Nika Zupanc’s works bring inspiring reports from the outer frontiers of technologies, materials and possibilities.

Her product design collaborations include distinguished design companies such as Moooi, Se and Dior. Nika Zupanc creates limited edition collections for Rossana Orlandi, while continuing to design and produce her own brand. Since emerging at the Milan Design Week she has been closely watched by the industry and the press, describing her work as everything from “punk elegance” (Elle USA) and “techno chic” (BusinessWeek) to “larger than life” (Clear magazine) and Zupanc as “the real star” (The Wall Street Journal).

 
 

BIOGRAPHY


Product and interior designer Nika Zupanc became a globally recognised name with the launch of the Lolita lamp, her first object to be produced by Moooi. 

In 2008, she established her own studio and since works as an independent designer who is constantly involved in fresh projects that grow out of distinctive interpretations of modern culture, contemporary design and available technological options. Her products are part of the range of distinguished design companies such as Moooi, Qeeboo,  Sé,  Moroso and Nodus and she works with prestigious clients on a specially assigned projects as was her installation Room of one’s own for Dior.  Her praised limited edition collections and installations are exhibited around the world, sometimes as part of high-end collaborations like the one with Rossana Orlandi. Along the way, Zupanc continuously produces objects under her own brand Nika Zupanc and is involved in various interior projects.

Besides the Lolita lamp, Zupanc has designed a long line of signature ready-to-use pieces like Golden chair (Moooi) or Ribbon chair (Qeeboo), to name jus a few. But it is also her conceptual installations and limited editions that saw her evolving into an authentic global voice – I Will Buy Flowers Myself (2009) and Gone with the Wind (2010) presented a collection of objects inside blown-up doll house structures that became a hallmark of Milan Design Week. The Black Cherry lamp, now one of the iconic pieces of her own brand, also debuted at Milan Design Week. The installations that followed, Selfdiscipline (2011) and Summertime (2012), mark the beginning of limited edition collections in partnership with Rossana Orlandi, where with a stubborn passion Zupanc examines the nature of furniture. In 2012, her hometown of Ljubljana had the privilege to be the first with an interior designed and art-directed by Zupanc personally. The noir refurbishment of As Aperitivo is an introduction to her new venture of designing interiors.  

In the grand scale of things, in november 2013 Zupanc presented a wooden structure, a pavillion, A room of one‘s own as part of an exhibition Esprit Dior : Miss Dior in Galerie Courbe - Grand palais in Paris and created a Collection III. for luxury London based company Sé.  The collection was claimed to be one of the best collections presented at Milano design week 2015 by Dezeen, The telegraph and The Luxury channel to name a few. The collection was  awarded with Editors award for furniture at ICFF in New York.  This year also marked a launch of  her capsule collection of 20 pieces  for japan multi-store brand Francfranc. 

In the recent years Zupanc presented exciting new objects with new contemporary furniture brand Qeeboo, established by a renewed italian designer Stefano Giovanonni  and designed a collection, titled Take me to Miami for Italian brand Ghidini1961. She also designed a two collections of furniture for young and up- comping luxury brand Scarlet Splendour. Elsewhere, she has continued to build her portfolio to rising acclaim, with awarded designs for companies like Contardi lightning & De Castelli Her Longing cabinet for Italian company Decastelli was part of Tracing identity project, that was awarded with prestigious special  Salone Del mobile award 2017 and her Crystal lamp, designed for Contadi was awarded as best German design award in 2018.

Zupanc’s pieces carry an emotional charge as well as being exquisitely finished, which is why Elle USA characterised her work as “punk elegance”. There's a touch of theatre and Film Noir in her work, and somehow her pieces make the user feel like an actor. As for Zupanc, explanation is unnecessary. 

Her visual language comes from deep within and is about "communicating the things that cannot be told.”


