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EDIDA DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2021, Herkner’s approach to design is to merge various cultural contexts, 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 Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at HfG Offenbach am Main where he founded his own studio for objects, interior design and exhibition design in 2006. He focuses on designing objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts. He gets his inspiration from original materials and techniques.
With his Bell Table design from 2012, which is part of the ClassiCon collection, he succeeded in taking his first big step towards international recognition. Today, Herkner works companies like Ames, Cappellini, Dedon, Fritz Hansen, Ligne Roset, Moroso, Stellar Works, Thonet, Vibia or Wittmann, designs private and hospitality interiors and also curates and stages exhibitions dealing with design.
Sebastian Herkner’s success is reflected in numerous awards and prizes, including the 2011 German Design Award in the ‘Newcomer’ category and the 2015 EDIDA Award for ‘Best International Newcomer’. Sebastian Herkner was named guest of honour at imm cologne 2016 and invited to present his concept for ‘Das Haus – Interiors on Stage’. At the Maison&Objet Paris he was honoured as Designer of the Year 2019.