Michael Lehner


Michael Lehner
Michael Lehner

Born in Wolfsburg in 1966

1989-1992 course of studies in German language and literature and art education in Kassel and Brunswick

1992-1996 course of studies in industrial design at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste (school of art and design) in Brunswick and Berlin Weissensee

1996-2000 freelance designer working out of Atelier Werk in Berlin 

2000-2001 cooperation in Werkstudio with Professor Axel Kufus, Berlin 

2002-2004 head of the design department at Nils Holger Moormann in Aschau im Chiemgau

2005-2007 freelance designer in Berlin, teaching position at the Universität der Künste (university of arts)

2007-2010 freelance worker at c.fischer innenarchitekten (interior design office) and freelance activities for a number of clients


The inspiration for the Wobbly Sheep came through a coincidence. The Viennese landscape artist Jakob Fina saw a stool in a furniture store in Vienna, which I had designed in the mid 90s. The rolling stool is called La Vaca and has a very minimalist body form, is covered with cow hide and has two wooden horns to hold on to. He rang me up and asked me to design something similar for a park in Vienna. That’s how the Wobbly Sheep came into being. Its form is very orientated on the stool but instead of the rollers it was given a tilting mechanism for the legs. There is actually no typical way for a designer to work and especially not if you work freelance. Unless there is an order where the client has a pretty firm idea of what they want to have, it is often coincidences that provide inspiration. You have a basic idea germinating inside you for a long time and you carry it around with you in your mind. You continually put off the moment that you begin to work on it and look for substitution activities. Tidying, cleaning, shopping, answering emails etc. until finally the pressure becomes so great that you simply have to begin. During this time your thoughts continue to revisit this idea again and again, you make short notes and sketches and it begins to take on a life of its own. So ─ wait and think, keep mulling it over in your mind and distract yourself. It doesn’t matter if it is playground equipment or any other product; the reason I became a designer can be attributed to the fact that I like to design things for other people that give them pleasure while they are using it or things which are simply practical.


michael lehner | industrial design
grunowstraße 6
13187 Berlin

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