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Aesthetics of Wood Shaping – Product Design Exhibition in Zagreb

Aesthetics of Wood Shaping is the name of the exhibition of designer wooden furniture and various products made of this natural material. This juried exhibition of ULUPUH’s (Croatian Association of Fine Artists of Applied Arts) section for product design took place in ULUPUH Gallery in Zagreb, Croatia. Have a look at products made of wood – designed by renowned product designers as well as up-and-coming designers – graduate students of wood design.

Lidija Mikluš, Tabushi - Club Table / Photo: Otokar Crnalić, Aesthetics of Wood Shaping - Product Design Exhibition in Zagreb, Archi-living.com
Lidija MikluÅ¡, Tabushi – Club Table / Photo: Otokar Crnalić

Aesthetics of Wood Shaping

“Shaped by the joint action of space and time, wood in its structure contains the unique story of the conditions in which grows each individual tree. A pattern emerges under the bark created by fibers, and every type of wood has its own aesthetics. The warm natural material that’s easy to work with is often extremely strong. Beauty and characteristics inspire the creation of functional products.

Croatia abounds in these precious sources of raw materials, and thanks to this abundance, the tradition of creation in wood is long. And despite the continuous appearance of new materials, the appeal of this natural material lasts, and remains an indispensable element of probably every living space, suggesting the presence of nature.

The aesthetics and functionality of wood were also applied by the presented exhibitors, relying on a quality foundation formed by years of experience, but also looking for the New, looking for and emphasizing beauty in both lines and surfaces. The sculptural character of the material comes to the fore especially in smaller utility items, with a well-measured minimalism that follows the function, while highlighting the visual quality of the raw material, following the form and/or structure. They showed their deep understanding by articulating all kinds of art elements.

Just like in nature, lines flow and branch, round off functional units in statically demanding chairs, dominant surfaces are the basis of each table, like a canvas that accepts contents, with its own discrete or less discrete aesthetics. Independent surfaces enrich the space with mobiles, or they are completely thinning, or curving, hugging the space, and letting the light through. Smaller objects call for the tactile. Understanding and respecting the material in addition to one’s own handwriting is definitely a common element for all authors.

The aesthetics of wood shaping is represented by designers who have demonstrated quality in the profession and proven it on the market, which is really not an easy task. Along with experienced professionals from Croatia, we are also joined by guests from Bosnia and Herzegovina, renowned designers, with whom we share the availability of resources. In this case, wood reveals true masters.

In addition to already established designers, students from the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology of the University of Zagreb are also presenting themselves, showing their own interpretation of the raw material.

It is a combination of authors that points to complexity and interdisciplinarity as an incentive for the development of work with material that has long been interesting, physically durable, inspiring, and needed in the future as well.” Ksenija Foretić, Curator of the Exhibition “Aesthetics of Wood Shaping”

Jadranka Soviček Krpan, Professor Baltazar - Toy, Aesthetics of Wood Shaping - Product Design Exhibition in Zagreb, Archi-living.com
Jadranka Soviček Krpan, Professor Baltazar – Toy

Exhibitors – Renowned Product Designers and Up-and-Coming Designers

Professional Designers

Ana Armano Linta

Ado Avdagić

Mario Dobrečević

Jana Franušić

Ada Kezić

Juraj Krstinić

Lidija Mikluš

Nataša Perković

Sanja Rotter

Jadranka Soviček Krpan

Young Designers

Students of the First Year of Graduate Studies – Product Design from Wood, Wood Technology Department, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, University of Zagreb:

Ivan Bojčić

Tomislav Grabić

Karlo Jedvaj

Slađana Josipović

Mihael Kirić

Nino Klarić

Bernard Lamot

Nikola Lukež

Mihaela Vuzem

Associate Professor Ph.D. Danijela Domljan, Mentor

Exhibits – Designer Wooden Furniture and Various Products

Professional Designers

Ana Armano Linta, Ab Ovo - Club Tables, Croatian furniture designers, wooden club tables for contemporary interiors, Archi-living.com

