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For Season 4 Underverk has invited the design collective OAZA from Croatia to exhibit their ‘Handed Down’ collection in Stockholm. Together we host a food workshop and discuss Croatian food and craft traditions.

The collection investigates different aspects of Croatian tradition within craft, as well as various possibilities of innovations in the given context. Series of projects and developed products related to ‘Handed Down’ concept are a result of a strategy which mainly uses historical, cultural and social resources throughout the developing phases, and acts as a reflection on forming new relations in specific local environment and its requirements. By strong virtue of conceptual and problem-based character, the project unfolds space for possible deliberation and positive promotion of Croatian design.

The selected collection of objects and concepts establishes a direct relation with existing artefacts strongly rooted in tradition, as well as it provides their new modernity by using new technologies, which helps to bring new values and functions of these objects. The design approach reflects itself by activating and preserving forgotten crafts and techniques, and through the exchange of knowledge between designers and artisans, consequently opening up a discourse for potential follow-up and collaborative scenarios, which Oaza is very keen on realising.

Opening Reception
February 3, 19:00—21:00
B13, Brännkyrkagatan 13c

An exhibition showcasing five unique products from OAZA’s ‘Handed Down’ concept. Come meet Nina Bačun and Maja Kolar from the collective and enjoy some Croatian treats.

Rogoz backpacks will be available to purchase, limited supply. Underverk’s graphic designer Ludwig Haslberger has designed an exclusive kitchen towel for the exhibition which will also be for sale.

Leading up to the exhibition Studio Daphne Zuilhof will lure in the curious visitors with intriguing light reflections. Zuilhof works with the subtle beauty of light reflections, evoking wonder and curiosity. In the outside space leading up to the exhibition lights are placed with an intriguing effect, created with the modest means of light and water.

Rogoz, 2013
Rogoz (backpack) was made as the Logožar (bag), from the past, used mostly for the purchase of food from the market. It is part of the material culture associated with the dying
tradition of wickerwork. Both are made on a loom from the bulrush plant treads. Elaboration and reinterpretation of logožar include updating of existing forms with the addition of new materials and functions (introducing backpack form), with the aim to target younger population.
Rogoz, model A (large) 900 SEK
Rogoz, model B (small) 800 SEK

Lightwear, 2012/13
Intriguing pageantry of women’s national costumes, as well as their fall into oblivion, have inspired a contemplation about the new contextualization that would bring them back to life
outside the museums. The bottom part of the costume from Bizovac (Croatia) embeds specific traditional handwork techniques, such as embroidery, needle lace and pleating. As a lampshade, it preserves the shape, typological layering and decorative details. In 2013 Lightwear was transferred from the realm of handmade to the industrial realm by using
the laser-cutting machine. New technology brings modern perspective to traditional handmade work, and enables a model for the preservation of certain motives from the

Perserving Summer, 2013
Preserving Summer is the study of old-fashioned food preservation methods (conservation of value and quality). Existing utilitarian objects, containers or tools are mostly improvised versions, and their usage only suggests lack of a better solution. The intention of designing products for canning that combine several functions (food processing, storage and serving her) tends to popularize these traditional methods. The
usage logic is being read from the design and selection and finishing of materials. The finished product promotes locally specific food combinations and their preparation together
with a recipe for its reconstruction.

Oil on 2013
Functional set highlights the value and quality of olive oil as an independent food and investigating influence of its serving in relation to its use. Container for olive oil consists of an applicator in the form of a ball for controlled dispensing and smearing oil on the bread on the principle of a roll on.

Rakija to go, 2013
Collective fascination with the national drink is a product of mystical effect of this liquid that practically cures and fixes everything. Glass modification of Rakija obtaining apparatus,
literally exposes chemical processes of fermentation and distillation, otherwise hidden within the context of the house and backyard. The project problematizes home alcohol production restriction regulated by EU laws, and forced upon this very important segment of the country’s tradition.

Photo by Domagoj Kunić and Mare Milin.


Guerilla Design and Art Week 2013

Josefin Vargö and Jonna Dagliden are both based in Stockholm, Josefin as a designer and Jonna as a journalist. Together they launched UNDERVERK’s Guerilla Design & Art Week during the official Design Week in Stockholm.

“We wanted to create an guerilla art and design week as a response to the official design week in Stockholm, by intiating a week full of interactive, collaborative and experience based projects while promoting the underground culture. By showcasing these types of projects and experiences we have highlighted the importance of creating new ways, spaces and places for people to meet and interact with the design and art field.”

These are the people we collaborated with:

Azusa Itagaki and Jacek Smolicki – Open hAir salon
Christopher Hunt – Hantverkare
Erik Olovsson – Erik’s design bus
Karin Dolk – A Sad Song
Linn Söderström – A secret dinner
Ludwig Haslberger – Translucent Mould of Me
Pony Sugar Gallery
Roger Barrud – Lunch i mitt vardagsrum
Röda Korset Hornsgatan
Serieteket, Kulturhuset
Tobias Gutmann – Face-o-Mat
Yukiko Krigh – Bisou Bisou
Yurie Hama & Påfåglarna – Kikusen
Östasiatiska Museet

In central Stockholm. For future events we have plans to move beyond the central borders.

Contact to get in touch with Josefin and Jonna.

Photography credit: Anna Nilsson, Daniel Rossi, Karin Dolk and Yukiko Krigh.