(jiří macek) Nika Zupanc captivated Milan this year, not only with an exhibition entitled I will buy flowers myself in the Piu Superstudio, but with products for Moooi and Moroso. She lets us look, both naively and ironically, but always tenderly, into her designer soul and the stories that have accompanied her since her childhood.
Her lamps are coquettes; a pan is a puff box; a duster is a jewel; a chair is a dummy. Her cradles all have names - so does the toy-like rollercoaster with a key (its name is Konstantin Beta). Her sofa opens a situation during which the host keeps coming and leaving.
The exhibition I will buy flowers myself presented a girl’s room actually. The young Slovene designer recommends that we enter slowly step by step with the rhythm of your heartbeat. Like the Swedish Front studio, she first attracted attention at Salone Sattelite in Milan several years ago. The dark cradle for an unborn child that she exhibited there together with other objects has turned into a delicate and practical interior accessory. If we were to find the only place from which to enter her world, we should go into the doll house. It is more of an illusion than architecture. As smoke rises from its chimney, the walls play a symphony of dots. All objects could easily originate from this house. I would not be surprised if I met Mary Poppins there. “Every naïve object is my desirable victim,” explains Zupanc of her work, in which she easily abandons the purest ideas to disrupt everyday routine with frivolity and a smile.
Nika Zupanc is a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. The Lolita lamp is included in the collection of the Dutch brand of Moooi represented by Bulb in the Czech Republic. The Tailored Chair can be found in the catalogue of Moroso, represented by Konsepti in the Czech Republic.