Designer: Amadej Bezovšek, Slovenia
The chair is designed as an intertwining of pra material and modern material. With this in mind, I also chose the name PRAMOD (ern) CHAIR. I started designing to design a modern chair with a clean construction, which has only the basic elements necessary for existence. When I came to the final shape, I found that the two sets of chairs are very similar in shape, only the dimensions are different. The first set consists of front legs, armrests and backrest. The second set consists of the sides of the seat, the rear legs and the link 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 construction is made of solid oak wood, which is superficially finished with the grinding technique. The seat, however, consists of eight rods made of transparent epoxy resin. The latter has often appeared in unique pieces of furniture for several years, but (in my opinion) rarely interestingly and cleverly. Therefore, it was extremely important to me that its use is important 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 the wood even clearer.
Designer: Andraž Rudi Vrhovšek, Slovenia
Hashtag lounge chair takes inspiration from wood in its purest (industrialized) state, flat wooden planks. Planks in constant thickness make it possible to preserve and emphasize wood's beautiful texture and structural capabilities. Because of that and its almost architectural construction, the design looks like a monolithic structure. The Hashtag in its design refers to the classical lounge and deck chairs such as Thomas Lee's Adirondack chair from 1905.
The design refers to Lee's chair by using a single 3 meters long plank of wood to construct the main pieces. Such we respect the forest and the material it gives us. It is designed such that it can be made with simple carpentry tools and techniques.
Designer: Gašper Fabijan, Slovenia
Probably few people know the image of the copperplate on the cover of Laugier's Essays, which shows the original hut. Four tree trunks, and between them is a roof structure made of branches - a proto-construction that speaks not only of the idealized beginning of construction but also of the importance of man's coexistence with nature. In our space there is a unique monument of such a primordial, architecture - a haystack. Kozolec is the culture that most determines the recognizability of the landscape in Slovenia, over time it has become part of this landscape, as trees and fields, as if it has always stood there." Stele, 1955. People recognize the priceless heritage in hayracks, but nonetheless, it has lost its true role forever. Perhaps the time has come to transfer the idea of the hayrack, about the primordial coexistence of man with nature and the quality use of wood, to other products as well. Let's start with the table. The chair consistently quotes the construction of the “toplar” and is made of wooden sticks, which are connected by notching and doweling as in hayracks. The “forehead” and “harrow” wind the chair, and the acrylic glass seat provides additional rigidity, which allows a smooth view of the mighty construction of the chair.
As the year of installation is engraved on the hayracks, the year of manufacture is also marked on the chair. The ends of the three metal bars are painted in the colour of the year determined by the Pantone Institute.
As a tribute to the Kočevje forest, fir wood is used, and for a darker version, smoked oak. Oak is the most common construction material for hayracks.
Designer: Bálint Szalai, Hungary
The furniture is a one-and-a-half-man bench by combining two peasant chairs. It 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.