Sebastian Herkner: ‘I create companions for life’

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Sebastian Herkner has named his exhibition 'Increasing Details'.

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‘I am not designing funny objects; I create companions for life. It is important to do good, when designing, but on the other hand, it is always subjective. I want to follow my own attitudes and develop unique, interesting and useful objects,’ says Herkner.

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Sebastian Herkner's studio lies in Offenbach am Main near Frankfurt in Germany.

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‘I do not need discipline to design, it is a passion for me,’ says Herkner.

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Portrait of Sebastian Herkner

Published
11.05.2015

We caught up with designer Sebastian Herkner for a little talk about his thoughts on design. Herkner will be part of the Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition in Copenhagen on 28–30 May, where he and Dutch designer Niek Pulles will reinterpret ten Danish furniture pieces.

Being fond of interacting with culture and people, Herkner feels design is the only subject he is free and comfortable with. Constantly transferring his impressions and interpretations into new designs, Herkner has no doubt about why he chose this profession:

‘I do not need discipline to design, it is a passion for me,’ says Herkner, who is working on his ten interpretations in his studio in Offenbach am Main, Germany.

Having graduated from Offenbach University of Art and Design in 2007, Herkner believes the most important things when designing are a strong message and an honest attitude. For him, too many objects exist on the market without any value, story or need. In his work, he is trying to break with this trend.

‘I am not designing funny objects; I create companions for life. It is important to do good, when designing, but on the other hand, it is always subjective. I want to follow my own attitudes and develop unique, interesting and useful objects,’ he says.

Herkner believes it is vital as a designer to get in touch with a company and its people before starting a collaboration.

He tells us, ‘Designing is a dialogue and a relationship – a designer can never be good without a strong and authentic company – you have to understand each other, the history but also the common vision.’

While studying at Offenbach University of Art and Design, Herkner also did an internship in London with Stella McCartney. This gave him more of a feeling for materials, colours, structures and textures. And since his graduation, Herkner has been a visiting lecturer in the Product Design faculty at Offenbach University of Art and Design.

Believing that humans have the power to change the world, Herkner sees design as not solely a solution for a better world – for him it can also be used as a medium for communication and support. His own work focuses on objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts, combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship –with great success. Herkner’s designs have already won multiple prizes, and he is now looking forward to his stay in Copenhagen.

‘It will be my longest stay in Copenhagen so far, so I am looking forward to meeting interesting people, looking around the city, having some appointments and presenting my installation, “Increasing Details”, which is very personal and to the point,’ says Herkner.

The Re-Framing Danish Design exhibition will coincide with 3 Days of Design and take place at The Silo from 28–30 May.

The Silo – By & Havn
Helsinkigade 29
2150 Nordhavn
Copenhagen, Denmark