Sebastian Herkner the designer of the year and one of the AD top 200 influencers in the design world. Over the course of the past decade has received thirty awards in recognition of his innovative yet traditional work. And today you have the incredible opportunity to get to know him and some of his amazing work.
Designing objects and furniture, merging various cultural contexts and combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship, gave him the spot between the AD best designers in the world. He believed this way he could highlight and enhance the “multifaceted beauty of the materials”.
“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.”
Since first setting up his studio in the Frankfurt suburb of Offenbach am Main back in 2006, Sebastian Herkner has unremittingly focused on creating this type of design. He had adopted this style way before the design world took it under its wing in a supremely fashionable wave.
Classicon – Bell Table
“I was interested in the manufacturing processes used in fashion, and understanding how colors are put together” he explains. The flair for combining colors 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 color combination”.
According to Sebastian Herkner’s studio itself, “Oda is a reservoir of light”. The oversized floor lamp is perfect for an open spaced living room, for example. What Herkner was going for when designing it was “to create a volume or even balloon full with light”.
Sebastian Herkner has a longstanding habit of quenching his thirst for ideas elsewhere. “Different cultures, skills, and lifestyles all fuel my inspiration” he explains.
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