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Sep 30, 2013

This week – Reserved for Ambient

The 24th Ambient Ljubljana – furniture fair opens on the 1st October and lasts until Sunday. This year, it hosts 209 exhibitors from 21 countries. Compare tastes as well as styles and prices, of course. Get inspired by Italian design, which is presented as part of Italian festival 2013. And have a look at other exhibitions, especially at bold and fresh Top Ideas by young designers and architects, or Top Ten, the exhibition of ten best achievements on this year’s Ambient Ljubljana. They will be announced on the first day of the fair at the official opening which will begin with the speech by Mr Janko Veber, President of Slovenian national assembly, the honorary sponsor will be Italian ambassador, H. E. Rossella Franchini Sherifis, followed by Mr Iztok Bricl, M.Sc., director of GR-Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention centre.

Design aficionados are invited to join the round table discussion Experience Italian design in Urška Hall at 5 PM. The guest will be Mr Simone Micheli, a renowned architect and designer from Tuscany.
 
 
Oct 25, 2012

Architectural Dialogue 2012

Architectural Dialogue is entering its fifth year with 453 projects finalized so far. In the 2012 edition, 123 questions were sent in and 92 selected with priority set on redecoration or refurbishment of the living spaces shared between two or even three generations. As in the past, the best projects will be selected by the jury and awarded by GR.

Architectural Dialogue stands for free-of-charge personal counselling based on questions set in advance in cooperation between the GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, 'Delo in dom' section of Delo and Slovenske novice newspapers and the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. Readers send in questions relating to interior spatial arrangement and equipment in residential spaces.

The students of architecture with their mentors prepared answers for the selected readers and will be presenting them at the Fair. Their solutions will also be published in the 'Delo in dom' newspaper section.
 
 
Oct 23, 2012

Giving furniture a new spin!

At this year's Ambient Ljubljana - Furniture Fair will open its door on Tuesday, 6th November. It spreads on 22,500 square meters of exhibition space available, 240 companies from 24 countries present themselves. The fair is an exhibition of furniture and interior design, the largest of this kind from Milano to Vienna. In order to highlight the best, awards are presented to the best: the Top Ten and the winner. You are invited to visit the exhibition in the Kocka Hall (A2).

This year’s Fair has its special honorary patron, the Embassy of Finland. With Helsinki being the World Design Capital in 2012, Finnish design is presented in Ljubljana, too.
The Fair is open: daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, on Sunday 11 November the Fair closes at 6:00 pm. Regular ticket costs EUR 8.50. Visitors receive a Fair Catalogue and may enter a prize draw for attractive prizes contributed by the exhibitors.
 
 
Nov 14, 2011

22nd Ambient Ljubljana – Furniture Fair successfully completed

The Fair, which was officially opened on Tuesday, 8 November, by President of the National Council of Republic of Slovenia Blaž Kavčič, MSc, closed its doors on Sunday, 13 November. Over the 6 days, the Fair showcased 297 companies from 19 countries on 25,300 m2 of exhibition surfaces. As in previous years, the Top Ten prizes were presented for best creative achievements in the field of design. This year, the highest prize among the 10 was awarded to Toni Kancilja for the solid wood cabinet manufactured by Mitja Bolčič, Mizarstvo Bolčič. Three equal prizes for the Best Exhibition Space were presented to: company Kolpa, d.d., Metlika, project Alpe-Adria Holz/Les – Collignum, and company Pobles. The Golden Plaque of the Naš dom magazine (the Večer publishing house) and the prize awarded by the Designers Society of Slovenia were also presented. The furniture exhibition was accompanied by the supporting programme, which included expert conferences, round tables and exhibitions. The Fair was attended by 35,500 visitors.

The recipient of the highest prize awarded by GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre was selected by special international jury presided over by Prof. Janez Koželj. The cabinet Istra, made of solid wood, was chosen since »it proves that wood represents an immense source of inspiration to the designer. Although wood may be used in various combinations and forms, let them be organic or geometric, its natural properties are always expressed. The designer of the awarded product used wood in a manner to preserve its characteristics of a living, organic part of nature, together with its record of life, and thus creating direct and consistently achieved useful form, without unnecessary additions or ornaments.« Upon receiving 2 prizes, the Top 10 and the Top of the Top prize, designer Toni Kancilja stated: »The prizes embody the strongest bond between the master, who creates the object, and the designer, who envisions it. This bond is necessary; without it, there is no success. The award is thus the confirmation that this bond is very strong.« Mitja Bolčič, Mizarstvo Bolčič: »These prizes are even more significant since we received them for prototypes, which were produced at the last minute, spontaneously, while controlling the construction of unpredictable, but because of long years of experience, on the basis of predictable characteristics of wood.«

In addition to receiving the prize for the Best Exhibition Space awarded by GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre, the Alpe-Adria Holz/Les - Collignum project also won the prize of the Designers Society of Slovenia. Upon this occasion, designer Andrej Mercina, from the company Trije arhitekti, said: »The two prizes have special meaning particularly in the context of the background, the story itself, which goes beyond the Collignum trademark products and the exhibition space itself. Through the Alpe-Adria Holz/Les project, at the persistence of the project manager Mrs. Marina Einspieler (Slovenian Chamber of Commerce and Industry from Klagenfurt) and co-workers, and on the basis of ideals of interregional, intergenerational and interdisciplinary cooperation alongside all possible problems, which occur in such multi-member group, we are successful in uniting new design energy with awakened traditional joiners’ knowledge and contemporary technology. The design of furniture elements consciously reaches for the widest range of design themes and aims for the widest target public since we would like to transpose the described high standards of the Collignum brand to the general public. The exhibition space was thus seemingly easy to design; we only had to faithfully follow the cleverly conceived connecting thread of local specifics, ecological sensitivity and commitment to wood. The prizes are the best possible epilogue of this first phase of the Collignum project, a project with a message.«

Another company also received 2 prizes at the 22nd Ambient Ljubljana Furniture Fair; the Top 10 prize and the Golden Plaque of the Naš dom magazine for 2011 were awarded to the company Brest pohištvo d.o.o. for the multifunctional programme ALTERA, designed by Matej Velušček. »The prizes again confirm the correct direction of development of multifunctional furniture of the company Brest pohištvo d.o.o., which began years ago with the Modulo prototype programme. The prizes provide the development team of the company Brest with additional motivation and impetus«, told Velušček and added, »before joining Brest as a designer in February 2011, I was employed in one of the architectural offices in Ljubljana. This switch to industrial design succeeded me very well. The prizes of the Ambient Ljubljana – Furniture Fair provide me, as a beginner, with assurance and additional motivation for the future. It is a good start.«

Congratulations to all prize recipients! More about the prizes and the accompanying programme available at http://www.pohistveni-sejem.si/za-obiskovalce/obsejemski-program-in-nagrade-za-razstavljavce/

The next Ambient Ljubljana – Furniture Fair will take place at GR – Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre between 5 and 11 November 2012.
 
 
Nov 10, 2011

Ambient Ljubljana – Furniture Fair

With this morning’s awards ceremony, the doors of the 22nd Furniture Fair Ambient Ljubljana officially opened. As in previous years, Top Ten prizes and other awards for best creative achievements in the field of design were presented. This year, the top prize among the 10 was awarded to the Istra cabinet made of solid wood, designed by Toni Kancilja and manufactured by Mitja Bolčič, Mizarstvo Bolčič.

Blaž Kavčič, MSc, President of the National Council of Republic of Slovenia, officially opened this year’s largest international exhibition of furniture and interior design in Slovenia, which presents 297 companies from 19 countries on 25,300 m2 of exhibition surfaces. He described furniture as goods, which accompany us throughout our lives and even influence our personal development and impact our health. »The Furniture Fair is the best opportunity for wishes, ideas, knowledge and development, boldness, creativity and innovation of individuals and companies from various professional environments to meet under one roof. The sector in which Slovenia lacks behind is insufficient control of the comprehensive business process – from design of a product to its marketing positioning, trademark, marketing, manufacture, supply and financing. Particularly in relation to wood products, including furniture, the issue is very pressing and clearly present.« Recent analyses show that the forestry activity of the last 10 years does not contribute to a single percent of the GDP. Additionally, Mr. Kavčič emphasised that we even lost 30,000 jobs in the wood processing industry sector. »It is crucial for our economy to process wood at home to the highest possible added value and to sell it abroad as a high-quality end product.«

In evaluating the quality of design of the exhibited furniture, the international Top 10 jury (Doris Köfer, Austria, Marco Marangone, Italy, Marijan Orešić, Croatia, Vladimir Pezdirc, Slovenia, Jure Miklavc, Slovenia) presided over by Prof. Janez Koželj, Deputy Mayor of the City Municipality of Ljubljana, was guided by the following criteria: simplicity, user friendly and environmentally friendly solutions, incorporation of social, environmental and functional issues in the design of products, technological and aesthetic novelties, and new possibilities the products can offer. »The selected items improve a whole set of functional issues of our daily life and are distinguished by their care for the highest level of perfection and precision in execution. The most prestigious award was presented for the product, which conveys with the greatest conviction the clear and unambiguous message indicating the direction of furniture development and its future«, explained Prof. Koželj.

»The best designed and manufactured product Istra, a solid wood cabinet, proves that wood represents an immense source of inspiration to the designer. Although wood may be used in various combinations and forms, let them be organic or geometric, its natural properties are always expressed. The designer of the awarded product used wood in a manner to preserve its characteristics of a living, organic part of nature, together with its record of life, and thus creating direct and consistently achieved useful form, without unnecessary additions or ornaments«, stated the Top 10 Jury in its explanation.

The Top 10 prizes of the 22nd Ambient Ljubljana – Furniture Fair were presented to:

· Donar d.o.o., chair Sayl, designed by Yves Behar
· Mizarstvo Bolčič, Mitja Bolčič s.p., cabinet Istra, designed by Toni Kancilja
· Mizarstvo Bolčič, Mitja Bolčič s.p., table Privid, designed by Toni Kancilja
· Pohištvo Potočnik, Aleš Potočnik s.p., kitchen Domino, designed by Julijan Krapež
· SVEA lesna industrija, d.d., kitchen programme Morea, designed by Darko Šurin
· Maremico d.o.o., water mattress Aquaspring, designed by Emil and Valentin Marinšek
· Kolpa d.d., Metlika, product Flat Form, designed by Dejan Kos
· TEM Čatež d.o.o., series of switches Pure, designed by Borut Dvornik
· Tapetništvo Novak, Robert Novak s.p., rocking horse Googy, designed by Nina Mihovec
· Brest pohištvo d.o.o., multifunctional programme Altera, designed by Matej Velušček

The multifunctional programme Altera by the company Brest pohištvo d.o.o., designed by Matej Velušček, also received the Golden Plaque of the Naš dom magazine for the furniture of a Slovenian manufacturer, with whose products it is possible to most functionally furnish a dwelling either partially or entirely:

»The multifunctional programme Altera offers particularly thoughtfully designed elements, which may be used to furnish a small apartment. At the first glance a simply designed living room can be transformed into a home office, bedroom or dining room with a minimum intervention; the furniture is modular, elements are multifunctional and compatible. Brest has developed its own lifting mechanisms for raising the table and lowering the bed that function elegantly and smoothly, without any additional force. The programme embodies the essence of the Naš dom Golden Plaque«, stated the members of the jury of the Naš dom magazine from Večer publishing house in their explanation..

At the opening ceremony, the prize for the most innovative architectural solution for a residence for a young family as part of the Architectural dialogue project was presented to an architecture student Manja Bergant. Architectural dialogue takes place for the 4th year and runs in cooperation with the Faculty of Architecture of University of Ljubljana, the Deloindom magazine (a supplement of newspapers Delo and Slovenske novice), and GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre.

