He was born in Paris where he completed his studies; in 1908 he begins to collaborate with various architectural studios – first in Paris and then in London and Frankfurt. In 1921 he makes his debut at the “Salon d’Automne” where he presents “a restful corner” at the Musée de Crillon. Afterwards, in addition to exhibiting his innovative furniture made of metal tubing at the various “Salons”, he realizes numerous architectural projects: cinema, the decoration of shops, restaurants, offices and galleries. Already in 1919 Herbst proceeds along the road of modern design occupynig himself with metal furniture, window displays and indoor lighting. As far as his designs for metal furniture are concerned, in 1926 we can recognize his complete maturation in the rigorous and functional design of his nickle plated metal models.
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