The Monk collection brings together the regional modernist tradition and contemporary design. Originally, the chair and armchair were designed for the renovation of the architectural icon – the Palace Hotel in Dubrovnik. At the same time, they were homage to the very popular Lupina chair, a classic designed by Niko Kralj. This simple idea is reduced to finding harmony in joining two bended platforms: one for the backrest and the other expanding into the armrest. This results in an upholstered shell mounted on various types of legs – higher ones for the chair and lower ones for the armchair. The name for this collection is a figurative association that simultaneously follows the modernist ethics that inspired the team of designers: it seems as if an old monk dressed in modest cotton clothes decided to sit in an unpretentious wooden chair. The two Monks, a chair and an armchair, fuse the everyday life filled with work and contemplation. The collection is supplemented with low tables, a dining room table and a bar stool.
Members of Grupa are designers Filip Despot, Ivana Pavić and Tihana Taraba. For a number of years, they have been collaborating with Croatian and foreign furniture producers and since 2010 they have started developing their own brand named the Grupa products, which are distributed on the international and European markets. They have been exhibiting on domestic and international juried exhibits and their works were published in important international and Croatian publications. They have also been awarded many prizes.