Being Serbian myself I am always on the lookout for creative projects from my parents’ native country. I have written on my blog about one of my favorite Serbian designers and artists, Ana Kras, a few times. But recently I have stumbled upon two new Serbian design labels: Presek Design Studio and Lampemm. And I was like WOW – how cool are they!? I was impressed to see very contemporary, cool and stylish furniture design coming right away from Serbia. But have a look for yourself!
Presek is a Belgrade based design studio focused on furniture design, interiors, packaging and graphic design. The designer duo Ksenija Josifovic (we share the same surname) and Miroslava Djordjevic recently launched the new Opposite Collection with remarkable and utterly contemporary design pieces like the Wooden Kotlic floor lamp (kotlic means in Serbian little cauldron). This floor lamp is inspired by Serbian tradition and resembles a typical cooking tripod where a cauldron would be hanging over open fire. Instead of a cauldron this eye-catching floor lamp holds a bulb with a colored cord.
The Synthesis coffee table is a cool and urban combination of industrial and Scandinavian style – made in Serbia. The coffee table is made of wood and steel and the table base seems to be strong and airy at the same time while the wooden tabletop appears to have landed on the base and settled on it with the top of the base peeking out at the top. The top of the base serves as an integrated fruit bowl or planter. Quirky!
The Eclipse table lamp draws its inspiration from a solar eclipse with the bulb being the sun and the screen being the moon. The screens are removable and come in black, white steel and natural wood as well as with cut out shapes.
Lampemm is a woodworking studio in Belgrade and focuses on making solid wood furniture. The entire design process is rooted in the natural material itself – it is based on the texture and geometric shapes of wooden pieces. The new Collection 2015 is inspired by public spaces from the mid 20th century. It combines simple angular forms with the traces of time and investigates the process of ageing.
The new collection from Lamepmm features desk lamps, a floor lamp, a desk and coffee table, a wooden box as well as a wooden clutch bag – by combining mostly walnut wood with materials such as metal and ceramics these pieces have a very modern and timeless appearance.
Both labels have sparked my interest to further explore the design scene not only in Serbia but on the Balkans in general. And I’ll make sure to share my findings with you here on Happy Interior Blog.