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DESIGN DINING: Slovenian Tableware Design

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Based on their shared values of local, sustainable, sensory and ritualistic, the design and culinary mindset were combined into a nine-course vegetarian menu featuring a new, limited series of unique tableware pieces by nine designers and designer collectives. The concept for each dish was developed and complemented hand in hand with the idea of an individual design piece, with the focus on simple, local ingredients and materials as well as experimental forms and bold flavors.

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“Being a chef myself and always on the lookout for new ideas on how to present my dishes, I am very much looking forward to this project. Instead of once white dinner plates we now have unique design products of ceramic artists, carpenters and other craftspeople. I think it a brilliant idea to give an artist the opportunity to feel unencumbered by how their products will end up being used. This is the way to make products that transcend the boundaries of what is commonplace, expected or comfortable.”

- Jakob Pintar, chef

Brinas

Selected Designers:
Romana Brina Gobec

Her source of inspiration is nature and everything that surrounds her, but mostly what she feels when she closes her eyes. Her mission is to create herself with hands, to discover organic, advanced materials, and to discover the countless possibilities for dyeing textile with natural dyes.

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Selected Designers:
Bojana Križanec

Bojana Križanec holds a degree in sculpture at the Famul Stuart School of Applied Arts in Ljubljana (now School of Arts, University of Nova Gorica). She has had solo exhibitions in numerous galleries and is the recipient of several awards. In recent years, she has been making plates for some of the best restaurants both at home and abroad, among them Hiša Franko, La Subida, Amelia, and Noel.

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Selected Designers:
Gašper Fabijan

Gašper Fabijan is an architect increasingly turning towards design. Both in architecture and in designing smaller objects he is inspired by stories that help the object design itself and thus become timeless.

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MOSEANIC

Selected Designers:
Lučka Berlot in Ági Göb

Designer and teacher Lučka Berlot works in product and craft-based design, in particular lightnings and home accessories. Her products are made under the brand name Lučkabučka. Since 2019, she has been developing Moseanic Partnership material and brand name together with Hungarian designer Agi Gob. Agi Gob graduated in urban and product design in Budapest, and is currently working in packaging and product design as well as photography.

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Salto Dionys

Selected Designers:
Rok Oblak

Rok Oblak holds a degree in industrial design from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, and a master's degree in applied arts from Emily Carr University in Canada. Apart from Delavnica LEVO, where he designs products under the brand name Salto Dionys, he is also active in KRATER creative lab. His work revolves around biocomposites, use of local materials and the conception of new DIY and DIT production processes.

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Selected Designers:
Nuša Jelenec in Katarina Dekleva

Industrial designer Nuša Jelenec and architect Katarina Dekleva first met in the Meet Your Food section of Ljubljana Design Biennial's BIO25 edition. Sharing similar interests, design approach and philosophy, they have since working together professionally on a regular base. They are both interested in sustainability principles, DIY culture, humor in design and architecture, cooking and gardening.

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OD OKA

Selected Designers:
Kristina Pucko in Špela Ambrož

OD OKA is the result of project-based cooperation between Špela Ambrož and Kristina Pucko. Authors create artful tableware for imaginative tablescapes. 

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Natura Morta

Selected Designers:
Anamarija Dimovska

Ceramics designer Anamarija Dimkovska explores traditional forms and archeological finds of the past, whereby she is constantly confronted with the question of future. Her experimental approach to work and alchemical mixing of recipes for various glazes produce one-of-a-kind effects. The surfaces of her objects are proof of a unique transformation that takes place hidden from view, during the phase of glaze firing.

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Selected Designers:
Vera Fois

Vera Fois is an architect and a Master in Management, who loves design and architecture. She likes to explore new concepts and different technologies, with particular focus on details. Recently, she has started exploring ceramics design.

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