At his 37, the German interior designer Sebastian Herkner, who trained at Offenbach University of Art and Design, is embarking on an ever-growing number of collaborations with international design houses. Over the course of the past decade, he has received some thirty awards in recognition of his innovative yet traditional work.
Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Fontana Arte, Moroso, Pulpo, Thonet and Wittmann, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and museums.
Between 2007 and 2012, he has taught several courses at HfG Offenbach am Main as visiting lecturer. His designs have received multiple prizes, for example the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category, 2015 the EDIDA Award for Best International Newcomer and Guest of Honor at imm cologne 2016.
This is a man who boasts an unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship, a flair for colour, an eagerness to embrace everything global and to draw on other cultures, an appetite for traditional materials (ceramics, wood, marble and leather), a desire to encompass sustainability, a keen eye for detail, a sense of respect for the time it takes to create a truly stunning piece.
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A long list of values that guide him in his relentless quest for authenticity, from the iconic “Bell” table (ClassiCon), a steel and brass platter nestled on a hand-blown glass base, to his very latest creations. These are set to be unveiled at Maison et Objet, an event that Sebastian Herkner holds particularly close to his heart, having always harboured a soft spot for French culture.
What is your relationship with Maison et Objet and Paris?
“I never miss a session of Maison et Objet, and I’m extremely honoured to have been named Interior Designer of the Year. It’s an amazing opportunity to show off my design philosophy, plus Paris is a city I absolutely adore, which really is the cherry on the cake.”, said Herkner.
Which are your favourite spots in Paris?
“The Rodin museum, which I first discovered at the age of 17 when I came to Paris on a school trip. I fell in love with the place almost instantly, and was captivated by its gardens and café. It’s like a little oasis in the heart of the city.
I’m also a fan of Brancusi’s Studio near the Pompidou Centre. I find the majestic proportions of the artist’s work truly fascinating. Then there’s the Hunting Museum, the “Musée de la Chasse”, which I only discovered very recently. The place has got a truly unique vibe, and inviting contemporary artists to exhibit there is a really brilliant idea.”, he states.
And your design faves?
“I love popping into the Kreo gallery, which is a real trailblazer in the “design art” field. Then, there are the galleries in rue de Seine, Jousse and Downtown, which exhibit some of the biggest names in 1950s design, and notably Prouvé. But for me, the “Paris vibe” also comes from all those countless bistro terraces with their unmistakable chairs, where you can take the weight off your feet and tuck into a steak tartare washed down with a glass of wine. Or the pretty little courtyard at the Hôtel Amour where I stayed last time I was here.”, stated the interior designer.
All in all, even at this early stage in his career Sebastian Herkner is attracting attention with his outstanding works. We can look forward to being surprised by more of his design ideas in the future.
Source: https://www.sebastianherkner.com/index.php?article_id=190&tagMode=categories&tag=4, https://www.maison-objet.com/en/paris/program/awards/designers-of-the-year/sebastian-herkner