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Best Modern Chairs by the Designer of the Year 2019: Sebastian Herkner

Currently, the head-designer of his studio in Offenbach -a small town near Frankfurt- Sebastian Herkner is the new sounding name in the world of product design, have been distinguished as Designer of the Year 2019.

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Sebastian Herkner
Sebastian Herkner

At 37 years-old, Sebastian describes himself as a really privileged person since he enjoys what he’s doing and can do anything with his passion. 

“I’m a privileged person in general, I can travel the world.” For the designer, travelling is one of the most important things one can do, because it allows you to understand cultures. “Discovering all senses of a culture is really amazing and that’s also a really huge influence on my work” discloses Herkner.

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Here are some of his best product design:

Cielo is a new outdoor cchair for Ames Sala produced in the North of Colombia. Using the local colored plastic pipes they developed with the craftsmen a stackable dining chair. Available in 4 color combinations which repreents the spirit and lifestyle of Colombia.

Inspired by the beautiful and colorful hammocks you can find all over Colombia, the studio designed a deep lounge chair for our Siesta. A welcoming metal structure provides the stability to fix the small seating hammocks. These garden lounge chairs exist in three colorways and textiles produced at a small manufactory in Colombia

The Ample Chair is an upholstered wing-armchair with ottoman. It has a strong silhouette and character as much it is cosy. The padded seat is placed on a wooden structure and the soft cushioning gives you the feeling of an intimate place with many possible seating positions.

Joining the creations of Tord Boontje, Ayse Birsel and Bibi Seck, Patricia Urquiola and Dominique Pétot, there’s a new chair in the M’Afrique collection. Seating made using woven threads normally used for fishing nets, the design are all different and orioginal, like their names. handwoven, they are human in their perfections and flaws. This chair, and particularly the shape of its armrests, is inspired by the mating dance of male ostriches – banjooli in Wolof language – who stretch out their wings to show off their beauty to the female.

Keeping the philosophy of De Vorm in mind, the Clip Chair has been designed environmentally friendly without wasting any material during the production process. The result is a classic, detail-oriented and solid chair made of selected, high-quality ash. The Clip-chair is a refined design with a distinctive feature. The idea behind the ‘Clip’ is the colouring of the attachment between the back and the legs of the chair, whereas the colour stands in direct contrast to the wooden elements. The charm and the beauty of the Clip lies hidden in its functional simplicity.

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What do you think of Sebastian Herkner’s work? Let us know, we are curious! For more modern interior design inspiration and decorating ideas, don’t forget to visit our Pinterest and our Instagram account!

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