Slovenian designer Nika Zupanc combines the feminine, the frivolous and the kitsh to create bold, witty designs. Delicate stitching ribbons and frill effects abound in her work, but with steely edge.
‘I use feminine archetypes in alternative ways. They are usually considered frivolous, but in my work they’re restrained, so they inquire new meaning’.
This year , she launched her new ‘Selfdiscipline’ collection at Spazio Rossana Olrlandi in Milan which sees her combines her signature glossy retro style which sees her combine her signature glossy retro style with a stricter, clean -lined aesthetic.
“Bring waves of boldness into rationally organized dwellings is its high-class mission. The moment it falls from the ceiling it becomes an obvious imposer. High on shine ropes leave little to ponder: you want to touch them, even steal a sneaky peek, just to see where all the glow is coming from. While it may seem like something that is totally content to be reduced to yet another fatally beautiful thing, its bold, cold curves tell a different story. Next time you will think. Twice?”
“You’ve rested your body on different types of seating devices, but have you ever tried to place something underneath you and make it come closer? It has every detail that the first league offices want you to have, except that it’s not afraid of being delicate, slightly deranged, and otherworldly. The hi-tech, retro-look mechanism zooms in and out with the help of a sleek handle, while the brass wheels dance all over the place.”
“Where can all the evidence of dangerous liaisons be stashed? Well, in the pocket of course, and what a fabulous pocket it is. The monolith business meaning table can elegantly unhook and open up like a true pulp-fiction novel, letting out a fan construction of pleated textile. This is where you can keep all your bits and bobs and paperwork of exceptional importance like bills and, well, dirty words hidden under the harmlessly-looking surface.”
“The prêt-à-porter got all emotional about conventional and convenient storage methods, causing constant clashes and other messy encounters among them. After all, they were not made to be thrown into darkness. For people that merely yawn in the presence of a walk-in closet, a wardrobe cabinet on brass wheels–with a paper fan that plays the role of the drawers–provides an interesting piece of fashion advice. Its capacity shrinks and expands with the number of little black dresses or trench coats inside, but it is always stylishly belted with a plush silk band.”
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