Instead of recent designs using more and more thinner metal pipes I wanted to go the other way.
My idea was to use a big metal pipe for the construction as well as function. The 80 mm steel pipes transfer the aesthetics of skids to my design and give them a specific dynamic and character. This dynamic recovers also in the back rests. The massive upholstered backrest provides a super soft comfort. Pipe is unique and figurative. The selection of strong colors and fabrics underline the claim of a character and companion.
Sebastian Herkner was born in 1981 in Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at the University of Art and Design Offenbach, already focusing during his studies on designing objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts, combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship in order to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details.
Whilst still a student, Herkner did an internship with Stella McCartney in London, which helped to hone his feeling for materials, colours, structures and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as ClassiCon, Moroso, Very Wood by Gervasoni and Nodus, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and museums. Since 2007 he has taught several courses at HfG Offenbach am Main as visiting lecturer.
His designs have received multiple prizes, for example the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category and 2015 the Edida Award for Best International Newcomer.