Boca do Lobo Blog is a source of curated design news for the most decerning of tastes, and always brings forth the best of contemporary and luxury design. Today is no different because our team chose to highlight the amazing furniture designs of Lara Bohinc, a product and furniture designer that from a young age has shown talent well beyond her years.
Her works are effortlessly embedded with touches of feminity without compromising the design details provided by the careful techniques used by the master artisans she works with. Discover more about the extraordinary Lara Bohinc and her elegant and contemporary furniture designs.
The Slovenian-born, London-based designer, who founded Bohinc Studio in 2016, is known for brass and steel furniture and lighting pieces that combine taut, slender lines with feminine curves. While Lara Bohinc also designs glass and ceramic objects and has created a collection of rugs, wall hangings and pillows, metal has been the dominant material in her jewellery and, since 2014, furniture designs.
Lara Bohinc’s interest in metal began in her student days. She studied industrial design at the University of Ljubljana’s Academy of Fine Arts and Design before moving to London to attend the Royal College of Art. There, she studied metalwork and jewellery, learning how to craft “big and small pieces, in everything from gold to steel,” and received a master’s degree in 1996.
Before graduating, she designed experimental headdresses for a friend which appeared in British Vogue. Bohinc, who won the British Fashion Council’s New Generation Award in 1997, started designing jewellery and accessories under her own label. She also worked as a design consultant for Gucci, Montblanc and, for more than a decade, Cartier — and in 2012 was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire for her service to the fashion industry.
Lara Bohinc’s first furniture design — created for the 2014 edition of the annual Wallpaper* Handmade exhibition, which takes place during Salone del Mobile — was the articulated Solaris Kinetic table. The piece consists of four circular brass-framed marble plates that pivot around a spindle, allowing them to either “orbit” one another or stack in a solid cylinder. Its celestial theme, reflecting an ongoing interest of Bohinc’s, is carried on in her Orbit chairs and tables and Apollo and Saturn seating, whose slender steel frames — forming Art Deco–like tall, narrow arches in the case of the Apollo chairs — contrast with their plump cylindrical or spherical cushions, as well as with the hand-blown glass orbs of her lighting fixtures. Lara Bohinc, who prefers to collaborate with small, artisan-driven workshops on her projects, has the metalwork for these and her other furniture designs done in Portugal and Italy.
In contrast to these designs’ ordered geometry, Bohinc’s Fortress collection of ceramics features strong, dynamic shapes composed of interlocking hexagonal components. Embodying still another aesthetic, her Venturi vases have metal bases that cradle Murano glass vessels with sensually soft contours. For their part, the two boxes of the Urushi collection are formed of intersecting geometric solids and made in Japan using the centuries-old urushi lacquer technique.
This past fall, for the 2019 London Design Festival, Bohinc designed a pop-up exhibition of her work in a 200-year-old townhouse. She called it Lunar House and painted the rooms an outer-space blue in honour of the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The title also has another, more personal, meaning: It is the name of the government building that contains the U.K. Visas and Immigration offices, where the then-newly arrived Lara Bohinc had to apply for permission to stay and study in the country.
In June, Bohinc plans to show new furniture designs during Milan Design Week. She is also eager to move into interior design, starting with her own home base: a five-story Victorian in London’s Camden Town that she is renovating to house her design studio on the ground floor and, above that, two floors of showroom space and two floors of living space for Bohinc; her husband, Benedict Cooper, and their daughter.
We for one, can’t wait to see what Lara Bohinc brings to the table next!
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