The entire design community is already in a frenzy over the returning lifestyle and design trade show, Maison et Objet, as we are less than two months away from the exclusive event. Occurring from 18-22 January, M&O has unveiled the designer of the year for the upcoming edition, and the chosen one is German designer, Sebastian Herkner, who is distinguished for his innovative approach to design and for having quite the impact in his generation. Now, Luxury Bathrooms talks a bit about his background, original products and a spectacular bathroom collection, so take a look.
Written by Rebecca Ferreira
Herkner completed his studies at the Offenbach University of Art and Design. Since then, he has collaborated with some of the world’s best design brands, including the likes of Moroso, Thonet and Lintello. It was in 2006 that the German designer founded his own design studio in Offenbach, Germany. What is most appreciated about his work is that he continuously blurs the lines between modernity and tradition while also adapting new technologies and craftsmanship techniques.
“It’s absolutely vital we revive all these traditional forms of craftsmanship before they get lost forever, as they’re an integral part of our cultural heritage.”
The German designer is always seeking new challenges and explore new things. Besides furniture and accessories, he has actually come to create design glasses, bicycles, perfume bottles, among others. He also did an internship with a fashion icon, Stella McCartney. Here, he honed a special care for the combination of colors, a characteristic that can now be seen in many of his work, as he explains “Colour is often the very last thing designers think about. For me, it’s always the starting point for the whole design process.”
When it comes to inspirations, the designer has always had a longstanding habit of quenching his thirst for ideas elsewhere, from China to Thailand, Colombia and Canada, as he discloses “different cultures, skills and lifestyles all fuel my inspiration”. He often also seeks inspiration in traditional materials such as leather, ceramics and marble, and, of course, art.
In regards to the bathroom sector, Sebastian Herkner has actually designed a bathroom collection which was produced by bathroom brand, Ex.T. Plateau is a stunning series of bathroom products, inspired by the idea of playing and experimenting with shapes and colors in order to create stylish designs that are both useful and versatile.
Plateau is comprised of a bathtub, a cabinet, a washbasin and mirrors, all designed with maximum detail. To complement this collection, Herkner designed a set of tactile lamps, the Raso lighting, in order to give an extra layer of color to Plateau.
Come January, all eyes will be on Herkner as he presents some of his latest creations at Maison et Objet Paris, whilst simultaneously showcasing the manufacturing processes that have always been so close to his heart.
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