 

SELECTED
EXHIBITIONS


 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS 

2018

Dasy lamp, X chair and x table, Ribbon chair, & Cherry lamp by Nika Zupanc for Qeeboo, (Qeeboo, Il Saloni 2018, Milan, Italy, 2018) 

Take me to Miami & Love chair by Nika zupanc for Ghidini1961, (Ghidini 1961, Il Saloni 2018,  Milan, Italy, 2018) 

Dalmatia, collection of outdoor furniture by Nika zupanc for Point, (Point, Il Saloni 2018, Milan, Italy, 2018) 

88 Secrets, collection of furniture by Nika zupanc for Scarlet Spendour, (Scarlet Splendour, Il Saloni 2018, Milan, Italy, 2018)

Soulcare, a collection of surf boards by Nika Zupanc for Flikka Boards, (Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Milano, 2018)

The Tower cabinet, a limited edition by Nika Zupanc for Rossana Orlandi, (Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Milano, 2018)

The Golden chair, new editions by Nika Zupanc for Moooi, (Moooi, Milano, 2018)

2017

Dasy lamp, X chair and x table, Ribbon chair, & Cherry lamp by Nika Zupanc for Qeeboo, (Qeeboo, Fuori Salone 2017, Via Stendhal 35, Milan, Italy, 2017) 

Collection III, (Se, Fuori Salone 2017, Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy) / 2017

Take me to Miami by Nika zupanc for Ghidini1961, (Ghidini 1961, Il Saloni 2017, Fiera Rho Pero, Milan, Italy, 2017) 

Longing cabinet by Nika zupanc for DeCastelli, (DeCastelli, Salone del mobile 2017, Fiera Rho Pero,, Milan, Italy, 2017) 

Crystal lamp by Nika zupanc forContardi lightning, (Contardi Lightning, EuroLuce, 2017, Fiera Rho Pero,, Milan, Italy, 2017) 

Maid chair, SaloneSatellite, 20 Years of New Creativity,  ( Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano, Italy, 2017)

Konstantn Beta by Nika Zupanc for Nika Zupanc, (Giro, Giro tondo. ( Triennale di Millano, Milano, Italy, 2017)

Doppia Firma  / DaVecchi : Silver Shot  by Nika Zupanc for Da Vecchi / Coffee set in silver,  (Galleria D’arte Moderna, Villa Reale, Via Palestro,  Milano, 2017)

88 secrets, a collection of furniture by Nika Zupanc for Scarlet Splendour,( Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Milano, 2017)

The Golden chair, new editions by Nika Zupanc for Moooi, (Moooi, Milano, 2018)

 

2016

 Collection III by Nika Zupanc for Sé, (Se, Fuori Salone 2014, Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy) / 2015

Take me to Miami By Nika zupanc for Ghidini1961, (Ghidini 1961, Fuori Salone 2016, Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Milan, Italy, 2016)

Dasy lamp, X chair and x table, Ribbon chair, & Cherry lamp by Nika Zupanc for Qeeboo, (Qeeboo, Fuori Salone 2016, Via Stendhal 35, Milan, Italy, 2016) 

Infinity clock and Remember me box by Nika Zupanc for Bosa, (Bosa,  Hall16, StandE32, Salone Internazionale Del Mobile,  Milano Fairgrounds, Rho)

Naked desk by Nika zupanc for Rossana Orlandi ( Galeria Rossana Orlandi, Via Matteo Bandello 14/16, Milan, Italy, 2016)





 

AWARDS

2018

German design award winner for Crystal Lamp for Contardi lightning

 

2017

Special salone del Mobile award for Tracing identity project for De Castelli ( Longing cabinet)

Nomination for EDIDA by Elle decor India for Best furniture for scarlet Splendour

Trend Award for best product designer, Slovenia

 

2015

Elle woman of the year, Slovenia

ICFF award for best furniture for Collection III for Se, ICFF, New York, USA

 

2014

Nomination for EDIDA by Elle decor Spain:

Bestdesigner 2014

best furniture 2014

 

 

SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY


2018

Sofas: 340 iconic designs (Thames and hudson)

2017

Architecture in Monochrome (Phaidon)

2014

Terrific design by Cristina Morozzi (24 ore Cultura)

2012

Let's Go Out (Gestalten)


2009

Once upon a Chair (Gestalten)


2008

Idea Searching (Ava Academia publishing)

Material Thoughts (Ava Academia publishing)

Desire, Shape of Things to Come (Gestalten)