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The art of Konjic

The art of Konjic

Igman Chair by Harri Koskinen + Nera Stool by Monica Förster.

Zanat, recognised by UNESCO as cultural guardians of traditional woodworking techniques, have a new collection available exclusively through K5 Furniture in Fitzroy, Melbourne and Surry Hills showrooms. Here are our favourites.

Bosnia, a thriving hub of traditional craftsmanship, is home to the renowned family-owned furniture company Zanat. Their hand-carved, utterly unique products are available in Australia exclusively thanks to K5 Furniture.

From humble village beginnings to now competing on the world stage, Zanat achieves a seamless blend of age-old woodcarving technologies and contemporary design sensibilities. This has allowed them to cultivate their international reputation for preserving cultural heritage while championing sustainability.

UNESCO world heritage Hand carving Technique.

The Zanat craft family place great significance on upholding and preserving the generational hand-crafted furniture form Konjic. This intricate wood-crafting technique has long been recognised for the unique forms and exceptional quality that it produces, with pieces created by the ancestors of the Niksic family taking positions of pride in museums throughout Bosnia and former Yugoslavia.

Zanat’s preservation and perfection of the technique has been officially inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2017.

Orhan Niksic, Zanat’s CEO and founder, says that the technique “bestowed upon us – the bearers of this tradition – not only honour and privilege, but emphasised an obligation to contribute to the preservation of both material objects and intangible cultural heritage created through practice of this artistic handicraft. The knowledge of which was passed down from one generation of craftsman to the next.”

Furthermore, Zanat’s commitment to environmental sustainability, cultural preservation, and human craftsmanship is palpable in each thoughtfully composed work of furniture. Collaborating with talented designers and artisans, Zanat translates their vision into objects which elevate interior spaces while safeguarding cultural heritage for future generations.

Here are some of our top picks from Zanat:

Harry Koskinen’s Igman Chair and the Nera Stool by Monica Förster

The Igman dining chair gracefully unites solid wood craftsmanship with a choice of fabric or thick saddle leather upholstery, offering a minimalist and tactile modern design influenced by Bosnian and Finnish traditions.

Crafted entirely from solid wood, the Nera stools blend elegant simplicity with intricate hand-carved patterns, making each piece uniquely tactile, versatile for seating or as side tables, and highly sought-after in black-stained maple, ash, or oil-finished European walnut.

Monica Förster’s Unity Stool

Unity Stool by Monica Förster.

The Unity side table/stool by Monica Förster was born from the 2020 Lockdown Dialogues project, symbolizes the interconnectedness of humanity during the pandemic. It was crafted from four meticulously carved solid wood segments, offering timeless elegance in all of Zanat’s signature finishes.

Wingårdhs’ Café Tattoo Chair

Café Tattoo Chair by Wingårdhs.

The Café Tattoo chair, a youthful and stackable design by Gert Wingårdh & Sara Helder, offers minimalist charm with architectural lines, featuring a 2mm thick natural saddle leather backrest and various wood finishes for both public spaces and residential use.

Studioilse’s Touch Series

Touch Table, Bench & Sideboard by Studioilse.

Monica Förster’s Pointe Table

Pointe Table by Monica Förster.

The Pointe table, a true embodiment of ballet’s elegance and balance, finds its form in a versatile, solid wood object with sculptural beauty.

Jasna Mujkić’s Ombra Table and Ludovica/Roberto Palomba’s Dana-T lounge Chair

Ombra Table by Jasna Mujkić + Dana-T lounge Chair by Ludovica +Roberto Palomba.

The Ombra Table by Jasna Mujkić is crafted from solid walnut. A stunning example of geometric artistry, skillfully joining “Penrose Prototiles” to form an ever-shifting, non-repeating pattern reminiscent of abstract tree shade.

The Dama-T Lounge chair is a masterpiece of contemporary design, featuring delicately curved surfaces on the seat and backrest adorned with unique hand-carved patterns, crafted with specially developed carving tools to capture the allure of ancient cultural artifacts encountered during global explorations.

Explore the rest of K5 Furniture’s sustainable and stylish collection here, where Italian design meets Nordic craftsmanship, and discover their holistic range of furniture, lighting, and acoustic solutions.

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Juliet Taylor is one of the leading content writers for Indesign Media Asia Pacific where she publishes weekly research articles across multiple platforms. She graduated from the Australian National University in 2021, with a strong portfolio of academic writing as well as writing for entertainment. Her specialty is in media and philosophy, though she shares a passion for interior design with the Indesign Media conglomerate. Her work with Indesign Media covers a broad range of subjects including interior design trends, architectural advancements, materials and the evolution of modern construction, products and processes for a healthier home, and the proper care of flora. Juliet writes for both residential and commercial audiences and over the past year working with Indesign Media has produced research articles in the hundreds for architects and interior design enthusiasts alike.