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SEBASTIAN HERKER FOR SUMMER EXHIBITON
One of the most popular designers at the moment is the German designer Sebastian Herkner.
Guest of Honor at IMM Cologne and Designer of the Year at Maison & Object. I started to follow Herkner
because of his beautiful Classicon Bell side table, which is secretly still my favorite.
Yesterday, Herkner was at MisterDesign, where I had the opportunity to meet him in person.
But…. I could not make it because of deadlines, so with some help of Anno Koning from AKI Agency
(who, among other things, represents Pulpo in the Netherlands), it felt like I was there anyway.
Award winning designer
Sebastian Herkner (1981) studied Product Design at the HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design. During his studies, he began to concentrate on designing objects and furniture, further developing his sense of materials, colors and textures. He worked for Stella McCartney in London for a while. Sebastian Herkner founded his own studio in 2006. The Herkner designs can be recognized by strong colors, a love of diverse cultures and a passion for craftsmanship. This is reflected in, among other things, those beautiful colored glass Bell tables and for instance the well-known glass lamp series Oda for Pulpo. Various designs have brought Sebastian Herkner many prizes, including a Red Dot Award and a German Design Award.
Exhibition at MisterDesign
To celebrate his great success, this summer (until the end of August) a real Sebastian Herkner Exhibition can be seen in the store of MisterDesign in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. On a surface of no less than 2000 m2 you will also find a beautiful collection of, among others, Walter Knoll, Vitra, Gubi, Knoll Studio, Cassina, Tom Dixon and Flos.
Herkner’s icons are now displayed here, which he previously presented at Maison & Objet in Paris, but also “work in progress” by, among others, Thonet, Dédon, Classicon, & Tradition, Pulpo, Linteloo , Linteloo and Wittmann. Actually, Herkner and Wittmann planned a tour in Australia to put the spotlights on the DOMO collection. None other than Sebastian Herkner himself opened his exhibition last night, where he also told his story about his sources of inspiration, his motives and his designs.
Love for craft and craftsmen
Herkner stated that balance and intuition are the most important factors in his work. It takes him to all corners of the world, where he searches for almost forgotten craft techniques and factories that have a tradition that goes back centuries. With that inspiration, knowledge and skills, he creates objects that appeal to your senses, and where beauty is cultivated from the process itself and from Herkner’s empathy for craft and craftsmen. Even at this early stage of his career, Sebastian Herkner attracts attention with his beautiful works. I look forward to being surprised by his designs even more in the future and to meet him at a different time!