Maison et Objet 2019 is almost upon us and will be presenting us one of the best and most famous contemporary designers in incredible trade show!
A man that owes his fame to a continuous search for new forms of traditional craftsmanship, Sebastian Herkner the designer of the year, will bring to Maison et Objet 2019, his design philosophy. This incredible interior designer is merely 37 years old but his work can be seen all over the world. This January, him and his work will be represented at one of the most iconic interior design fairs in the world: Maison & Objet.
Since first setting up his studio in the Frankfurt suburb of Offenbach am Main back in 2006, Sebastian Herkner has unremittingly focused on creating designs that fuse tradition with creativity, new technology with craftsmanship. He had adopted this style way before the design world took it under its wing in a supremely fashionable wave. His unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship was what guided his first landmark design, the “Bell” table, whose steel and brass platter nestles on a hand-blown glass base produced in a centuries-old Bavarian glass factory
“It’s absolutely vital we revive all these traditional forms of craftsmanship before they get lost forever, as they’re an integral part of our cultural heritage.”
His appetite for a challenge and relentless desire to explore uncharted territory has not only led him to design glasses, bicycles and perfume bottles or make forays into the world of interior design, but also to embark on an internship with Stella McCartney during the course of his studies. “I was interested in the manufacturing processes used in fashion, and understanding how colours are put together” he explains. The flair for combining colours he honed whilst there now underpins his signature style. “Colour is often the very last thing designers think about. For me, it’s always the starting point for the whole design process”. He does admit, nonetheless, that “it can take years to find that perfect colour combination”.
“Colour is often the very last thing designers think about. For me, it’s always the starting point for the whole design process.”
Be it in his studio, surrounded by a six -strong team that herald from all four corners of the world, or during his frequent trips to China, Colombia, Thailand, Senegal and Canada visiting local manufacturers , design houses and craftsmen, Sebastian Herkner has a longstanding habit of quenching his thirst for ideas elsewhere. “Different cultures, skills and lifestyles all fuel my inspiration” he explains . He also finds his inspiration in traditional materials – ceramics, leather, marble…. And art.
Every single source of inspiration is perfectly in tune with his quest for authenticity, his desire to use sustainable materials , and his sense of respect for the time it takes to create a truly stunning piece. His approach to design is both ethical and committed, imbuing the creative process with the same degree of importance as the actual end product itself.
As a regular at the fair – “I never miss a session”, he smiles -, Sebastian Herkner is thrilled that this accolade will give him a platform to unveil some of his latest creations whilst simultaneously showcasing the manufacturing processes that have always been so close to his heart.
Find Sebastian Herkner at Maison & Objet January 2019 and check out some of his stunning pieces that are sure to steal your heart!
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