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Sebastian Herkner enthuses the German design scene – with award-winning designs that combine traditional craftsmanship with modern techniques. Born 1981 in Bad Mergentheim he works freelance since 2006 after studying product design at the Offenbach University of Art and Design.
Sebastian Herkner designs furniture, lights and tableware for manufacturers such as Moroso, Carl Mertens or Classicon – including probably his best-known design of the Bell Table, for which he was honoured with the Red Dot Design Award 2010. He works also as an interior and exhibition designer and lives in Offenbach.
The tightly folded, gold-coloured aluminium wrap around the bottleneck of the iconic Black Forest beer “Tannenzäpfle” inspired him to design a vase with a bulbous body that opens out dramatically towards the top in the shape of a chalice and with radiant copper detailing that forms the perfect contrast against the white biscuit porcelain.
Making of Falda
Sebastian Herkner, the shooting star of the German design scene, travels extensively to gain impressions from all over the world. One time, he will develop an enthusiasm for African craftsmanship and, another time, for Japanese everyday objects, which are required to meet the country’s stringent requirements for craftsmanship and aesthetics. He attends trade fairs, sets up showrooms and always devotes time to visiting the production facilities of renowned manufacturers to witness the craftsmanship of Italian furniture manufacturers or German glass blowers and get a detailed explanation of the roduction processes.
He is one of Rosenthal’s most sought after designers and maintains a close dialogue at all times with the Creative Centre and Production. We spent a day with the Offenbach designer of choice during production of his »Falda« vase in Selb, Germany and witnessed a blank piece being transformed into a top-class designer item.
The Art of Folding