A Modern Family
"I want my products to be lifelong companions,” is Herkner’s ambition for his designs. One good example is his “Taru” sofa for Ligne Roset, which was presented at imm cologne at the beginning of last year. Herkner drew his inspiration for the name “Taru” from the famous circus elephant of the same name back in the 1930s – and the design for these comfortable items of seating furniture contains references to the shape of the majestic pachyderm, for example, in the shape of their sturdy legs. Herkner has married the furniture’s solid look with sensual curves and a dynamically sweeping backrest which frames the seat itself. The back can even stand out from the front if covered in glossy leather instead of the original finely woven woolen fabric, making for fascinating material contrasts. The designer has also created a matching chaise longue complete with footstool, whereby the former’s armrests comfortably snuggle up to anyone who sits on it.
And there have recently been a couple of additions to the family, with the “Taru” sofa being joined by a compact armchair and a slender lounge-sofa with a chaise longue boasting an equally elegant and unfussy design. The wide range of different colors and covers allows for all kinds of varying effects – from a striking, uniform look with a textured pattern and a removable cover to an understated design in light, natural hues. Thanks to Taru’s manifold components and its organic curves, the collection has no problems fitting in with the given surroundings and can be used either to make a statement by standing in the middle of a room or be grouped to form a harmonious ensemble. Alongside its outstanding design, “Taru” is also an excellent example of Ligne Roset’s craftsmanship. Every seam in the covers is finished using a needle and thread, while the seat’s three-ply plywood board makes it particularly stable. Here, Herkner was particularly impressed by just how quality-conscious the French manufacturer is. During the creative process, the designer therefore regularly consulted the tradespeople working for this company, with its long-standing tradition. “They are so important to us all if we want to breathe life into our sketches, our hopes and ideas.” (am)