Graduated at University of Art and Design in Offenbach, the young German designer Sebastian Herkner (Bad Mergentheim, 1981) already has a solid employment history behind him, that counts collaborations with well known companies such as Moroso and ClassiCon and important awards such as the German Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award. We interviewed him at the Moroso stand, on the occasion of his participation in the International Furniture Fair of Milan.
D: Your personal definition of “good design”?
SH: For me what’s really important in design is the value of responsibility. Of course, a product must be smart and at the same time functional, and should originate from a need.
D: Which materials do you prefer working with?
SH: Actually I like to work with industrial and authentic materials, like glass or metal, but also considering craftmanship and tradition.
D: In fact, you took part in the exhibition New Old. Design Between Tradition and Innovation.
SH: Yes, I participated with the carpet Perserfell, a mix between an oriental carpet and an animal-skin rug. I like merging handmade techniques and technology, to give new shapes to traditional objects.
D: Which well known design icon would you reinterpret?
SH: Well, it’s difficult to say. Maybe one of Achille Castiglioni’s pieces, but actually they are already perfect and smart.
D: Your production is very eclectic…
SH: I’m really interested in combining different colors and materials, always paying attention on details. I usually develop a piece by following the mood and the philosophy of the company I work with. For example, the Coat armchair I designed for Moroso fits very well with the brand’s vocation, since I consider Moroso synonim of avant-garde and contemporary style. On the other hand, the Bell table that I conceived for the German company ClassiCon is something totally different. I consider every collaboration like an exchange, a combination between my personal vision and the aptitude of the company I work with.
D: How has the collaboration with Moroso started and what about the concept of the Coat armchair?
SH: Last year I took part in the SaloneSatellite with my project Bask, a series of paper yarn and steel storage tables and baskets. Patrizia Moroso saw my pieces and liked them. Afterwards we met twice and decided to collaborate. The starting point for the Coat collection was the concept of printing. In particular, the inspiration comes from the non slip socks for kids. I wanted to do something very light and easy, an armchair rested directly on the ground, without legs. As you can see, the printing here is both ornamental and functional. It’s in transparent silicone and interacts with the fabric by creating a sort of wet effect. The hupholstery is very soft and removable, it seems like a blanket on top, that’s why it’s called Coat. It’s exciting to collaborate with a company like Moroso. When you go to furniture fairs and see the booths of brands like this, you always think: «Wow, it would be great to have something here.» I’ve been working for eight months on this collection – just like when you expect a baby – and it’s fantastic seeing it here now.
D: Years ago, you did an internship for Stella McCartney in London. What kind of experience has it been for you?
SH: Yes, I did it between 2003 and 2004. I worked in the department of colors and fabric. It has been a great experience, completely different from product design or industrial design, but significant for my professional and creative development. I think it’s always useful to work in other fields and to get influences from different disciplines, people and technologies, in order to discover and do always new things.
D: Which contemporary designer do you find more interesting?
SH: I think Konstantin Grcic does a fantastic work. I like also the projects of Inga Sempé, Sylvain Willenz and Nipa Doshi & Jonathan Levien.
Bài viết liên quan
TRACKLIST :: Alpacha Distro introduces us to a masterpiece of ’70s spaghetti sound, signed by the master of Italian...
SELECTED BY DROME :: Happy birthday, Pleats Please! The famous plissé fashion line by Issey Miyake celebrates its 20th...
MEMENTO :: Myriam Van Imschoot takes us onto an unusual journey of nature discovery
FLASHBACK :: A show that recreates the inner world of those who find the courage to leave their original...
D-VISIONS :: Cronenberg is back, with a vitriolic portrait on the decay of Hollywood