New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Mitis tableclock for Rosenthal. A collections of clocks for the wall and table with clock hands in contrast colours. Rosenthal developed a new coloured porcelain clay for this project in five soft colours.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Meta coat hangers for Rosenthal. Coat hooks for your corridor or sleeping area.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Containers for Pulpo. The project was created during an experimental glass workshop in Meisenthal. Based around the concept of using existing moulds, the idea was to concentrate on the colours, transparency and finishing of simple containers.

Bell Table by Sebastian Herkner for Classicon at IMM Cologne 2015 | Yellowtrace

Bell tables for Classicon. This year, a new colour ‘montana blue’ was added to the selection of glass bases of the Bell Table. In contrast, the new tabletop are made of dark bronzed metal. Next to the copper and brass versions this new compositions makes the table more simple and elegant.

Collar by Sebastian Herkner for Gubi at IMM Cologne 2015 Yellowtrace

Collar lam for Gubi. Studio Sebastian Herkner showcased their first design for Danish manufacturer Gubi at imm Cologne 2015. Collar Lamp is a series of pendent lights that combines hand-blown glass and an aluminium “collar”, used as a reflector, which gives it an iconic strong character.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Compagno for Bosa – bird, fish & beetle. Curator Silvana Annicchiarico invited the studio to design an object for an exhibition “ANIMAlità” at the Triennale in Milano. All objects are produced by Italian ceramic manufacturer Bosa. The design “Compagno” will be displayed next to designs by Sam Baron, Jaime Hayon, Lanzavecchia+Wai, Ionna Vautrin amongst others.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Karussell for Pulpo. Karussell is a side table, a shelf or trolley. Single elements could be arranged in different compositions to various heights. The structure is made of powder-coated steel tubes, in contrast to the trays made of mouth blown glass.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Oda for Pulpo. The studio showcased the whole Oda collection with German manufacturer Pulpo at this year’s Maison & Objet in Paris.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Heim for Sitzfeldt.


It was back in 2010, during my second visit to Milan for Salone del Mobile, when I first came across the work of young German designer Sebastian Herkner. He was exhibiting at SaloneSatellite, with a small but highly considered collection which immediately caught my eye. I took his card and stayed in touch, posting about his work from time to time… As much as I was always a true fan, I definitely cannot say I could predict Herkner’s immensely powerful growth. Less than 5 years on, Studio Sebastian Herkner has developed into a major design force with incredible stable of clients like ClassiCon, Gervasoni, Moroso, Sancal, La Chance and Rosenthal. All this, and he still refuses to move his studio from his hometown of Offenbach am Main to a major city like Berlin or Munich. And – he’s not even 35 yet (b 1981). Freaking amazing! All I can say is that, not only is this young man incredibly prolific, he also has to be one seriously hard worker. Good on him.

Today we bring you a selection of some of Sebastian Herkner‘s beautiful new products being released in 2015 (and a couple of outstanding product released last year – scroll to the bottom to see them). Herkner says he is not heavily influenced by trends or current consumer criteria, because what interests him is a “collage of simple techniques and traditional materials coupled with simple mechanical principles and unambiguous functions”. His idea of sustainability consists of employing traditional manufacturing techniques and their unique character. He then combines and interprets this by employing new technologies and finishing methods.


“There is a sensitivity and identity to my work that emphasises the function, the material and the detail. I transport and interpret characteristics from various contexts of society and culture and implement them in new artifacts. This character infuses the most everyday objects with respect and personality. In this manner, seemingly contrary things can experience esteem.”


Sebastian Herkner Domo Vase for Rosenthal | Yellowtrace

Domo vases for Rosenthal.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Norma large vase large for Verreum.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Unam Bistro Table for Very Wood by Gervasoni.

New Products from Studio Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

Unam Rocker for Very Wood by Gervasoni. The entire Unam collection will be present at this year’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Two side-tables, a bench as well as dinning chairs will complete the family of Unam.


Sebastian Herkner studied Product Design at the Design Academy in Offenbach. During his studies, he did an internship at Stella McCartney in London where he developed a particular liking for colour, material and their connection. Since graduating from Offenbach in 2007 he has worked as assistant in the Product Design faculty, in charge of projects in the realm of integrated design. In 2006 Sebastian Herkner established his own studio and has since then been involved in freelance projects for various companies and institutes. In 2011, he was awarded as BEST NEWCOMER by the German Design Council.


See more of Sebastian Herkner on Yellowtrace.

Read an in-depth interview with Sebastian Herkner in MILANTRACE / Edizione 2014.


Sebastian Herkner Falda Vase for Rosenthal | Yellowtrace

Falda Vase for Rosenthal, 2014.

Sebastian Herkner Felt Two Clock for LEFF | Yellowtrace

Felt Two Clocks for LEFF, 2014.

Sebastian Herkner Neon side table for Haymann | Yellowtrace

Neon side tables for Haymann, 2014.

Sebastian Herkner Salute copper & marble side table for La Chance | Yellowtrace

Salute copper & marble side tables for La Chance, 2014.

Portrait of Sebastian Herkner | Yellowtrace

The dude himself – Mr Sebastian Herkner.


[Images courtesy of Studio Sebastian Herkner.]


About The Author

Dana Tomić Hughes
Founder & Editor

Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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