Torsten Neeland

Torsten Neeland studied industrial design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste in his hometown, Hamburg, before he opened his own studio in 1991. One of the first lights he designed is the Cut (1991) lamp, which has been part of the ANTA program for 25 years and is now one of their classics. His wall lamp Tank (2003) consists of a hidden, circular fluorescent tube, which throws indirect light onto the wall surface. The intensity of the light and the luminous field can be changed here so that it shines out either soft or bundled. The Suspended Light (2016) with modern LED technology is one of his current designs, the side reflectors of which produce different light effects. In the late 1990s, Torsten Neeland relocated to London. Since then, he has been one of the most sought-after German designers, internationally known as “new minimalists”. This design approach is also evident in the installation project Urban Nomads, which Torsten Neeland created with the fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. It is a counterpoint to the throwaway movement and is an expression of timeless beauty. All designs, including the wardrobe Urban Normads 1 and 2 (2014), can be dismantled without screws and tools and can be transported in a space-saving manner. But the idea behind the objects is not a practical, but an emotional one—because Neeland’s designs are meant to accompany us for years. At an interface between art and technology, his designs of hybrid furniture were created in limited editions. An example of this is the Hall Table (2004). A formally reduced wardrobe consisting of a console with four light sources in its frame, producing an indirect light which illuminates the room in different colors and acts like a light installation.

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