Croatian Story of Design, Architecture, Construction, Living and Production – ambienta

AMBIENTA, the 49th International Furniture, Interior Decoration and Supporting Industry Fair will take place from 13 – 16 October at Zagreb Fair. Discover more about this Croatian fair.


Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb, and with the partner Hrvatske šume (Croatian Forests) and the Italian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce, this year again Ambienta presents a comprehensive exhibition program to include quality topics, thus confirming its status of the central national business event in the wood processing industry and production.

This year’s AMBIENTA includes the following complementary topics:


In pavilion 5 at 6,500 m2 of exhibition space, 146 exhibitors from 12 countries will present their products and services.

Participating countries: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Slovenia, and Spain.

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With a focus on interior decoration, design, and related industries, Ambienta is an excellent place for inspiration on home decoration and the redesign of existing spaces.


Design Zone, Art Fair, Horeca Equipment, Construction, and Equipping

Above all, a special unit – Design Zone features designer innovations in furniture manufacture, while the accompanying exhibition of works of art – Art Fair offers an artistic upgrade with works created by painters. Within the scope of the Fair, a special place belongs to the industrial segment of the Horeca equipment and the segment Construction and Equipping.


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A Rich Program of Professional Events

In addition to the exhibition segment, along with the presentation of novelties, a comprehensive professional and educational program will be prepared.

On 13 and 14 October, the Croatian Chamber of Architects will organize a two-day conference titled “Scope of architectural services and fees”. The main goal of the Conference is to provide detailed information to its members, as well as to Croatian experts and the interested public, about the standards of architectural services in European countries, the usual levels of scope and content of the architectural projects, and technical documentation, and the current fees for architectural services in the EU.

Architects from Austria, Germany, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and the UK, experienced planners, and experts on issues of standards and prices of architectural services will speak at the Conference.


Ecology and Energy – Panel Discussion Topics 

The partner of the Fair is the Italian-Croatian Chamber of Commerce which will organize a panel discussion called “The man at the center of design” on Saturday, 15 October with the topics: Ecological transition, Energy and environmental sustainability, restoration and refurbishment of heritage in residential units under protection with the participation of three renowned Italian architects Ing. Corrado Faglioni, Enerplan Spa, Ing. Leonardo Mondini, Arklook Srl, Arch. Shaghayegh Vahidi, Arklook Srl, and Ada Kezić from Croatian product design company A1 Format.

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There will also be a lecture by the expert of the Hrvoje Požar Energy Institute on the current topic “Efficient energy use in the household” as well as the presentation of the application “Checking the Efficiency of Devices” that enables choosing an efficient device. The application provides an easy way to compare and calculate the operating costs for the product models you choose, over the entire life of the product. This makes the decision to buy the optimal model of a new household appliance easier.

On Thursday, 13 October, the Voice of Entrepreneurs Association organizes a conference on the topic “BUILD YOUR BUSINESS”. The main goal of the Conference is to provide more detailed information to entrepreneurs from the sectors of construction, architecture, interior, and exterior design, as well as to students and future entrepreneurs about possible ways of running their business, anti-seismic building systems, negotiation skills, as well as marketing and client relations.


Exhibitor Novelties

At Ambienta 2022, exhibitors will present furniture for housing, business premises, hotels and catering facilities, designer furniture, and products and equipment for interior and exterior decoration.

DOMUS DECORUM has developed an innovative holistic approach to the arrangement of business spaces called the NEW AGE OFFICE, which aims to benefit people who work in a sustainable and healthy space, encouraging productivity, flexibility, and inspiration for new creations.

The team Lana Anderson and Mejra Mitrovich take care of and create spaces that are designed for the future and are based on: the detection of all disadvantages of the workspace (radiation, environmental analysis), suggestions for optimal furniture arrangement, furnishing in accordance with natural solutions – materials, ergonomics, aesthetics, biophilia in space, smart solutions for clean air, smart solutions for light and noise, smart solutions for healthy and drinking water. Their partners Smart Way, Blue Air, Iverpan, and Bioeterica will present their ecological products, which you will be able to see, try and buy at promotional prices.

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Promoting Ecologically Appropriate, Socially Beneficial, and Profitable Management of the World’s Forests

FOREST STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL® (FSC®) is an international, non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting ecologically appropriate, socially beneficial, and profitable management of the world forests. They will participate in this year’s Ambienta to support and promote FSC certification in Croatia and to celebrate 20 years of FSC certification of Croatian forests.

TABUSHI LILIPOP DESIGN – their range consists of several designed poufs, even multifunctional ones – with storage, and several models of bar stools, and armchairs.

This year’s novelty is the fashion accessory – the Tabushi handbag so that Tabushi can always be with you. The Lili bag is made of marine leatherette, it is easy to maintain and it fits a whole lot of everything, see for yourself!

TOP2FLOOR – a boutique of fine ceramics and sanitary equipment, ceramic tiles for everyone’s taste. Maximum or minimum, if you are indecisive, TOP2FLOOR experts will give you the advice to help you choose. You no longer have to imagine your dream bathroom. Experience it with the help of free 3D visualization.

