La femme et la maison Nika Zupanc
“In a world of design which is dominated by rationalism, minimalism and technology, it is a pleasure and a necessity to find a scarce and lonely soul who puts forward her power and sensitivity to create pieces with a smart esthetic and feminine language. Let’s hope she will lead a way for the long awaited emancipation of femininity in design.”
Through her design contributions on selected subjects and themes, Nika Zupanc pushes the limits of aesthetics and experiments with new visual codes that twist existing or predefined meanings. Disguised as new technologies, advanced engineering, and an explosion of new materials, these codes lend these meanings completely new senses in contrast to those they previously had. Zupanc’s works deal with everyday subjects and themes that practically iconically personify mediocrity, boredom, and time constraints. She believes in and fights for the right to express values that do not derive from rationalism, technicism, pure utilitarianism, and low-key comfort – the ideas that still dominate contemporary design.
Precisely measured eclecticism and the intentional search for feminine archetypal elements are the parameters Zupanc uses in her work, although in a notably reserved and occasionally slightly painful manner. The latter in particular lends her creations an original and innovative authorial character that has assumed the empty place awaiting it on the international design scene, challenging our understanding of contemporary furniture, buildings, and interior design.