Zanat HQ, Showroom & Woodcarving Museum

Zanat Mati Chair

Mati Chair

Zanat Mati Chair


Designed By Sebastian Herkner

Mati is a dining chair with armrests, made entirely in solid wood with an upholstered seat for added comfort. The design inspiration for Mati is about the pursuit of security. In functioning societies dinners are always about a delicious meal, interesting conversations and about comfort, of course.

Comfortable chairs contribute to pleasant atmosphere. Thus, the name Mati (meaning mother in archaic Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian) was chosen to symbolize the chair’s motherly seating comfort. Mati features a graciously curved armrest that envelopes around the backrest. Another design feature are the chair’s legs, curved on the inside, but cut flat and hand-carved on the outside.

Zanat Mati Chair
Zanat Mati Chair

The carving pattern was inspired by the microscopic view of the cellular structure of wood, enabling the human eye to admire the material and to appreciate that it comes from a living organism. Mati is simultaneously robust and unexpectedly lightweight. The chair is available in a choice of woods (maple, ash, oak, and walnut) with a natural oil finish or stained in black or wenge with a choice of high quality black or brown leather for the seat.



“Craftsmen are my heroes and biggest source of inspiration.”

Sebastian Herkner (born 1981) studied Product Design at HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design. During his studies he began to focus on designing objects and furniture, honing his keen sense for materials, colors and textures

In the year 2006 Sebastian Herkner founded his own studio. Since that time, he has designed furniture, lamps and smaller items for manufacturers such as Ames, and Tradition, Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Ex.t, Fontana Arte, Gubi, Fritz Hansen, Linteloo, Moroso, Pulpo, Rosenthal, Schramm Werkstätten, Thonet, Wittmann and Zanotta.

Zanat Mati Chair

Herkner also realizes interior architecture projects and museum and exhibition design. His works have won numerous accolades – among others the IF Award, the Iconic Award and the Elle Deco International Design Award (EDIDA).

As Guest of Honor to imm cologne 2016, Sebastian Herkner provided the design for “Das Haus”. Maison&Objet has elected him 2019 “Designer of the Year”.

What characterizes Sebastian’s design work and interests are unconditional love for traditional crafts paired with a good feel for new technologies, a true flair for color, authentic materials and textures, an unadulterated curiosity for different cultures, for embracing and integrating them, and a commitment to taking responsibility for the things and people one works with.

The Bell Table Sebastian created for ClassiCon in 2012, which have become an icon of modern design, are a great testimony not only to Sebastian’s extraordinary talent, but also a keen interest in contributing to preservation of extraordinary crafts.

We in Zanat were sincerely fortunate to welcome Sebastian to our design family in 2019, again after an accidental encounter and a visit to our factory that followed it. We have had a productive collaboration during a short period of time, which resulted in an extraordinary chair and dining table, as well as set of small objects.

Sebastian and Zanat share a vision of serving as ambassadors for the preservation and promotion of extraordinary traditional crafts through marriage with outstanding modern design.







FRAME Solid wood SEAT Soft leather


Tested and certified for use in public spaces in accordance with BAS EN 16 139: 2014 standard.


- Width :  63 cm (25”)
- Depth : 51 cm (20”)
- Height : 75 cm (29.5”)
- Seat Height : 44 cm cm (17”)

Zanat Mati Chair


Sebastian Herkner


Solid Wood


All Zanat products can be cleaned with soft dry or damp cotton or other soft cloth. For repairs and reoiling of oil-finished products, please consult our Care & Maintenance manual. Oil-finished dining tables come with a free care & maintenance kit. The kits can also be purchased from Zanat.



All wood used in Zanat’s products comes from sustainably managed forests or private fruit orchards (walnut and cherry). FSC certificates for forest-originating wood are available upon request. Moreover, in 2021 Zanat undertook a commitment to plant three new trees for every tree we used to produce our products. Color variations and small healthy knots in wood are indications of material authenticity and cannot be considered a defect.

Wood is a hygroscopic material which absorbs and sheds moisture to adopt to the humidity of the environment in which it is placed and it expands or shrinks as a consequence.

To minimize checking and cracking, all Zanat products should be kept indoors (outdoors use is OK if protected from precipitation and direct sunlight) and air humidity should not be less than 40% or more than 70%. Humidity outside this range is not optimal for human health and can result in product damage.


Zanat provides a five-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects in standard products (materials and workmanship). Wear, tear and product damages is not covered under this warranty. The claims will not cover minor checks in wood, which result from relative humidity changes. Cracks in wood that result as a consequence of air humidity outside the above-indicated safe range, discolorations resulting from direct exposure of products to sunlight or otherwise improper use will not be covered under the warranty. Claims from end users must be submitted to the dealer from whom the product was purchased in order to be considered.

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