

It was imperative that the frame did not dominate the design, allowing the screen to retain its unique and paradoxical power: that its understated form, its very thinness, is what makes it stand out most.

 
 
 
 

Taking inspiration from the geometry of cold war graphics and Bauhuas architecture, we used the natural weight of marble to give stability to the structure, allowing the frame to be fittingly minimalistic.

 
 

The bild x design works within the limitations of functionality and practical production, whilst embracing the freedom of the OLED screen.

This fusion of high quality technology with contemporary aesthetics marks it out as a truly innovative design and undeniably luxurious product. 

Click to the bild x animation and more information about the different stand solutions.

 
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Bodo Sperlein is The Aesthete in How To Spend It

Studio, PressBodo Sperlein

In the latest edition of the the Financial Times luxury lifestyle magazine How To Spend It, Bodo was titled The Aesthete: a connoisseur of the beautiful.

Bodo gives us a glimpse into a designer's habitat, from foodie gadgets to Viennese perfume, discussing his favourite pieces from luxury brands such as Filson and Zenith, as well as his attachment to his Pashley bicycle. 

photography by gabby laurent

Writer Charlotte Abrahams reveals the influences behind Bodo's aesthetic, including style icon Steve McQueen and the draw of constructivist art. It's clear that quality craftsmanship and elegance are an obsession that permeates both his home life and business, such as his creative direction for Loewe.

If you're looking to explore, Bodo also reviews his recent trip to Norway's breathtaking fjords for the Land Rover BORN Awards, gives a brief guide to the most sophisticated spots in Munich and recommends Lorne Restaurant as a local favourite in Pimlico.

Read the full article and more about Bodo's personal taste here.

Dibbern Black Forest by Bodo Sperlein

Shop, Studio, DibbernBodo Sperlein

The Black Forest collection is born of a partnership between Bodo Sperlein and German china manufacturer Dibbern, who share our interest in combining historic arts with contemporary aesthetic.

 

Photography by Thomas Baker

set design by Lisa Jahovic

 

Craftsmanship is essential; over 75% of Dibbern’s production involves manual processes and it is this attention to detail that ensures our designs are made to the highest quality. Each item in our Black Forest tableware range is handmade, using traditional methods and expertise to give these pieces their luxury finish.

Holloware, such as teapots and cups are cast in plaster moulds, but must then be fettled, smoothed and the handles precisely attached by hand, to ensure each is uniform.

Likewise plates are spun on the wheel, rather than mass produced by press. This gives the porcelain a higher density so that even fragile items have a longer lifespan.

 
 

The pieces must then be meticulously stacked to undergo multiple kiln firings which take over 40 hours each, before the detailed tree motif is applied by hand. For our festive Golden Forest design, this uses a delicate 24 carat gold leaf. To see our full Golden Forest tableware range, click here.

Finally, the making journey is at an end. Hours of collaborative design, skilled craftsmanship and detailed execution result in a dinnerware collection that unites a timeless aesthetic with undeniable quality.

Inspired by the elegant starkness of winter trees, Black Forest is one of our prominent sets of tableware, frequently used in renown Michelin-star restaurants worldwide like the Ledbury and The Greenhouse.

Use the code BODO17 to get your 10% off on Black Forest before the 9th November to receive your order for Christmas.