In a world of design which is dominated by rationalism, minimalism and technology, it is a pleasure and a necessity to find a scarce and lonely soul who puts forward her power and sensitivity to create pieces with a smart esthetic and feminine language. Let us hope she will lead a way for the long awaited emancipation of femininity in design. - Marcel Wanders (about Nika Zupanc).
Nika Zupanc graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2000. Her bachelor's thesis received the prestigious university Preseren Award for students for the highest achievement in industrial design in 2001. After graduating, she started working as an independent designer and today she is a regular member of various design projects throughout the world. In 2004 the British Council selected her as a talented young professional in the Rising Stars of New Europe project, and the next year she was selected as a national finalist in product design for the IYDEY (International Young Designer of the Year) award, organized by the British Council and 100% Design. Between 2005 and 2007 she showed off her range of works everywhere, from 100% Design and Designersblock in London, the Young Talent Show in Hong Kong, the Review Gallery at the Center for Architecture and Design, and the Lighthouse in Glasgow to Milan Satellite and gallery shows. In April 2008, the MOOOI furniture company presented a family of her Lolita lamps at the Salone Del Mobile in Milan. In June 2008, her Maid chair was exhibited as part of the exhibition Backstage: A Sideview on the MOROSO Design Collection at Gallery 113, curated by Patrizia Moroso. In April 2009, Zupanc presented a range of objects from her own collection at Superstudio Piu; her exhibition was titled I Will Buy Flowers Myself. The exhibition was seen as one of the biggest hits of Milan Design Week. In addition, MOROSO introduced her Tailored chair. In April 2010, she presented a new exhibition of her work at the Temporary Museum of New Design at Superstudio Piu. 5 O'Clock table and 5 O'clock chair, designed by Zupanc, were introduced as a part of the MOOOI collection.