ABOUT ROBERT LACKERSTEIN
Passion and creativity are the life forces that drive my business. I have a natural instinct for art and design with the added ability to construct with various materials. Being able to skilfully work from a large pallet of different materials allows me to turn a wide range of ideas into reality. I am highly creative; designing and making things from wood, steel, plastic, fabric and stone, along with many other materials. It is in my genes, so to speak; my mother having a very good eye for art and colour and my dad being a highly talented engineer.
I am inspired by:
Leonardo da Vinci
Chocolate/cream cakes by Eric Lanlard
Watches (time pieces)
At the time of leaving school I had the choice of training to become an Architect or a Mechanical Engineer. Engineering won out as I wanted to work with high performance cars. After a five year apprenticeship I was building high horse power cars for myself and others. It was during this time that I honed my skills in working with steel, plastic, wood, paint and electrical systems. The cars were often described as moving works of art.
In 1983 I met Ian Murchison-Smith an ex-Rolls Royce interior trimmer who trained me in the skill of leather trimming. This, coupled with my upholstery skills, gave me the confidence to start my own business in 1985. This was initially an upholstery company but soon expanded into interior design. I was responsible for all of the in house design: from lighting systems, to furniture design; wall and floor coverings and fittings. It was not long before my business was well established with a good reputation and high end clients.
In June 2000 I down-sized the business and moved from Chelsea in London to Lincolnshire. I continued with bespoke furniture making but felt that I wanted to put something back into society. I developed workshops for individuals looking to expand their horizons by increasing confidence from within, and operating from their own inner quality of life.
In 2010 I started to focus on art installations and bespoke conversation pieces for hotels, restaurants, corporate companies and private clients. I am inspired by life, always expanding my creative horizons. I am currently focusing on Writing and producing new art works.
This was fitted with a 350 Chevy engine