Croatian Brand VAU Wins Prestigious German Design Awards
VAU, a recently launched Croatian brand about functional everyday objects made from metal, intended for gifting and personalising both business and home environments, has won the German Design Awards 2018. This highly regarded international design award is bestowed by the German Design Council. The international expert jury has awarded VAU for three products of their first collection. The award German Design Award – Winner 2018 has been given to the design of the Triangle bottle opener and the Curve letter opener, whilst the Circular candle holder received the German Design Award – Special Mention 2018. The Triangle bottle opener is designed in the form of an upright triangle symbolising stability and grounding, additionally emphasised by a massive base. The relationship between massive metal and empty space creates several triangles, merging both functionality and aesthetics. As a bottle opener, it is a useful tool, whilst based on its sculptural form, it also personalises its surrounding space. The design of the Curve letter opener represents the duality of nature. In a playful and harmonious way this product integrates two opposing elements – a smooth handle and a sharp blade. Its minimalistic form is based on exact geometry, as the square turns into a triangle at the very spot where these two shapes connect, the curve. The Circular candle holder is designed in the shape of concentric circles, symbolising movement as a universal principle of nature, from the centre towards infinity, and at the same time towards the centre. The flame is symbolically located at the very centre of the object, while there exists a dynamic composition of concentric circles around it. Smooth circles climb in sharp layers towards the source of light, a concept inspired by ziggurat architecture. The product is available in two different sizes, to be used with either a tea light or an upright candle. Inspired by universal symbols, the design of the VAU collection emphasises timeless values and enjoyment of everyday rituals. All products are made via a combination of traditional and modern manufacturing technologies, as each is refined by manual work from experienced craftsmen. VAU products are for people who seek to make their space more comfortable and deeply care about private and business relationships.
Croatian Bakery Chain Mlinar Opens Second Store in Australia
Croatia’s oldest and largest bakery chain has opened its second franchise outlet downunder in Australia. Mlinar, which has over 200 bakeries in Croatia, around Europe, and in the Middle East, opened its second store in the Australian state of New South Wales. After opening in Sydney at the Wetherill Park shopping centre last year, Mlinar has opened in the Sydney suburb of Liverpool. The bakeries are branded and set out exactly the same as they are in Croatia but are run by franchise partners. Mlinar has big expansion plans. Recently they opened in Munich, Germany and at the time said that they plan to open a further 150 bakeries in Germany in the next 5 years. Mlinar manages over 200 bakeries from their base in Zagreb and has rapidly expanded franchises internationally over the last two years, with bakeries opening in Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Ireland, Slovakia, Sweden, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Saudi Arabia.
Work Starts on Roxanich Super Winery & Hotel in Motovun
Work has started on a new hyper-modern winery and hotel in the Istrian hilltop town of Motovun. One of Croatia’s leading wine producers, Roxanich, are transforming their headquarters into a state-of-the-art winery, which will also feature a hotel, restaurant, multi-purpose hall, wellness, lounge bar, and nightclub. An interesting feature of the new winery complex, which is situated at the foot of Motovun hill and was presented on Wednesday, is that 70% of the content is underground. The space of the old cellar will be turned into a hotel complex with 28 rooms and 4 apartments on 3000 square metres of land. “The choice of the former Motovun communal basement as a specific venue for the construction of a new wine center aims to expand Roxanich activities to tourism, culture, and organization of various events related to their wine philosophy,” Roxanich says. The Roxanich winery and hotel complex project, which is designed by top architect Idis Turato, is expected to open in June 2018 and is worth close to 80 million kuna. “This is one of the biggest investments in the last 10-15 years in Istria. Motovun is missing quality hotel accommodation, and that is just as an important in inland Istria as it is in Rovinj on the coast,” Istria Tourist Board Director Denis Ivošević said. Project Roxanich Motovun is co-financed by the European Union via the European Structural and Investment Funds, Cohesion Fund and National aid program for wine sector 2014 – 2018.
Croatian Architects Win Prestigious American Architecture Prize
Croatian architects have picked up three awards at the American Architecture Prize. The prestigious American Architecture Prize honours designs in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture with the goal of advancing the appreciation of architecture worldwide. Three projects from Croatian architects were awarded. Tomislav Curkovic and Zoran Zidaric won the award in the Architectural Design category for their Wine Chateau in Slavonia. The winery was designed for a prominent local winemaker, to be built in Požega in the heart of Slavonia, the winemaking area in continental Croatia. Curkovic and Zidaric also picked up the award in the Residential Architecture category for their country estate project in Herzegovina. Located in a remote, poorly inhabited part of West Herzegovina canton, the site stretches over 35 000 square meters of wild landscape, bound by strong stone walls. The ensemble of houses in Bijaca is joyous in its self-evident character found only in the countryside. Branko Kincl, Velimir Neidhardt and Jure Radić won an award in the Architectural Design/Transportation category their work on the new passenger terminal at Franjo Tuđman International Airport in Zagreb. The new terminal complex opened in March 2017 as the 1st phase construction of 65.000 m2 serves up to 5 million passengers a year. At the end of 30 year concession 2nd phase additions will serve 8 million.
Melania Trump in legal row with English-language school
“Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English,” reads the advert for the Americki Institut, an English-language school in Croatia. And now Melania Trump – whose face was used alongside the slogan – has threatened to take them all the way to court. The US first lady’s lawyer said the campaign used her image without consent. She has asked for the billboards to be removed within 24 hours. The school’s Facebook page has been updated with a video of the song “I’m Sorry” by 1960s country star Brenda Lee. The new billboard appeared in Zagreb last week, and featured a painting of Ms Trump in a cream-coloured dress, standing in front of a microphone. The Institute’s founder Brett Campbell told Croatia’s Večernji list he wanted to remind people “how much knowledge is essential for international success”. “We are witnessing the great wave of emigration of Croatians who are looking for their fortunes in Anglo-Saxon countries, such as Ireland, Canada, Australia,” he said. “If you are well-versed in English, in these markets you can go very far. And we can help you.” This is not the first time Ms Trump has instructed lawyers to protect her image, BBC Balkans correspondent Guy De Launey reports. In Slovenia, a honey producer was told he could not put the name Melania on his labels. But that didn’t stop her hometown, Sevnica, from marketing a range of products branded “First Lady”. In theory at least, Ms Trump could be a well-chosen poster woman for language-learning. As well as English, the former model speaks Slovenian – her native tongue – French, Italian and German.