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 (Vienna)


The touring exhibition of contemporary Slovenian design will be displayed from the 21st of March to 28th of April 2013 in the museum’s quarter Vienna in Austria, organized together with the Slovene cultural-information center Skica. The speakers at the opening will be His Excellency Aleksander Geržina, the Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Vienna,  Richard Schenz, vice-president of the Austrian Economic Chambers, Christian Mayer, sales manager, Elan Austria, Matevž Čelik, director of the Museum of Architecture and Design, and Alexander Szadeczky, designforum Wien.

The Silent Revolutions comprises a selection of design that marks the first two decades of this young European country. The exhibition’s title Silent Revolutions portrays Slovenia as a country with exceptional design history, which has not (yet) established itself as an important design location in the wider European context. This “silence” was one of the reasons why we conceived this exhibition with a broad range of recent products in dialogue with five historical, iconic objects. Another aspect of the “revolution” from the title draws attention to the fact that several exhibits set new global standards with break-through innovations.

The exhibition does not focus only on the excellence of individual products, but also on their position in the broader context of contemporary Slovene design. This context changed considerably with the declaration of Slovenia’s independence in 1991 and with the sudden leap to a new free-market economy that followed. Therefore the exhibition does not only present products and designers, but also clients, producers and companies that paid an important, crucial role in the implementation of projects. It illuminates innovative approaches, new development trends, unusual visions, a new design mentality and good strategic navigation in the present, constantly changing economic conditions. The selection encompasses products of large industries with their own trademarks and objects that in small series are manufactured by designers themselves.

The exhibition presents vital differences that reflect the exceptionality and variety of the moment as the main common denominator of contemporary product design in Slovenia.


More about featured designers and companies >>

Featured designers: Igor Akrapovič, Asobi, Bevk Perović Architects, Lara Bohinc, Ivo Boscarol, Gigodesign, Gorenje Design Studio, Jernej and Japec Jakopin, Leonora Jakovljević, Kabinet 01, Toni Kancilja, Rok Kuhar and Katjuša Kranjc, Franc Kuzma, Studio Miklavc, Rok Oblak, Oloop, Tanja Pak, Marko Pavlinec, Janez Suhadolc, Arne Vehovar, Nika Zupanc
• Peter Florjančič, Niko Kralj, Saša J. Mächtig, Davorin Savnik, Marko Turk

Featured companies: Akrapovič, Alpina, Lara Bohinc, Elan, Glesia, Gorenje, Intra lighting, Imas, Kuzma, La Femme et la Maison by Nika Zupanc, Leonora Mark – ave femina, Pipistrel, Seaway Group, Stol & Stol, Trimo, Vertigo Bird, Zilio Aldo & C. sas
• Iskra, Imgrad, Stol Kamnik, Elektroacoustics Laboratory (EAL)


Designforum Wien, quartier 21/MQ, Museumsplatz 1/Hof 7, 1070 Wien, Austria


Thursday, 21 March, 6.30 pm

Working hours

Monday-Friday, 10.00-18.00,
Saturday and Sunday, 11.00-18.00


Museum of Architecture and Design, curator: Maja Vardjan
Designforum Wien
Skica, Slovenian Culture-Information Centre

Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Slovenia
Ministry of the Economy Republic of Slovenia
Public Agency of the Republic of Slovenia for Entrepreneurship
Government Communication Office