ZETRA MONT – artificial fences and lawns. Zetra Mont presents high-quality fences for interiors and exteriors. Various models of artificial lawns with a 10-year warranty and artificial modular fences with a 5-year warranty.


Contemporary Unique Furniture Design

At this year’s AMBIENTA, LOGNITURE presents a diverse offer of contemporary unique furniture design/functional sculpture handmade from pieces of wood, accompanied by a unique abstract photograph of fragments in nature that will stimulate your imagination to think.

APPARIS GROUP D.O.O is a distributor of urban equipment, but also a manufacturer of metal fancy goods. Mr.Fill smart solar compacting bins are also a novelty at the Ambienta Fair. Ecologically and technically conscious cities do not want to leave the waste problem to chance. Mr.Fill containers have proven to be an ideal partner in solving waste problems in cities.

FITOM COMMERCE will present an exhibition of corner sofas, beds, and mattresses available for custom-making. Among the novelties, they will present modular corner sets that can be arranged by elements.


Augmented Reality Technology

The ART DIVISION company specializes in creating advanced #webAR solutions using augmented reality technology. They offer companies the opportunity for their customers to try products in their space directly from their website using 3D technology and augmented reality.

VIDIME presents products and different samples of photo wallpapers and wall coverings made of polyurethane at its exhibition area along with a video projection of wall covering installation. Among the novelties on the Croatian market, they will present – Panespol’s polyurethane wall coverings. Wall coverings are waterproof, non-flammable, and very easy to install.

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ALEDO FURNITURE offers everything for living rooms and bedrooms, upholstered furniture, beds, tables, and elegant and comfortable chairs. There is also a special offer of quality mattresses tested in quality testing institutes, and the offer includes carpets and tracks of quality material in various designs and dimensions.

CAROLINE system – Concepts HR, an innovative and universal system of presentation and furnishing. It is easy to solve the design of shop windows, and walls, to combine free-standing elements in the central part of the rooms that simultaneously serve as space dividers and presentation elements, and numerous other elements. There is also a special CONFIGURATOR for the universal CAROLINE furnishing and presentation system that you can download easily and free of charge immediately.

PAVIĆ PLAST – mattresses, beds, and upholstered furniture

ERA DESIGNED FURNITURE – furniture designed by domestic designers and produced exclusively in Croatia. High-quality furniture with a long warranty period. The emphasis is on wood, its smell, and its color without chemicals. All wood products are made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.


Smart House System

ENTIA – will present the smart house system, high-tech products that transfer the functionality of a smart home to all homes and facilities.

DREAMHOOD WALLPAPERS – all wallpapers are tailor-made to fit your space.

GITA LAMPSHADES – handcrafted lampshades, lamps, and chandeliers made of quality designed fabrics. At this year’s AMBIENTA a lot of novelties, colors, patterns, and unusual combinations will be showcased.

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INTERNORM WINDOWS – DOORS – from a locksmith workshop with one employee to the largest European window brand with international operations! INTERNORM expands its range with three outstanding products: the new KF 510, HF 510 windows, and designer entrance doors promise quality, design, and security for the greatest living comfort.

MOEL OFFICIAL is a specialized manufacturer and retailer of high-quality products for your home.


Awarded Croatian Furniture Design 

TINK THINGS – presents Croatian children’s furniture that received an award at the Milan fair. The children’s chairs designed by Zagreb product designer Dorja Benussi are a real little miracle: in addition to being a classic chair, they will also serve as a shelter, a swing, and a secret hiding place for little ones… In addition to the practical side, this innovative sensory furniture provides the child with comfort and an incentive for emotional and physical development.

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SMALL HOUSES will present two models of mobile homes with a terrace, Leona 24 and Leona 33. Small houses offer the best mobile home construction technology in the Croatian market.

MILY DESIGN is a special design of a magical Epoxy fairy tale that contains unique specially handcrafted furniture products.

They are especially proud of dining tables with dimensions of 1-7 meters, made using a special design method with epoxy resin.


Creative Lighting Design Ideas

CREATIVE-CABLES STORE ZAGREB is an innovative Italian company producing lighting that provides a completely different dimension to any space. With Creative Cables, lighting can be technically and stylistically adapted to any interior, which makes this lighting shop completely different from others. By combining elements, it is possible to design over 100,000 different lighting fixtures. With affordable prices and a completely individual approach to each chandelier, wall or table lamp, pendant, or floor lamp, Creative Cables is spreading all over the world and has more and more enthusiastic private customers, architects, and interior designers.

At the Ambienta Fair, Creative Cables wants to show potential customers and partners standard lighting solutions, but also a new and completely customized approach to lighting design, as well as several novelties in the offer for even more creativity and individuality.

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FRANJIĆ UPHOLSTERY exhibits its own products, and visitors to the Fair can see and try the products on the spot, get convinced of the quality of production, and take advantage of the great possibilities and flexibility when ordering the ideal custom-made product for their own home.

