Devoted to Design - Sebastian Herkner Interview

05-03-2017

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We talk to our latest design crush, German Product Designer, Sebastian Herkner about his work/life balance, and get a sneak peak of what we can expect next from him. His designs, especially for Pulpo, always grab our attention with their thoughtful approach to materials and craft. We are sure you will love him too.

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You have an ongoing relationship with design brand, Pulpo. How did that come about? 

Well, Pulpo and I are now running our practices for about 10 years. I met Patrick and Ursula right at the beginning of our careers. After an inspiring conversation we started the first collaboration together and since that moment we developed new products, always challenging with interesting materials and crafts. Over the years we became more than collaborators. They are friends and important sparring partners. I think this is an important aspect to create unique and successful products.

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Do you have a particular person in mind when you are designing?

To be honest, the design process is very personal, kind of intimate. I really just create products I would like to have. It is about my design philosophy and honesty.

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What has been your proudest moment to date in your design career? 

It is always great to enter a location, if private home or restaurant, and you suddenly find one of your designs. It is also very exciting to see in which context the design is placed, what kind of sofa or lamp it stands next to.

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What makes design important to you? 

Design is my way to express. The inspiration and concept for a design is based in behaviours of the society, the value of people and their needs. So the fact of Brexit and the situation within EU make the people change their attitude, and at the end this affects also the consumption and the decisions for their interior. Tactility of real materials, the renaissances of traditional typologies of furniture’s like a daybed or rocking-chair are two of these changes.

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You are a prolific designer. How do you juggle work/life balance?

I am not thinking in working days and weekends. Design is passion and life for me. It's a privilege to work with so many inspiring and sophisticated people together, collaborating on intercultural projects like my work with the brand Ames. (Soon to be seen in Milan)

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You recently got married? Tell us all about it. Did you design the wedding day or did you let you husband go for it?

Actually it was a quite spontaneous decision.  We had wanted to celebrate our wedding two years later but we thought now it is the right time. We celebrated the wedding at Badias in the Schirn Museum in Frankfurt. It was an intimate dinner and party with our family and closest friends. We arranged everything, like decoration and the menu, together with the team of the restaurant and got overwhelmed also by some special surprises by our friends. Next day we left for honeymoon safari to South Africa. It was the best decision I could do and to call my boyfriend Manuel now my husband. I think you understand. ;)

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What do you dream of doing next? 

We will move right after Milano, where we will launch several new products for brands like Dedon, Ames, Pulpo, Kundalini and Linteloo, in our new apartment in Offenbach.

We can't wait to see what you do next and thank you for chatting to us.

Big love Russell and Jordan x

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