Jana Urbas
Black Cherry Lamp, design: Nika Zupanc for La femme at la maison Nika Zupanc, 2010, photo: Dragan Arrigler
Qbiss One with Artme, design: Trimo, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Gorenje Design Studio for Trimo, 2009, photo: Miran Kambič


Silent Revolutions / Contemporary Design in Slovenia (London)


The Museum of Architecture and Design presents the exhibition SILENT REVOLUTIONS, a selection of design that marks the first two decades of this young European country. Rather than showing a sweeping overall view the show focuses on outstanding individual cases. The selected design exhibits embody the passion and obsession of individual artists, the drive, innovative development and high-quality production, ranging from the filigree turn-tables by Franc Kuzma and the seductive Black Cherry Lamps by designer Nika Zupanc to Seaway’s Greenline 33 Hybrid, the world’s first large hybrid boat, and Trimo’s Qbiss One with ArtMe modular façade systems. The exhibition also presents certain key productions from the country’s largest actors in the industry, including Elan's revolutionary series of WaveFlex skis designed in cooperation with Gigodesign studio, Alpina's Racing Elite cross-country ski boots developed in cooperation with Jure Miklavc studio, and Gorenje's Simplicity home appliance line by Gorenje Design Studio. The exhibition that illustrates important or even turning-point moments in the history of Slovene design, albeit in terms of a new design mentality or new development trends, is accompanied with an extensive publication that does not focus only on the products and individual designers and studios, but also on clients and producers who played an important role in the implementation of these projects. This exhibition that brings together more than 25 selected works is the first extensive international presentation of Slovene product design of the last two decades. By intertwining economy and culture, together with concerted cooperation with government institutions active in the field of creative industries, the project is aimed at representing the best of Slovene production and companies and in so doing, making Slovenia more widely recognised through industrial design.

Silent Revolutions exhibition has been selected for inclusion in the Icon Design Trail, the only independent guide to the London Design Festival. This essential guide highlights only the most interesting, new and must see events and shows at the festival.

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Exhaust systems, design: Igor Akrapovič, Akrapovič / Alpina Racing Cross-country ski boots, design: Jure Miklavc, Jan Jagodič, Robert Križnar; Alpina / Bags and Jewellery, design: Lara Bohinc, Lara Bohinc / WaveFlex skis, design: Gigodesign and Elan Research Department, Elan / Flow water set, design: Tanja Pak, Glesia / Simplicity household appliances, design: Gorenje Design Studio, Gorenje / Gwig lighting fixture, design: Asobi, Intra lighting / Wall-mounted coatrack, design: Toni Kancilja / Stabi S Turntable, design: Franc Kuzma, Kuzma / Black Cherry Lamp, design: Nika Zupanc, La Femme et la Maison by Nika Zupanc / Criatura, design: Leonora Jakovljević, Leonora Mark - ave femina / Holey Roket Stove, design: Rok Oblak, co-author Larry Winiarski / Squareplay play space, design: Oloop / Sitty foldable seat, design: Gigodesign / Taurus Electro G2 glider, design: Ivo Boscarol and team, Pipistrel / Greenline 33 Hybrid Powerboat, design: Jernej and Japec Jakopin, Seaway / Fin, Dea and Luna Chairs, design: Rok Kuhar and Katjuša Kranjc, Stol & Stol / Lajt chair, design: Janez Suhadolc / Efekt shovel, design: Rinz, Pavlinec in Pavlinec, Tehnos / Qbiss by Trimo and Artme, design: Trimo, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Gorenje Design Studio, Trimo / Slim lamp, design: Bevk Perović arhitekti, Vertigo Bird / Siti armchair, design: Arne Vehovar, Zilio Aldo & C. sas

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Tent London @ Dray Walk Gallery, Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, E1 6QL London, UK


Friday, 23 September 2011, at 6 p.m. (by invitation only). The exhibition will be formally opened by His Excellency Mr Iztok Jarc, Ambassador of Slovenia in London.

Working hours

10am-8pm, Thurs-Sat
11am-6pm, Sun

Entry fee



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Museum of Architecture and Design
Curator: Maja Vardjan


Ministry of Culture Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of the Economy Republic of Slovenia
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