Contourline Exhibition: Les Ateliers Courbet

Contourline Exhibition: Les Ateliers Courbet

Les Ateliers Courbet exhibition showcasing the Contourline collection in New York.


the 'Portal' Outdoor furniture and lighting collection is a testament to the fusion of style and durability. Each piece, including a side table, coffee table, stool, and chair, is meticulously created to withstand the elements while elevating the aesthetic of your outdoor space. The materials, ranging from durable powder-coated stainless steel to waterproof fabrics and stone-like surfaces, ensure longevity and resilience in any environment.


Bodo's signature design language is evident throughout, characterized by a harmonious blend of simplicity and sculptural elegance. The recurring S-shape silhouette and organic forms of each piece radiate timeless sophistication, making a captivating statement in any outdoor setting.


An innovative aspect of the collection lies in its versatility. The side table, for instance, can effortlessly transform into a stool with the addition of a seating pad.


These modular lights, whether hung, standing, or used as flat discs, offer flexibility to tailor the outdoor space according to your exact specifications, reflecting your unique style and personality. The versatile flat disk lighting in the 'Portal' collection serves not only as a source of ambient light but also doubles as a practical platform for showcasing your drinks and food during al fresco dining evenings. This innovative feature enhances the functionality of the lighting elements, providing a dual-purpose solution that seamlessly integrates illumination and practicality.


New York-based design gallery Les Ateliers Courbet unveils an exhibition of new designs by Bodo Sperlein as part of the Contourline and Onda collection. The new Contourline editions expand upon Sperlein’s ongoing design investigation of sensuous lines and curved silhouettes drawing inspiration from the Viennese Secession movement. 



"Ateliers Courbet forms the perfect platform to showcase my Contourline collection, it is a gem of a gallery in the heart of Chelsea" - Bodo Sperlein 





This exhibition is the global showcase of the latest iteration of the Contourline collection, cast in bronze. This is a first for both the furniture collection and the studio as a new medium with new challenges and potential. As well as this exclusive unveiling the exhibition shows off the diversity of Bodo Sperlein's designs with pieces from several other collections. A new finish on the Onda centrepiece created by steam bending wood complements the materiality of the cast bronze. Pieces from Bodo's collaboration with Mexican master silversmiths TANE and lighting specialists Lobmeyr are also on display. 



This growing body of work pays homage to the artisanal dexterity of the woodcrafter-collaborators. While the wood pieces challenge the material's ductility, the latest cast bronze iteration emphasizes the consistent visual and tactile sensuality as the dual bronze finish highlights the movements and folds of the works.

The exhibition is running until January 2022.

Videography by Olia

Gallery photography by Joe Kramm

Contour Bronze photography by Jon Dan

Video editting by Michela Damone