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Pulpo – Personality in Abundance
Discover why Pulpo has grabbed our attention and read an exclusive Q+A from designer Sebastian Herkner.
We’re not afraid to admit it, but we’ve definitely taken a bit of a shine to German design brand Pulpo. Established in 2006 by Patrick and Ursula L’hoste, Pulpo’s designs are recognised for their intriguing forms, eclectic finishes and colour schemes and above all else, their exceptional quality.
Enthusiastic about supporting young and emerging talent, Pulpo has been working in close collaboration with designers such as Sebastian Herkner since the very early days, resulting in products that have a fresh, original and revolutionary aesthetic.
For almost a decade, Sebastian Herkner has been working under his own studio to produce exclusive products for a number of different design brands, including Pulpo. However, Sebastian hasn’t always worked in product and furniture design. His creative journey began in fashion, when he worked for Stella McCartney whilst studying. During this time, he learnt a great deal about fabric and its textural and structural properties, which helped him transition into the furniture and design world. Many years later, as recognition for his exceptional work, he received the Best Newcomer award from the German Design Council in 2011 for his clever, functional and beautiful home products.
A number of these products are a part of Pulpo’s diverse collection, including the striking Pulpo Low Container Vessel and Pulpo Oda Small Table Lamp. The Low Container Vessel is one of many contemporary products that will be featuring in our pop-up shop at design junction; will we see you there?
What do you see when you look at the Oda Table Lamp above? This fun and playful design is inspired by photographs of water towers shot by German photographers Bernd and Hilla Becher and evokes a bright, narrow light that is reminiscent of a Bunsen burner. This is definitely one of our latest design crushes!
Not only does the perforated metal top of the Pulpo Light Drop Small Table Lamp look beautiful, but it also serves a very important purpose in the design; it diffuses the light to produce a soft glow rather than direct illumination. This makes this the perfect light for creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere in your home.
From copper-coated metal to pure limestone, material is a very important factor to the designers behind Pulpo’s expanding collection. Harry Thaler produced the limestone Pulpo Simple Light for FROM-TO, which is a collaboration between Venetian craftsmen and international designers. Despite its simple shape made from 2 cylinders, it’s like nothing that we’ve quite seen before and it’s certainly made an impression on us.
As Pulpo’s collection keeps growing, we’ll always be looking for the next enticing design to add to our collection for you and your home. One of these is the Alwa Table, which comes in 2 versions: Alwa I and Alwa II.
Available online at Nest.co.uk soon: The Pulpo Alwa Tables. See them for yourselves at our pop-up shop at designjunction
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Q&A from Sebastian
How did your love for design and in-particular furniture & lighting products begin?
I was always interested in interiors, to create my own surroundings and flat. When I was a teenager in the 90's there was so much transparent plastic furniture on the market, things made of cheap material which didn’t last long term. I was looking for products made of authentic and sustainable materials, using crafts with nicely designed details. Something more like in the first half of the last century, well designed furniture with an amazing quality.
Who & what inspires you in your day-to-day work?
Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to understand it and transform it in a responsible design.
Where do you feel happiest working?
It always depends on the projects. Sometimes alone in my flat, sometimes together chatting with my team, sometimes on the road. Design is very sensual and emotional, something which is connected to the designer himself.
How important is colour in your work and subsequently in the home?
German design was for decades like white, grey, pure, functional. My approach is also to give a product personality, a specific beauty and I like to work with materials, material compositions and various colours. From the first sketch of a design I work with colours and materials – it’s mostly driven by this two parameters.
You’re an award winning product designer, exhibition designer & lecturer – how do you un-wind?
Why should I un-wind? I love my job and to travel around, design on one hand and to give lectures. That´s my passion and it has nothing to do with discipline. If you need discipline, you don´t enjoy your profession. Which music album is constantly playing? There is not just one, it is a mix of Björk, Kraftwerk, Bowie, Abel Korzeniowski, Velvet Underground amongst others.
"All of the designs have an honesty that we really respond to. Sebastian is so inquisitive about materials and we love the simplicity of the lines he creates. There is a playfulness in there too that still manages to remain elegant and timeless. It's a perfect fit for Pulpo and these are designs that would look beautiful in so many interiors.” – 2 Lovely Gays