Factory Visit: Zanat, Traditional Woodcarving in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Touring the Konjic factory where tradition and contemporary design merge

Bosnia and Herzegovina may not be known as a center of the design world, but there’s a dynamic company there bridging the gap between traditional craft and contemporary design. Earlier this year, we traveled to Konjic—a small village not far from Sarajevo—following an invitation from Zanat, a woodcarving company founded in 2015 by Adem and Orhan Niksic. But the family’s experience with woodcarving goes much …

Handmade Kobeiagi Kilims

Preserving a traditional craft, while bringing its design to the present day

Kilims are traditional hand-woven wool rugs from the Balkans and were once a ubiquitous feature in the homes of former Yugoslavia. But like so many other traditional items, kilims have somewhat fallen out of favor with younger generations. Designer and illustrator Nina Mršnik and architect Ivana Blaž (who met while they were at university in Italy) have made it their mission to bring back the …