Blending various cultural contexts and combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship in order to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details.
Sebastian Herkner was born in 1981 in Bad Mergentheim, Germany. He studied product design at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, and his focus from the beginning was on designing objects and furniture, blending various cultural contexts and combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship in order to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details. While still a student, Herkner interned with Stella McCartney in London, which helped to hone his sensitivity for materials, colours, structures and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers including Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Fontana Arte, Moroso, Pulpo, Thonet and Wittmann, as well as working on interior design projects for exhibitions and museums. Since 2007 he has taught several courses at HfG Offenbach am Main as a visiting lecturer. His designs have received multiple prizes, for example the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category and 2015’s EDIDA Award for Best International Newcomer, and was named Guest of Honour at IMM Cologne 2016.
Nominated “Designer of the Year 2019” by MAISON&OBJET
country of origin
Thonet and Wittmann