Pair of prototype mod. 100 armchairs for Stol Kamnik
Produced only as prototype, never make it to production.
Bent wood, hand-woven synthetic straw, brass details.
Excellent original vintage conditions.
Dimensions (H x W x D):
75 x 51 x 66 cm / 29,5 x 20,1 x 26 in
- Jasna Hrovatin, "Niko Kralj", Mestna knjižnica Ljubljana 2010
- - B. Predan, Å . Subic "Niko Kralj. The Unknown Famous Designer", Mao Museum Architecture And Design, 2012
The seating and the backrest are made of hand-woven synthetic straw, that has never been replaced and that remains perfectly intact.
About Niko Kralj:
Born in 1920, is the most important Slovenian designer of the 20th Century. His father, a carpenter, dies when he is just 16, so he is forced to replace him in the workshop, developing a strong bond with wood, that will always remain his favorite material. During the WWII he participates in the liberation struggle and is imprisoned. At the end of the war he is an orphan; nonetheless he attends the university of architecture and graduates in 1952.
In the same year he is employed as a consultant in the furniture factory Stol Kamnik, modernizing its production, creating iconic models like Rex folding chair (now part of MoMa’s permanent collection).
In 1957 he attended the XI Triennale in Milan and the Selettiva in Cantù, then he travels to Stockholm where he works with Olof Pira and Ilmari Tapiovaara.
In 1963 he wins the Ford Foundation Fellowships and travels through the United States, meeting Charles & Ray Eames and Mies van der Rohe.
In 1966 he is appointed head of the first Yugoslavian Institute of Industrial Design. As UN expert on industrial development, he was traveling multiple times to Tel Aviv in the 1960s and to Sierra Leone in 1988.
In the course of his career he registers 118 patents and models, takes part in 94 exhibitions and publishes over 100 articles. He dies in Ljubljana in 2013. An important retrospective on his work takes place in 2011 at Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana. In 2018 his pieces are displayed at MoMa as part of the exhibition “Toward a Concrete Utopia - Architecture in Yugoslavia”.
In 2019 1+1 design gallery presents a small focus on his work during Milan Design Week, in its booth at Alcova, with the participation of the designer's daughter, Veronika Kralj, and in collaboration with the Museum of Architecture and Design of Ljubljana.