ROMANIA /
TIME FOR CHANGE

CURATED BY MARIA NENECIU & JIMMY MACDONALD

We are witnessing an interesting time in history, that will irreversibly CHANGE the way we relate to objects and spaces; the way we design buildings or imagine flows and interactions; and even the way we think about society as a whole. Therefore, in the future, design and architecture will have to meet other challenges and the role of creativity and innovation will probably increase, as we will need to find better ways to transform challenges into opportunities, resilience into antifragility, as well as to discover and design new, more inclusive, and more environment friendly production processes or products. 

The Romanian Collection showcases a series of conceptual design projects signed by emergent young designers whose practices focus on processes and celebrate experiment as an essential part of the creative process. It also acknowledges adaptation as an essential ingredient. The collection investigates the stages and drivers of CHANGE and how design can contribute to a better future, by deconstructing the creative process.

Despite the fact that they come from a design scene where, up until 30 years ago, works were not individually credited and creative contribution was recognized very little, the new generation of Romanian designers masterfully manage to prove the importance of tradition, crafts, collaboration, and creativity, driven, this time, by common beliefs and values. In a better future.

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RADU ABRAHAM /
LIGHT COMPOSITION

This work comes as a result of an exploration of form prior to function, being an object that continues a series done before. With a stronger focus on form, the function becomes suggested by it, this way the life of the object extending beyond the one lived only through the reached function and opening the possibility of multiple-use, while creating through this a dialog and a dynamic between itself and it’s user. The work is generically called “Composition” exactly for leaving opened the possibility of functions that it might reach.

It is a unique piece, made out of acacia wood in contrast with plastic, glass, metal, and light.

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UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)35x25x160
Weight (kg)30
MaterialGlassMetalNeon LightingPlasticWood

UAU /
THE JETSONS

“The Jetsons” lamp is inspired by the American animated sitcom featuring the Jetson family living in a utopian future. The object is a sculptural gesture presented in a product context, a conceptual statement in which a functional object can communicate an abstract idea presented in bold colors and simple shapes.

€ 1200 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 3

Full dimensions (cm)30x20x35
Weight (kg)2
Materialglazed ceramicNeon LightingStoneware

AGNES LUCAKS /
“HEMPIRIC” LAMP

“HEMPIRIC” is a contemporary answer to the need for efficient interior lighting. The familiar industrial aesthetic hides an innovative solution: the use of hempcrete, a biocomposite which was itself born in the context of an increasingly pressing need for change in the way we approach resources. Made of the inner woody core of hemp – a plant with exceptional technical qualities – mixed with a lime-based binder, the hempcrete is a robust and versatile material. A sustainable solution with a negative carbon footprint, adapted to the present times. “HEMPIRIC” is an eco-friendly visual manifesto expressed in two versions, a suspended lamp with metallic details and textile hemp fibers, and a desk lamp inspired by the old oil lamp, with metal and glass elements.

The intelligent use of natural resources has become the main concern in industrial design over the past years, and for a good reason. The project offers an innovative, aesthetic, and practical interior lighting solution, while also respecting the environment in the context of rising concern towards the exploit of our limited planet’s resources. Hempcrete is an environmentally sustainable material increasingly used in constructions and interior design for its robust quality and extremely low impact on the environment.

€ 500 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)12x12x45
Weight (kg)2
MaterialhempcretePowdercoated steel

CO/RIZOM /
ZESTREA COLLECTION

Traditional Romanian folkloristic chairs have personalities. Individually tailored to the recipient’s needs – they not only radiate character & humor – but also transport this rich, distinct local heritage through centuries & cultures.

Made by Vasilica Isacescu for Zestrea & co/rizom, beius, RO 2020.

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UNIQUE PIECES

Full dimensions (cm)28x40x71
Weight (kg)5
MaterialOak wood

Read the exclusive interview in Adorno Editorial

“The collection is … a small window into the contemporary Romanian design scene, which during this period tries to reinvent itself and to adapt to the new realities, by innovating and changing their practices.”

– Maria Nerieciu & Jimmy MacDonald, co-curators of the Romanian collection, “Time for Change”.

STEFAN PAVALUTA /
“WEAVE” CABINET

“Weave” Cabinet is a continuation of the project “Weave” Screen, carried out in collaboration with DeltaCraft. The combination of traditional techniques with a contemporary processing of natural materials also receives an interactive dimension. Apart from the visual, opaque role, the mat panels are used on the object in the same way as they are handled normally..

On the visible faces of a high storage module, they take on the role of doors and are fixed only at the top. They are left in position, only gravitational, fixed with a small clamp at the bottom. To “reveal” the interior, the user opens the clip and rolls the mat screen to the appropriate shelf.

€ 950 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)48x50x150
Weight (kg)8
MaterialCedar Wood

DARE TO RUG /
“SHADE IX” RUG

The rug model is derived from part of an acrylic drawing from Ana Popescu’s “Shade” series, which explores the connection between light and space. The works stemmed from the interest in how light and shade can transform different scenes into something new. The relation between light and object – which is not constant – is fascinating for Ana, who visually recreates depth using colours, light and shade, and plays with the contrast they make in relation to each other.

To better translate the shades in the rug design, the model is crafted with bamboo silk insertions that create depth and movement.

Manufacturing technique: hand-tufted
Fiber content: New Zealand Wool & bamboo silk
Rug made to order: 10-12 weeks lead time
Available in custom sizes.

€ 2650 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)240x170x2
Weight (kg)20
Material80% New Zealand wool, 20% bamboo silk

STARDUST ARCHITECTURE /
THE DRAWERS

The bench was initially imagined for an interior design project, part of a series of joyful objects. It explores a playful process around a furniture detail-the precious container of the drawer- a usually hidden part that is emphasised through repositions, colours and patterns.

“The Drawers” was designed by Stardust Architects* and produced by Atelier Vast.

€ 2520 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)80x40x57
Weight (kg)20
MaterialBrassMetalplywood

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11-20 September 2020

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