Zanat was formally launched as a design brand only in 2015 and it has come a long way since. Zanat’s roots, however, are to be found much earlier in history. It started more than a century ago when Gano the great grandfather of Zanat’s founders, Orhan and Adem Niksic, stumbled upon what once was a primitive hand-carving technique that originated from a small village close to our hometown of Konjic, just south of Sarajevo on the Neretva River.
Gano learned the carving technique from some pioneer woodcarver-entrepreneurs who (thanks to visionary educational support of the Austro-Hungarian empire’s regime that ruled Bosnia at the time) perfected the village technique beyond recognition and teamed up with already established furniture producers in Sarajevo, such as Buttazoni-Venturini, who exhibited hand-carved furniture pieces at fairs and exhibitions in Milan, Paris (Millennium exhibition of 1900), Vienna.
Ludovica + Roberto Palomba
Ludovica + Roberto Palomba have been designing for over 25 years products and spaces that escape trends. Their approach is to search for essence in every project, closer to the concept of balance of oriental heritage rather than to the nordic style. The goal of their work is not only an aesthetic result but positive impact on well-being. As Ludovica and Roberto Palomba note:
“It would be easier for us to use decorations and figures of speech than to investigate politeness.”
Thanks to their foresight and unrelenting curiosity, their work has influenced many creative fields such as architecture and interior design, yacht design and product design. They collaborate and art direct some of the most renown international design brands and have received numerous international awards and recognitions such as Compasso D’Oro, Elle Decoration International Design Award, Red Dot, Design Plus, Good Design Award and German Design Award.