Sebastian Herkner


Offenbach am Main / Germany

Born in 1981in Bad Mergentheim, Germany, designer Sebastian Herkner trained at the HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design, where he studied Product Design focusing on object and furniture design. After a brief stint in Stella McCartney's studio in London, he founded his own office in 2006. He has designed furniture, lamps and objects for Ames, & Tradition, Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Ex.t, Fontana Arte, Gubi, Linteloo, Moroso, Pulpo, Rosenthal, Schramm Werkst├Ątten, Thonet, Wittmann and Zanotta, as well as interior architecture, museum and exhibition design projects.

Herkner's work is characterised by his sensitivity to colour, materials and textures, his love of craft and his curiosity about new technologies and world cultures. He has earned such prestigious awards as the IF Award, the Iconic Award and the Elle Deco International Design Award (EDIDA). In 2016, he was chosen to design Das Haus at IMM Cologne. In 2019 Maison&Objet elected him "Designer of the Year" and, in 2021, he won the EDIDA award as Designer of the Year. One significant result of his approach is the 118 chair, developed for the German brand Thonet by combining the company's distinctive aspects like the ancient technique of steam bending and precise and economical CNS milling.

His cultural curiosity is expressed in the Banjooli armchair, part of Moroso's M'Afrique collection. Its shape is inspired by the dance performed by the banjooli (male ostrich in the Wolof language) to court the female. Like all the furniture in the collection, Banjooli is made by African craftspeople who weave the yarn used for fishing nets. Herkner's most famous product is the Bell coffee table, designed for ClassiCon in 2012. This object overturns perceptions, using a light, fragile material like glass as a base for a metal top that seems to float in space. A crafts masterpiece made entirely by hand, it was also issued as a dining table in 2020.

Herkner's most recent projects include: Moro, an armchair for La Manufacture named after the famous Venetian doge, which takes its enveloping shape from the interiors of historic Italian palaces; the Host steel and wood coat stand for the Chinese brand Stellar Work, designed for both the home and the hospitality industry; the Blume Collection for Pedrali, featuring soft, rounded shapes and a sophisticated profile in extruded aluminium; the LET Lounge Chair for Fritz Hansen. His experience as a designer is reflected in numerous publications and in the lectures, talks and workshops that he holds at universities, academies and design institutes worldwide. ... More ... less

Products designed by Sebastian Herkner


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