sebastian herkner frames freifrau theia seat shell like a jewel

Herkner also took an unusual approach to Theia’s design. Instead of making the seat shell the focus of its design, here it’s the frame instead. ‘The metal tube not only forms the base, it runs over the backrest and seems to embrace the chair. It is reminiscent of the fine crimping of jewellery.‘Follow freely Dieter Rams‘ design thesis that ‘Good design is honest’, the technical construction is not hidden but, on the contrary, staged to become an aesthetic element. In this way, Herkner brings the upholstery and the base into a sense of balance with each other. ‘The frame not only forms the legs, it also accentuates and defines the seat. During development, we thought long and hard about whether to open the back or not. I found this element very important because the frame circumscribes the recess.Theia also cites designs from the 1960s with its thin, strictly upholstered shell and enveloping metal structure. The design is sober but expressive, which makes it a universal piece of furniture that fits both in the contract sector and in private living spaces. Herkner sees its design as a logical extension of FreifrauPortfolio of: ‘The character of a brand results from the sum of its products and with each new design, you can add an attribute or bring another language into the program.