Barrel-making was for many centuries a strong tradition in a coastal area of Croatia where I grew up. However, within only few decades, barrel-making faded away completely, when plastic and stainless steel replaced wooden barrels as cheaper and more practical solutions. At the same time, awareness of local food traditions began to rise.
I used barrel-making (also known as coopering) as starting point in search for both new forms of expression, as well as new functions and uses. Through evolution of centuries-old technique I was hoping to create new interest in tradition and sense of local identity it represents. And yes, I like Hayao Miyazaki.
Wooden food smoker is both a storytelling piece, as well as usable piece of outdoor kitchen equipment. As a functional piece, it corresponds to contemporary trends of reviving food as social event, and desire to explore new tastes in ingredients. Lastly, the object contains a somewhat ironic character trait when it comes to invented tradition, and I can imagine scenario where it would be deliberately falsely presented as an actual historical piece of kitchenware.
Ceramic fire-pit (which you don’t see on photos but you will soon) was made by Croatian artist Mladen Ivančić.
Photos by Biba Šehović Jelušić and Martin Gustavsson.
Pinta is a project I did in collaboration with my friend Ola Andersson. We’re exhibiting it at Stockholm Furniture Fair from 3-7 February 2015, as a part of Survival: The Craft of Adaption project.
Pinta is a playboat for kids of preschool and early school age. It offers various play possibilities on the inside, while being rich in imaginative powers on the outside.
Pleasant tactile experience of cork and textured wood, combined with gentle rocking movement, create a cosy womb-like enclosure. Its image is a visual reference of all the grand adventures: from pirates to early explorers like Columbus and Magellan. Pinta recalls boat on an open sea, boat as a shelter and boat as a product of woodcraft traditions.
Our friends Martin Horgan, Juan Cappa, Petter Olsson and Adrian Coen helped with the build.
Photographs by Steven Polak.
I was asked to make a writing desk for three girls who are starting school this autumn. The magic appeal of mid-century modern was in this case just too hard to resist: desk is a sequel of a long line of simple and beautiful writing desks, inspired primarily by 1952 Helmut Magg’s desk, but also recent pieces like Phloem Studio’s beautiful Laura desk. So here’s a preview of two desks I just finished, one in walnut with green formica top, and another one in white ash with ivory-coloured top; the third one will be in walnut with black top. I wanted to create a desk that would fit the world of a seven year old girls, while not being too childish, rather a heirloom piece that can follow a person through life. And yes, I wanted it to be subtly feminine, hence the gentle curvy lines and soft contrasts. More photos soon.
Some more playhouse photos by Martin Gustavsson.
We exhibited UN-DESIRABLES project at 2014 Milan Furniture Fair, from 7th till 13th of April. We were a part of SWEDISH PRESENCE exhibition in Brera district.