IN­SIDE OUT

SE­BAS­TIAN HERKNER SHARES HIS TAKE ON OUT­DOOR DE­SIGN, AND THE PHI­LOS­O­PHY BE­HIND HIS MBRACE COL­LEC­TION FOR DE­DON.

Town & Country (Philippines) - - STYLE SPY DESIGN TALENT - By Tata Mapa

“Ial­ways like to show a new per­spec­tive in my work, and I’m very in­ter­ested in work­ing with peo­ple,” says Se­bas­tian Herkner, one of Europe’s most talked-about young de­sign tal­ents. For his collaboration with De­don, the Ger­man com­pany known for its lux­ury out­door fur­ni­ture, Herkner vis­its De­don’s fac­tory in Cebu, where the world’s best weavers hand­craft the brand’s in­no­va­tive pieces. Here Herkner takes an in­ti­mate look into the painstak­ing de­tail that is nec­es­sary for bring­ing his de­signs to life. “It’s very in­ter­est­ing to un­der­stand who is work­ing, and the tech­nique they work with. I find that it’s very im­por­tant that pieces are crafted by hand be­cause it cre­ates a cer­tain qual­ity and depth of char­ac­ter. This is es­pe­cially true with wick­er­work, where you need time and pa­tience to fash­ion some­thing that is very pre­cise.” Herkner, who stud­ied Prod­uct De­sign at the Of­fen­bach De­sign Academy, de­vel­oped a par­tic­u­lar lik­ing for color, ma­te­rial, and their con­nec­tion dur­ing his in­tern­ship at Stella McCart­ney in Lon­don—a fo­cus that is ev­i­dent in his cur­rent Mbrace col­lec­tion, which in­cludes the use of teak and three vi­brant col­or­ways he con­ceived to­gether with world-renowned col­orist Gi­ulio Ri­dolfo. At the De­don fac­tory, where he sits amidst the curves and weaves of the pro­to­types for his next col­lec­tion, Herkner is al­most like a kid in a candy store. “This line will be shown in Milan next year, and this is the first time I’m see­ing some of the pieces,” he ad­mits. “It feels a lit­tle bit like Christ­mas.”

Herkner’s hy­per­fo­cus when it comes to pre­ci­sion and de­sign is coun­ter­bal­anced with the ease in his man­ner, as well as the sheer de­light he seems to ex­ude when it comes to his cre­ations, an at­ti­tude that is eas­ily re­flected in the shapes, tex­tures, and spirit of Mbrace. One of the col­lec­tion’s most dis­tinc­tive fea­tures is an open, mesh-like tri­ax­ial weave. And along with its vivid col­ors (Spice, Pep­per, and At­lantic) and teak­wood bases, Mbrace brings a play­ful spin to

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