SEBASTIAN HERKNER: BANJOOLI
Germany meets Italy meets Africa. A series of outdoor chairs created for the leading Italy based design company Moroso, as part of its M’Afrique collection, which also includes designs by Patricia Urquiola, Birsel + Seck, and Tord Boontje.
Handmade in Senegal, weaving yarn that is normally used for fishing nets into a bi-colored braiding pattern on the steel frame. Its curved silhouette and particularly the shape of its armrests are mainly inspired by the courtship dance of male ostrich birds living in East Africa – banjooli in Wolof language – who stretch out their wings to show off to the female. Each chair is a one off, and different colors and weave patterns are possible on request. Sebastian Herkner (1981) graduated in product design at HfG Offenbach am Main in Germany, where he founded his own design studio in 2006, designing for manufacturers such as De Vorm, ClassiCon, Moroso and nanoo, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and museums. (mb) www.sebastianherkner.com