The work of Berlin-based designer Lukas Wegwerth explores tensions – the tension between the natural and the artificial, between organic growth and creative intervention, and between the unexpected and the controllable. He manipulates natural processes in order to create his designs and explores ways an object can acquire new meanings over time. Born in Ilbeshausen, Germany in 1984, Lukas went on to study at the University of the Arts in Berlin, creating work that followed in the playful and experimental precedent of the likes of Carlo Mollino and Jerszy Seymour. He cites the folkloric work of Dagobert Peche, the honest carpentry of the shaker design movement, and the provocative and genre-defying work of Atelier Van Lieshout as particular influences. Lukas works primarily with found, organic materials, and his designs explore notions of growth and transformation, of memory and time. Lukas Wegwerth’s works have been acquired by private and public collections worldwide, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia.