Five questions for world class chef Sergio Herman 1. Are you a city person or nature person? "Actually both….I need both to function optimally. I love the stimuli of a city like Tokyo and the tranquility of the sea." 2. What makes you intensely happy? "Good food. For me the ultimate form of joy is being with family and friends at the table with good food…. From simple to high end." 3. Do you have a"bad" habit that is hard to shake? "My perfectionist side. Sometimes I get tired of it myself, but it is stronger than myself. I always want to be aware of every detail." 4. Which movie / book / play / performance has touched you most recently? "A beautiful art performance by Antony Gormley in London… It was a true experience through every space where all your senses were stimulated." 5. What is always on your bedside table? "Magazines that I want to read, but that always stay untouched because I fall asleep too quickly."
“The Surface collection is a very personal project for me and one that comes from a long-standing desire to create and surprise. It was inspired by the raw nature of Zeeland. Its rough textures and beautiful imperfections expose what is real and what is true... From the deep grey of the mystic North Sea to a scarred and ageing skin, every surface is a symbol of depth. Every surface tells a story. Unlike Surface, Inku is much more sophisticated, almost feminine. There is a clear reference to nature, with its abstract structures and the Japanese blossoms that are clearly recognisable within. The radial typography, often associated with the iconic Mount Fiji, also features in the collection. The exceptional thing about Inku plates is that no two are precisely the same. The layer of glaze creates small imperfections that fit completely into the Wabi-Sabi feeling that Sergio Herman intended with this project.