At tonight's reception for exhibitors, the prizes for the Best Exhibition Space and the prize of the Designers Society of Slovenia will also be presented.

The Fair is not only an exhibition offering visitors an overview of achievements and latest trends in the furniture industry, but has also a rich accompanying programme, which is the result of a cooperation with various experts: Top Ideas – Design Trade Show, Exhibitions of students of various higher education departments from the field of landscape design or planning, Exhibition of the Designers Society of Slovenia.

We would particularly like to point out tomorrow's conference with a round table on the vision of restructuring of the wood processing sector, entitled Slovenian wood processing industry – a look into the future, organised by the Furniture and Wood Processing Association at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

On Thursday, 10 November, at 10:00 am, Urška hall will host an event entitled Connecting design and industry – cooperation between designers and the industry for better business results and increased competitiveness of Slovenian economy, organised by Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban region.

The Fair is open daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm, on Sunday, 13 November, the Fair closes at 6:00 pm. Regular ticket costs EUR 7, concessions EUR 5, children up to 7 years of age and the disabled with a person assisting a wheelchair user – free of charge. Each visitor receives a Fair Catalogue and a prize draw coupon for participation in a prize draw for attractive prizes contributed by the exhibitors.
 
 
Oct 26, 2011

Connecting Design and Industry

Today,  'added value' is one of the most frequently used terms in various fields of activity and social environments. In European documents and in developed countries, design is recognised as a profession which may substantially add value to an economy. In Slovenia, too, we should have more connections which would contribute to enhancing the competitiveness of products and the faster development of Slovenian companies. One of the objectives of the EU's Creative Cities project, carried out by Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban region and Institute for Economic Research, is to establish connections between companies and designers, and then create a social network and a business chain operating within the framework of the Creative Industries Centre.  
 
The keynote lecturers will be distinguished guests from the field of design, Jure Miklavc from Slovenia and Ilkka Suppanen from Finland, who will share their experience of collaboration with manufacturing entreprises.  At the round table following the lectures, they will be joined by renowned Slovene experts Miloš Ebner (Trimo), Jernej Repovž (SMJWT), Saša J. Maechtig (ALUO), Jure Miklavc (Studio Miklavc) and Andreja Jenko (Office of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Affairs). Free entrance.
 
The event will take place on Thursday, 10 November 2011, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m, in the Urška Hall.
 
 
Oct 25, 2011

Spinning new ambients

Are you interested in design, furniture and other items of interior design as the functional and aesthetic elements of living spaces? Welcome to the Ambient Fair, the largest fair event dedicated to furniture industry in Slovenia. This year, 297 companies from 19 countries present themselves on 25,300 m2 of exhibition surfaces in all available halls, including the Apel hall complex (as we have named the Slovenijales building), and on the external exhibition surfaces.
 
 
Sep 12, 2011

Top ideas invite you to face your creative challenges

Are you bursting with ideas from the summer months? Excellent! Early application for TOP IDEAS 2011, i.e. the Design Trade Show, which was introduced last year at the Ambient Fair and which showcased over 40 young designers, will provide you with the opportunity to present your conceptual ideas in international competition.

Let us remind you that projects from the field of culture of living, such as furniture, lights, hangers, small tabletop items, etc., may include any and all levels of the design process (conceptual design, idea projects, models, prototypes, etc.) preceding industrial production. The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia will award three TOP solutions. We invite you to submit your application (see www.topideje.si) at the latest by Wednesday, 28th September of this year. We wish you all success with your designs!

Detailed information on: www.topideje.com
 
 
Jul 11, 2011

Top 10

Top 10 are prizes, which are presented, already traditionally, at the Ambient Fair by a special international jury. The most innovative and creative products, which combine functionality and technological or artistic quality in a new, contemporary product, will this year again be evaluated by a jury of 5 international members; at present talks on participation are under way with designers and architects from Croatia, Italy, Slovak Republic and, of course, Slovenia. The selected products and the winner among those, the Top of The Top, the most prestigious prize of the Furniture Fair, can be seen at the Fair as part of a special exhibition.
 
 
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