Prostoria’s furniture at the Southern Salon: 2021 – Villa Zagorje
The South Salon at the Presidential Palace in Croatia has been renovated in the framework of the programme of the 2020 Annual Croatian Architects’ Works Exhibition. It was conceived in collaboration with the Croatian Architects' Association (CAA), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (MSU), Prostoria and Grupa. Although temporary in nature, this project is an example of modern diplomacy that successfully combines Croatian architectural heritage, contemporary design and art production. We can view them as symbols of Croatian creativity and a reflection of the national identity.
26 — 04 — 2021
Villa Zagorje belongs to the Croatian modernist architectural heritage (authors: Vjenceslav Richter and Kazimir Ostrogović, following Drago Ibler’s basic idea) which is the root and inspiration of Prostoria’s furniture design. Although more than half a century apart, they complement each other naturally in a way that emphasizes both the origin of the design and modernity. The concept of this exhibition emerged from modernist values emphasising that architecture, design and art are not fundamentally different.
Following the period of historicist adaptation of the South Salon, contemporary spirit of the exhibition titled "South Salon: 2021“ comprises a selection of Prostoria’s furniture collections (Combina sofa by Numen/ForUse, Strain low chairs by Simon Morasi Piperčić, Tinker easy chairs and low tables by Grupa, Polygon easy chairs and low tables by Numen/ForUse, carpets by Grupa) and lighting fixtures by Grupa (Baluna, Arigato). This exhibition also showcases various artworks dating from the 1950s until the present day with a selection of works by artists belonging to different generations that represent the key periods of 20th century contemporary Croatian art such as Ivan Picelj, Juraj Dobrović, Edita Schubert, Duje Jurić, Silvio Vujičić and Ivana Franke.