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  1. Amadej Bezovšek, PRAMOD Chair, Slovenia

The chair is designed as a combination of ancient material and modern material. With this in mind, I also chose the name PRAMOD(ern) CHAIR. I started designing with the aim of designing a modern chair with a refined structure, which contains only the basic elements necessary for existence. When I arrived at the final shape, I realized that the two sets of chairs are very similar in shape, only the dimensions are different. The first assembly consists of the front legs, the armrest and the backrest. The second set consists of the sides of the seat, the rear legs and the connector between the legs. When I realized this, I decided that the seat should not stand out and steal the view away from the structure.The chair therefore consists of two materials: the structure is made of solid oak wood, which is surface-finished using the soaping technique. The seat consists of eight bars made of transparent epoxy resin. The latter has been appearing frequently in unique pieces of furniture for several years, but (in my opinion) rarely in an interesting and clever way. That is why it was extremely important to me that there is a meaning behind its use and that in combination with wood it does not dominate but serves it. That by not being noticeable, it allows us to see the beauty of wood even more clearly.

3. Andraž Rudi Vrhovšek, Hashtag, Slovenia

The Hashtag lounge chair draws its inspiration from wood in its purest (industrialized) state, flat wooden planks. Boards with a constant thickness make it possible to preserve and emphasize the beautiful texture and structural abilities of the wood. Because of this and its almost architectural construction, the design looks like a monolithic structure. In its design, Hashtag refers to classic lounge chairs and lounge chairs, such as Thomas Lee's Adirondack Chair from 1905. The design refers to Lee's chair by using a single 3-foot-long piece of wood to make the main pieces. This is how we respect the forest and the material it gives us.

2. Gašper Fabijan, Kozolec, Slovenia

Probably few people are familiar with the image of the copperplate on the cover of Laugier's Essays, depicting a primitive hut. Four tree trunks, and between them is a roof construction made of branches - a preconstruction, which speaks not only of the idealized beginning of construction, but also of the importance of man's coexistence with nature. In our area there is a unique monument of such primitive architecture - the haystack. "Kozolec is the culture that most determines the recognition of the landscape in Slovenia, over time it has become a part of this landscape, like trees and fields, as if it had always stood there." Stele, 1955. People recognize a priceless heritage in haystacks, but regardless, it has lost its true role forever. But perhaps the time has come to transfer the idea of the haystack, about the primal coexistence of man with nature and the high-quality use of wood, to other products as well. Let's start with the chair. The chair consistently cites the construction of a "poplar" and is made of wooden sticks, which are connected to each other by notching and doweling as in the case of haystacks. The "fronts" and "brane" wind the chair, and additional rigidity is provided by the seat made of acrylic glass, which allows an unobstructed view of the powerful construction of the chair. Just as the year of installation is engraved on the haystacks, the year of manufacture is also marked on the chair. The ends of the three metal crossbars are painted in the color of the year determined by the Pantone Institute. Fir wood is used as a tribute to Kočevska forest, and smoked oak is used for the darker version. Oak is the most common construction material for haystacks.

Special Mention: Bálint Szala, Closer, Hungary

The furniture is a one-and-a-half-man bench by combining two peasant chairs. The chair was inspired by the close, tight sitting position which can create a proper ambience for social gatherings and cultivating our personal relationships. If couples or adults with children want to sit down they should get really close both figuratively and literally. The traditional approach is transferred into our present culture by the authentic forms. The Closer chair reflects the looks of traditional furnitures, more precisely the simple, clean lines of peasant chairs. The chair elegantly balances between design, folk art and fine arts.

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