What happens when you mix the Balkans and Scandinavia? Great design happens! Cool Scandinavian design aesthetics mix with ethnic patterns and century old handicraft from the Balkans and result in beautiful wooden design pieces for the contemporary home. One example of this unusual design concoction are the Nera wooden bowls by Bosnian design label Zanat made in collaboration with Swedish designer Monica Förster. And I am so in love!
The Nera wooden bowls are made by hand with improvised patterns by the carvers. The bowls highlight the traditional craftsmanship of wood carving typical for Bosnia. These beauties are great as fruit bowls, bowls for nuts and small snacks or as amazing center pieces on a dining table.
Do I have to mention that I got myself one bowl? A little pre-Xmas present if you want so. In Germany you can find the Nera wooden bowls at the Hotel Ultra Concept Store.
Photography by Zanat / Monica Förster Design Studio
Nice bowls, really nice. Handcrafted, they look amazing. I’d love to meet and know the people able to create such beauties. They must be some special persons, they love wood and care about it, it’s easy to see this.
Same here, Gabrielle. I know that woodworking and wood carving is very traditional throughout the Balkans. Maybe I will have to go and see that for myself during my next trip to the region!