• About Apes, People and Owls

    The ceramic works of the italien company Bosa are decorative, unique, colorful and with the right sense of humor. Their repertoire of forms and figures is widely spread. I have never seen such fine ceramics produced in this quality and so narrative. Wow- truly outstanding craftsmanship!

    The Venetian workshop Bosa was founded in 1976 and creates hand-made objects and accessoires mainly in collaboration with international designers.

    Primates by Bosa

    Look at the majestic series of the apes (collection „Primates“) designed by Elena Salmistraro, I absolutely love them! Each piece looks like the king of the dschungel to me. This gorgeous collection includes vases, wall sculptures and plates.

    Elena Salmistraro also designed a series of ceramic figures called „Most Illustrious“ as a triute to italian design masters and people who inspired her. Every piece captures not just the characteristica of each individual but also their design work. Truly Amazing!

    Manolo Bossi created for all the owl fans amongst us an entire collection of beautiful and mysterious figurines (collection„The Owls“) They are not just elegant and wise looking but also serve as little containers for your precious things. Definately one of my favourites.

    The Owls by BosaBut this is just a small selection and there are many more to dicover. Check out Bosa’s homepage and discover. https://www.bosatrade.com

    Definatetly special and fun works.

     

     

     

     

    Thank you Bosa fort he press material.

     

  • Elegance, lightness & impressiv craftsmanship – combined in one chair

    During my visit to Salone del Mobile 2018 I strolled through many impressive booths but the chair series called Igman designed by Harri Koskinen for Zanat especially caught my eye.

    Even from a distance I could sense the quality and character of the chairs. The matt wooden frame and the removeable soft saddle leather seat and backrest appeared elegant and unbiased to me. The additional hand carved details on the flat cut surfaces of the armrests and back beam completed the stylish and modern look.

    Harri Koskinen, the highly renown Finish designer who has already worked for such brands as Alessi, Artek, Issey Miyake Inc, Muji and Iittala created the Igman series along with others for Zanat.

    After my initial attraction to this lovely furniture I wanted to learn more about Zanat’s touching family history. They only launched as a brand in 2015 but their roots begin more than a century ago when the great grandfather of Zanat’s founders learned a wood carving technique from pioneer wood carver entrepreneurs. These skills were passed down to his sons and and influenced several other furniture workshops in the peacetime period between the First and Second World Wars. And so it came to be that Konjic, the Bosnian hometown of Zanat, became a popular centre for hand carved furniture and local hardwood decorative objects.

    But this was not without its challenges. The World Wars, the advent of socialism and a series of wars thereafter forced the woodcarvers to close their businesses in 1995. Luckily, they always believed in their craft and restarted and continued their work whenever conditions allowed.

    Zanat’s foundation is based on a legacy that has spanned more than four generations. With the aim to use old craftsmanship to show how traditional handcraving techniques can seamlessly blend with modern design they are opening new possibilities and contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development.

    The specific heirloom woodcarving technique from Konjic practised by Zanat was inscribed into the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity on December 6, 2017. Now, at a time when Bosnia is suffering one of the highest unemployment rates in Europe, Zanat is creating opportunities, hiring and training young people and breathing a new life into this UNESCO listed hand-carving technique.

    The Igman Dining chair and the companion Lounge chair and Ottoman are definitely three of my favourite pieces from the whole faire and have remained on my mind and on my own apartment wishlist ever since.

     

    Specifications:

    Igman Chair: height 76 cm, depth 60 cm, width 55 cm | Igman Lounge Chair: 75 cm, depth 75 cm, width 93 cm | Igman Ottoman: height 40 cm, depth 56 cm, width 60 cm

    Thank you Zanat for providing the press material. Credit: www.zanat.org

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