Clemens Gerstenberger was born in 1966 in Leipzig, Germany. He grew up in an environment that was defined by culture and craftsmanship. At the age of seventeen, he began a two year joiner apprenticeship. After this apprenticeship he worked in various joinery businesses and in restoration, in order to develop his skills. In 1993 he completed his examination for the master craftsman certificate at Leipzig's Chamber of Skilled Trades.
After becoming a master craftsman, he spent some years teaching and honing his skills as an instructor. From 2001 to 2002, Clemens spent time in Japan, learning fine woodworking and carpentry. During his time there he gained new inspirations and enhanced his technical and exacting qualitative skills under highly demanding requirements. Since 1999, he teaches the subjects design and construction as a free lecturer at the Chamber of Crafts in Leipzig. In his workshop business, founded in 1995, he creates unique furniture, sculptural furniture, objects and sculptures.
From 2011 to 2014, Clemens refined his designer needs by completing the " Designer in the skilled crafts" course at the Chamber of Crafts in Leipzig. Besides wood, he uses metal, clay and fabrics when creating details in his design process. His sculptural furniture, design objects and art can be seen at exhibitions and trade fairs in Europe, USA and Japan. Being one of the founding members of the annual "Ways of Art®" Lounge, his work can be seen there as well.
Objects from GERSTENBERGER are inspired by natural forms and the inherent power of the human mind to create. The studio, founded in 1995, manufactures unique furniture, sculptural furniture, objects and create design furniture. Apart from wood GERSTENBERGER also uses metal, clay and textiles in the design process.
The requirements for good design are substantial experience, keen perception and sense of forms. Clemens Gerstenberger, the protagonist of GERSTENBERGER, gained his wealth of experience during his study trips in Europe and Japan. GERSTENBERGER embodies the combination of distant cultures with Clemens Gerstenberger's own sense for aesthetics. For GERSTENBERGER the recognizability of decorative arts is as important as the preservation, care and advancement of traditional joinery and finishing techniques. Principles of Far Eastern craftsmanship are employed in the manufacturing process. Objects of the highest standards are created by the interplay between elaborate construction methods and careful material selection. Sustainability is held in equally high regard as longevity and functionality. Even with an artistic touch, aesthetic proportions always stays the main principle.
Individuals who hold artefacts by GERSTENBERGER in their hands, will not only appreciate the haptic encounter and the experience of beauty. For things to become truly enduring, they need a soul, which can be experienced subtly with GERSTENBERGER.
GERSTENBERGER makes sculptural furniture and objects for individualists, who consciously withdraw themselves from the Zeitgeist and demonstrate this mindset by surrounding themselves with representative objects.