Inspired by generations of makers
Atelier Stōbben specializes in modern lighting inspired by minimalism, Mennonite heritage and generations of self-sufficiency. We design with long-lasting, raw materials, such as hardwood, metal and concrete.
Founder and designer, Paul Neudorf, comes from a long line of creators and makers, and considers himself a modern, queer Mennonite, one generation away from the Mennonite colony where his father grew up. His background in experimental video art, modern dance, and an interest in sustainability and minimal design also influence his aesthetic.
After working in the film industry for over a decade as an experimental/documentary filmmaker and video editor, Neudorf realized he needed a change and wanted to work more in the studio. With a design obsession and the desire to connect with his Mennonite background, Atelier Stōbben was launched in the fall of 2017.
Neudorf’s collections often have titles in Low German, a nod to the language his father’s family spoke growing up in the Old Colony Mennonite communities in Chihuahua, Mexico. “Stobben” means “stump” in Low German, inspired by aspen stumps drying outside his parents’ house in southwestern Alberta. That turned into his first collection of stump lamps, and was the catalyst for launching his business.
For his new collection of circadian wall lamps, he’s working with circadian scientists and experts proficient in new technologies, and will be offering these lamps, plus a table-lamp version, on the market for Winter 2021.
Since the pandemic hit, he has been working on new wooden hanging lamps in the Bommel line with wood-turner Pierre Tardif, one of the most talented wood turners in Montreal.
We hope you enjoy!
I love my copper lamp, and I've gotten more compliments on it than any other piece in my home
-- it's so unique! [re: Koppa lamp - Large copper-curve desk lamp]