Sebastian Herkner (born 1981) studied Product Design at HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design. During his studies he began to focus on designing objects and furniture, honing his keen sense for materials, colors and textures.
In the year 2006 Sebastian Herkner founded his own studio. He creates not just chairs, sofas, lamps, tables, vases and carpets, but an entire cosmos that shines a new light on how objects can appeal to the senses, and where beauty is cultivated from within the process itself and his empathy towards people. He also realizes interior architecture projects such as Panbeton Mica and museum and exhibition design.
His works have won numerous accolades – among others the IF Award, the Iconic Award and the Elle Deco International Design Award (EDIDA). As Guest of Honor to imm cologne 2016, Sebastian Herkner provided the design for “Das Haus”. Maison&Objet has elected him 2019 “Designer of the Year”. In 2020 Sebastian Herkner won the most prestigious design award in Milan, the EDIDA award for Best Designer of the Year.
There is a sensitivity and identity to my work that emphasizes the function, the material and the detail. I transport and interpret characteristics from various contexts of society and culture and implement them in new artifacts. This character infuses the most everyday objects with respect and personality. In this manner, seemingly contrary things can experience esteem.
An unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship paired with a good feel for new technologies, a true flair for color, authentic materials and textures, an unadulterated curiosity for different cultures, for embracing and integrating them, and a commitment to taking responsibility for the things and people one works with, not to mention consideration and respect for all of the details and steps necessary to create an extraordinary object: concrete panels as Panbeton® Mica collection.
For Mica, we wanted to play with single surface of the concrete, emphasizing its qualities by contrast to other materials. We sought out the perfect combination of a material to elevate it: inlaying fragments of stone, polished glass, mirror shards and more to find the perfect balance between matte and glossy, coarse and precious. For example, the random inlaying of delicate sparkling petals reveals unique panels with singular reflections of light which subtly off the new material.
Photo credit: ©Léonard Oliviero