Michael Schoner, born in 1977, is not a designer by training. An architect and engineer, he graduated from the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. Michael Schoner who settled in the Netherlands several years ago has repeatedly worked with architecture firms such as NL Architects, Group A, Carve and Lola Landscape, designing street furniture for them. This is probably where his very unique relationship to design and taste for objects that have been well designed and executed comes from. Michael Schoner jokingly says that if he were not such a coward, he would be a sculptor. The key feature of Michael Schoner’s work is great visual strength as well as his use of materials. Whether with PVC tubes (Walking Tube, 2014), wood (Vault, 2014) or metal (8 Bench, Tricorn and Tower lamp, 2017-2019), Michael Schoner always manages to extract the best qualities from materials and to implement them with great precision. If this comes across as a relatively traditional definition, the resulting works are not. Another characteristic of his work is to attain an outcome that is always unexpected. In the collection of objects produced for A1043, (8 Bench, Tricorn and Tower lamp, 2017-2019) the material used is a leather-effect stainless steel usually seen as a trim in places used by the public, such as lifts. This material that we are not accustomed to seeing in the shape of furniture is completely different in this instance. The seat, coffee table and lamp look heavy and solid in appearance whereas their use proves to be light and gentle.