Objects for Objects is a Los Angeles based furniture brand founded in 2017 by Leonard Bessemer. As a self-taught carpenter, Leonard got his start doing fabrication for artists in Berlin. Upon his return to California, he began doing full commercial and residential build-outs. Using leftover materials from those jobs, he built his own designs that would become the furniture brand Objects for Objects. The furniture is odd and playful, yet elegant. All of the pieces are built by hand, one at a time, in the studio or in collaboration with local craftsmen.
Objects for Objects has produced a limited edition collection for Urban Outfitters x Clever, shown at Collectible in Brussels, and was awarded a spot on Sight Unseen’s 2019 American design Hot List. His work has been featured in Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Domino, and Belle Magazine.
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Architectural Digest YouTube Channel - January 2022
In a new video for AD, DIY’er Drew Scott of Lone Fox and furniture designer Leonard Bessemer of Objects for Objects show us two exciting and unexpected options for rethinking the Billy.
Architectural Digest - January 2022
Leonard Bessemer is the owner & founder of Objects for Objects - a brand that makes fun sculptural furniture and home goods. We discuss what it means to be an artist vs maker, the troubles of running a business making things by hand, and what it means to be made in America. We also discuss the implications of technology, and where it’s headed, along with many other topics.
Inner View - Episode 11 - December 2020
"I’d work 8-12hrs a day working on projects for money and squeeze in time for my furniture pieces after that. There were lots of all-nighters. In the beginning, I was mostly making pieces for my own house or things I hadn’t seen before and thought should exist."
Cool Machine Interview - October 6, 2020
Interior design duo Baldwin and Bagnall share the long and short of the best benches
belle magazine - March 2020
"But even more than that, he’s inspired by the interplay between fantasy and reality and the potential of furniture to be something more powerful and comforting than a mere object in the room."
Sight Unseen - American Design Hotlist - December 2019
What happens when Urban Outfitters - a major lifestyle retailer highlighting creativity and cultural understanding - and Clever - the young, dynamic, online-oriented branch of Architectural Digest - join forces in the field of design? The emergence of new talents in American design.
Husk Design Blog - August 2019
In Los Angeles — Appropriately — a Furniture Maker Toeing the Line Between Fantasy and Reality
Sight Unseen - Up & Coming - August 2019
The Urban Outfitters x Clever Collection Is Here! We worked with six of our favorite young makers to create the designs of our dreams