Understand the many different interpretations that can come from one designer’s singular vision. Commissioned by German designer Sebastian Herkner, selected artisans from all over Europe present work inspired by the lace-lake octagonal pattern of the tiled terrace in front of the Basilica of San Giorgio Maggiore. Each artisan has used different techniques and materials – whether marble, glass, metal, textiles, tin or wood – to bring to life their individual interpretation of the pattern. Taken together, these diverse and dazzling works demonstrate how the expertise of artisans can serve the imagination of a designer in creating varied and beautiful pieces of interior decoration.
Hung on the wall of the Barbantini Hall against a bespoke tapestry carefully crafted by the Italian maison Rubelli, these pieces tell a fascinating story of crafts and materials. Though each work features the same pattern, the different materials and techniques used result in highly individual interpretations. As well as exploring the artworks, visitors can go behind the scenes to see how they were created. Stories about the artisans and their creative processes illuminate the cultural heritage of each piece and its inherent links to the place where it was made, showing the very human nature of fine craftsmanship and its enduring contribution to interior design.
German designer Sebastian Herkner combines his unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship with a flair for colour, a curiosity for different cultures and a feel for new technologies. Herkner has designed furniture for some of the world’s most respected manufacturers including ClassiCon, Rosenthal, Ames and Cappellini, as well as architectural projects and museum and exhibition designs. His work has garnered numerous awards, and he was named Designer of the Year 2019 by Maison & Objet.Read moreShow less