Ana Armano Linta

Ab Ovo – Club Tables

Self-Initiated Work

Photo: Ana Armano Linta

Ado Avdagić, Primum Chair Mesh, Wooden Chair Design, Archi-living.com

Ado Avdagić

Primum Chair Mesh

Manufacturer: Aptha Furniture (brand GoEs)

Photo: Haris Adžem

Ada Kezić, Quatrefoil Set of Club Tables, Croatian Furniture Designer, Wooden Club Tables, Archi-living.com

Ada Kezić

Quatrefoil Set of Club Tables

Manufacturer: ERA group

Photo: Dražen Lapić

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Ada Kezić, Barr - Bar Stool, Wooden Hospitality Furniture, Croatian Product Designer, Archi-living.com

Ada Kezić

Barr – Bar Stool

Manufacturer: ERA group

Photo: Dražen Lapić

Ada Kezić, Lapillis Candlestick Set, Wooden Candle Holders, Archi-living.com

Ada Kezić

Lapillis Candlestick Set (also in the cover photo)

Manufacturer: A1 FORMAT

Photo: Ada Kezić

Lidija Mikluš, Tabushi - Club Table, Croatian Furniture Designer, Wooden Club Table with Vase Holder, Archi-living.com

Lidija Mikluš

Tabushi – Club Table

Self-Initiated work

Photo: Otokar Crnalić

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Nataša Perković, Elle Chair Armrest, Wooden Dining Room Chair, Archi-living.com

Nataša Perković

Elle Chair & Elle Chair Armrest

Manufacturer: Aptha Furniture

(brand GoEs)

Photo: Haris Adžem

Sanja Rotter, Sweet Sputnik - Light Fixture, Wooden Lamp Design, Aesthetics of Wood Shaping - Product Design Exhibition in Zagreb

Sanja Rotter

Sweet Sputnik – Light Fixture

Self-Initiated Work

Photo: Sanja Rotter and Petra Slobodnja

Jadranka Soviček Krpan, Professor Baltazar - Toy, Croatian Product Design, Wooden Toys

Jadranka Soviček Krpan

Professor Baltazar – Toy

Self-Initiated Work

Photo: Jadranka Soviček Krpan

Young Designers

University of Zagreb, Faculty of Forestry and Wood Technology, Department of Wood Technology

Project WEECHEE / TREESTOL, SMART TABLES

Mentor and Project Manager: Associate Professor Ph.D. Danijela Domljan

Students in the 1st Year of Graduate Studies – Design of Wood Products:

Karlo Jedvaj, String - the Prototype of the Smart Desk, Wooden Smart Desk Design, Archi-living.com

Karlo Jedvaj

String – the Prototype of the Smart Desk

Manufacturer: Twin

Photo: Karlo Jedvaj

Mentor: Associate Professor Ph.D. Danijela Domljan

Nino Klaric, Loop - the Prototype of the Club Table, Wooden Club Table, Aesthetics of Wood Shaping - Product Design Exhibition in Zagreb

Nino Klaric

Loop – the Prototype of the Club Table

Manufacturer: Twin

Photo: Nino Klarić

Mentor: Associate Professor Ph.D. Danijela Domljan

Bernard Lamot, Quercus Veruche - the Prototype of the Console Table, Young Croatian Furniture Designers, Archi-living.com

Bernard Lamot

Quercus Veruche – the Prototype of the Console Table

Manufacturer: Twin

Photo: Bernard Lamot

Mentor: Associate Professor Ph.D. Danijela Domljan

Nikola Lukež, CoMet - the Prototype of the Hanging Table, Young Croatian Furniture Designers, Aesthetics of Wood Shaping - Product Design Exhibition in Zagreb

Nikola Lukež

CoMet – the Prototype of the Hanging Table

Manufacturer: Twin

Photo: Nikola Lukež

Mentor: Associate Professor Ph.D. Danijela Domljan

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