Niko Kralj: The king of Yugoslav industrial design

Jedan od najpoznatijih svjetskih produkt dizajnera, dobitnik Prešernove nagrade čije se stolice nalaze u MOMA kolekciji u New Yorku porjeklom je iz bivše Jugoslavije, tačnije Slovenije. Zahvaljući Niki Kralju na ovim prostorima razvijala se nova struja u dizajnu, bila je jednako snažna kao i ona zapadno-evropska, a donosila je sa sobom i jednu novu kulturu življenja.

Niko Kralj, poznat kao ‘kralj stolica’ rođen je davne 1920. godine. Utemeljitelj je  Instituta za dizajn na Sveučilištu u Ljubljani, a svoj životni vijek posvetio je istraživanju procesa izrade i proizvodnje. 18 stolica, među kojima i najpoznatija REX stolica, Futura sistem, 10 različitih upotrebnih predmeta, ali i brojni drugi izumi učinili su ga poznatim širom svijeta.

Nikin najpoznatiji proizvod je Rex stolica, koja je ujedno bila i najpoznatiji proizvod jugoslavenskog industrijskog dizajna. Rex stolica je prva dizajnirana stolica za masovnu proizvodnju u Jugoslaviji, a po prvi put je proizvedena 1952. godine.

One of the world’s most famous product designers, Prešern Award winner, whose chairs are also in  New York’s  MOMA Collection is born in the former Yugoslavia, Slovenia. Thanks to Niko Kralj, in Ex YU countries,  new movement in the design has appeared, and it was just as powerful as those of West Europe. This movement brought a new life-style as well. 

Niko Kralj, known as the ‘King of chairs’ was born in 1920. He founded the Institute of Design at the University of Ljubljana, and his lifetime dedicated to the study of the development and production. 18 chairs, including the famous REX chair, Futura system, 10 different objects, but also many other inventions made him famous around the world.

Niko’s flagship product is Rex Chair, which was also the most famous product of the Yugoslav industrial design. Rex chair is the first chair designed for mass production in Yugoslavia, and for the first time produced in 1952.

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1960 Chair
1960 Chair
4455 Chair
4455 Chair
Mosquito Chair
Mosquito Chair

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Rex Chair

Rex Daybad
Rex Daybad
Rex Rocking Chair
Rex Rocking Chair
Rex Table
Rex Table

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Shell Chair

Stool CC
Stool CC
2011 Interior
2011 Interior

Photo: rex-kralj.com

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