DIATEH DOO SYS – MODERN TECHNOLOGIES of 3D concrete printing, mini concrete factory, production of models and samples from reinforced concrete. Service of automated machines, and PLC programming. Production and sale of diamond tools for cutting, drilling, grinding, and polishing concrete, asphalt, granite, marble…

ALT EQUIPMENT behind the name #Metropolitán stands for a diverse collection of home furniture that emphasizes the fundamental balance between comfort, style, and functionality, and is characterized by technological progress in manufacturing.

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Professional Catering Equipment

The company GASTRO STIL D.O.O., thanks to many years of experience in business with professional catering equipment, will present the latest world trends. As one of the novelties, the #JOSPER charcoal oven stands out, an elegant combination of grill and oven, able to achieve crispness, retention of juiciness, and the desired taste. Also, as an exclusive distributor of ANGELO PO catering equipment, they present a range of devices that follow their philosophy – reliability, ethics, quality, safety, and reducing the impact of waste on the environment.

Custom-made wallpapers, art prints, and original paintings by academic painter MIRNA SIŠUL. At the Ambienta Fair, she will present the new SATIN PREMIUM wallpaper material with a 20% discount during the Fair. She will organize a prize game for visitors at her exhibition space.

PEVEX d.d. is the first Croatian retail chain, leading in the sale of non-food products. Pevex has 27 sales centers throughout Croatia and is the first choice for purchasing products for building, furnishing, and decorating the home and garden. The offer will comprise the best selection of LED, OLED, and QLED TVs.


Hrvatske Šume (Croatian Forests) to Mark 20 Years of FSC® Certificate

On the opening day of Ambienta, 13 October, Hrvatske šume celebrates 20 years of certification with the FSC® forest stewardship certificate. FSC® certification means that the forest is managed according to strict ecological, social, and economic standards.

The above-mentioned certificate signifies a great honor and an international recognition of the method of forest stewardship within the “Hrvatske šume” company that takes place in accordance with strict criteria. Hereby, the Croatian forestry profession, which has been responsibly managing an extremely important national resource for generations, received huge recognition.

Moreover, the fact that “Hrvatske šume” can market all its products as FSC® certified is of great importance for the Croatian wood industry, considering that the largest part of the raw material comes from this source. Wood processors recognized this opportunity and many also obtained FSC® certificates and thereby gained a great comparative advantage.

The existence of the certificate should stimulate the export orientation of our wood industry so as to achieve greater added value to the products. The fact that Croatia was the first country in the region to obtain the FSC® certificate also means a great step forward for Croatian forestry and as such is one of the larger achievements of this branch.


Art Fair

The autumn auction 2022 by the Kontura auction house to take place on Saturday, 15 October, will offer 55 works of art.

Undoubtedly, we should highlight the painting by Menci Clement Crnčić (1865 – 1930) In the twilight from 1922, an intimate realization of somewhat symbolic meaning.

The painter Bela Čikoš Sesija (1864 – 1931) is represented by two works. The portrait of a young priest created around 1899 is a wonderful example of Čikoš portrait from the period of the birth of Croatian pictorial symbolism. A little later, in 1916, Čikoš painted a reclining female nude, Reminiscence II (oil on canvas). It is a painting with a certain melancholic atmosphere, and the painter’s choice of motifs and method of realization brilliantly evokes the time of its creation.

The still underappreciated painter Joso Bužan (1873 – 1936) is represented with work in oil on canvas technique. The work Purple Veil from 1934 confirms the painter’s virtuosity in the realization of realistic motifs shaped by various light sources and is a fine example of high painting quality.

A nice counterpoint to the classic Bužan act is the work of Marino Tartaglia (1894 – 1984) Figure, a work of emblematic modernity created at the turn of the 1950s to 1960s.


Contemporary Croatian Art

From the corpus of works of contemporary Croatian art, we highlight the works of Sebastijan Dračić (oil on canvas), Petra Grozaj (Spring, oil on canvas), and the work of Stjepan Šandrk (Martina in Lauba II).

Among other authors are the following famous artists: Gordana Bakić, Anka Bestall, Dubravko Budić, Josip Crnobori, Danko Friščić, Mladen Galić, Oton Postružnik, Nikola Reiser, Vjenceslav Richter, Vilim Svečnjak, Paulina Jazvić, Ivo Kalina, Ana Barbić Katičić, Koraljka Kovač, Miron Makanec, Slavko Marić, Marijan Molnar, Edo Murtić, Dimitrije Popović, Zora Preradović, Ivo Režek, Ljudevit Šestić, Slavko Tomerlin, Josip Vaništa , Ivo Vojvodić, Milivoj Uzelac.

There are also two bronze casts (A.G. Matoš and Self-Portrait) by the sculptor Branko Ružić (1919 – 1997) and his unique work in wood (“Animal”).

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General Information about Ambienta Fair


The official opening takes place on 13 October 2022 at 11:00 h in pavilion 5 of the Zagreb Fair. The fair is inaugurated by Luka Korlaet, Ph.D., Deputy Mayor of the City of Zagreb.

VENUE – Pavilion 5 and the adjacent open-air space of Zagreb Fair


Thursday – Saturday 10:00 – 19:00 h

Sunday 10:00  – 18:00 h


More information is available at and on social networks of the Zagreb Fair.  

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