We spoke to Kingston University's new head of product and furniture design Sebastian Bergne last year as he celebrated 25 years of his practice
Few designers are as overtly influenced by the objects that they collect as Sebastian Bergne. The precise graphics of his rulers and other measuring devices appear in silk scarves and cheeseboards, and even the coat hangers that he hoards have been reimagined as candelabra.
Icon is ten years old this month! For this special “collectors” issue, we asked Paul Smith, Richard Rogers, Amanda Levete, Sebastian Bergne, Madelon Vriesendorp, Peter Marigold and David Rockwell to show us their private collections of objects that influence their work. And we also invited all our past cover stars, from Maarten Baas to Daniel Libeskind, to complete the Icon psychological test.
Attempts to reimagine objects at the centre of rituals have proliferated in recent years, as designers seek to restore meaning to age-old habits and symbolism to significant but fleeting moments. Are such items bridging the gap between tradition and modernity or merely commodifying faith?
The designer’s glassware is a playful response to the gestures of drinking: the clinking of tumblers or a warming hand on the bowl of a cognac glass.
Sebastian Bergne’s range of cookware for Tefal might look like cast iron, but it’s lightweight aluminium – and it’s meant to help its user lose weight too.