Technicolor craftsman: the multifaceted design work of Sebastian Herkner
A craftsman with a fashion designer’s eye for colour, German designer Sebastian Herkner has created elegant Technicolor creations for a host of international brands, including prestigious names such as Classicon, Moroso and Rosenthal. His work has been exhibited around the globe, picking up multiple awards along the way (including six accolades in 2015 alone).
Known for his expert use of materials, colours and textures, Herkner credits his eye for detail to his time spent working for Stella McCartney's studio in London. 'There is a sensitivity and identity to my work that emphasises the function, the material and the detail,' he says. 'I transport and interpret characteristics from various contexts of society and culture, and implement them in new artefacts. This character infuses the most everyday objects with respect and personality.'
As well as product and furniture design, Herkner has also turned his hand to interiors, completing a series of cafes in Frankfurt and exhibition stands for brands such as Nya Nordiska. In addition, he continues to lecture at HfG Offenbach am Main, where he studied product design.
Celebrating his Offenbach am Main studio's 10th anniversary next year, Herkner is busy preparing for a stint as guest of honour at IMM Cologne in January while putting the finishing touches to new products and collections for brands such as Dedon, Gubi, Linteloo, Schönbuch, Moroso, Pulpo and Agape.