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About Sebastian Herkner

Sebastian Herkner was born in Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at the HfG Offenbach am Main and founded his own studio for objects, interior design and exhibition design there in 2006. Already during his studies he focused on the design of objects and furniture that combine different cultural contexts. He finds inspiration in original materials and techniques. He reinterprets simple mechanical principles and processing techniques through the use of contemporary technologies and finishing methods. His 2012 design Bell Table, part of the ClassiCon collection, was his first major step towards international recognition. Herkner now works for international companies such as Cappellini, Dedon, Fritz Hansen, Moroso and Vibia. Sebastian Herkner’s success is reflected in numerous recognitions, including the Young Designer Award of the Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2011 and the EDIDA Award as “Best International Newcomer” in 2015. For imm cologne 2016, Sebastian Herkner was appointed Guest of Honour and asked to design “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. At the Maison&Objet Paris followed the award for Designer of the Year 2019.


Sebastian Herkner is involved in mentoring. He offers his experience, contacts and knowledge to support designers on their way to self-employment. This can involve various aspects and topics, from marketing and project development to administrative issues.

Sebastian Herkner