Helmut LUECKENHAUSEN, Table Enlarge 1 /1


Cologne, Germany born 1950

  • Australia from 1954

Table 1982 Place made: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: furniture, tables, teak

Primary Insc: incised underneath top 'HELMUT LUECKENHAUSEN TEAK '82'
Dimensions: 70.8 h x 61.4 w x 39.5 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased from Admission charges 1983.
Accession No: NGA 83.3232

Helmut Lueckenhausen trained as an industrial designer, but his unique furniture draws its inspiration from the natural world and the relationship between scientific inquiry and human experience. In this early small table, he has given the basic elements of its design – the legs and top – animal-like forms, suggesting a tautness and energy quite unexpected in such a small piece of furniture, while his use of unadorned, carved teak adds a further exoticism to this object. Lueckenhausen’s interest in such zoomorphic traditions in design has continued to inform his work, as has his research into the culture of ceremonial furniture.

Robert Bell

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
From: Anne Gray (ed), Australian art in the National Gallery of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2002