Niko Kralj is undoubtedly the founder and one of the central figures of Slovenian post-war industrial design. As an internationally recognized design expert in the second half of the 20th century belonged to the most important industrial designers in the world.
He was honoured because of his numerous artistic creations, which left a mark on the world of design globally. He is also credited with exceptional merits for the development of post-war Slovenian furniture due to his extraordinary research and innovative work. In 1966 he founded the Institute of Design. At home as well as abroad, he filed and registered 118 patents and models and wrote 39 research papers. He was an innovator and an inventor in many fields, mostly in the field of construction and production efficiency. He looked at industrial design and innovation as an indivisible whole.
His innovative solutions have given the world a few timeless pieces of furniture. A view in the list of his domestic and foreign awards testifies to the quality of his design creations. Products designed for large-scale production have been commercially very successful and produced in several hundred thousand pieces. Because of theirs timeless modernist forms Kralj's products belongs to the treasury of European modern classics.
In 1962 Niko Kralj received the highest Slovenian award for culture — the Prešeren Award — for his achievements in the field of architecture and design.
Architect Niko Kralj is a designer who deserves to be placed into each and every overview of European design achievements. However, those encyclopedias are mostly too short to encompass his contribution fully and objectively. This book eliminates this deficiency. The author, dr. Jasna Hrovatin, efficiently realizes the desideratum, a versatile presentation of the architect’s personality and work. An exceptionally plastic portrayal of a human being, who dedicates his efforts to a single but very demanding task, is laid in front of us. He makes every effort to design user-friendly items which can be linked into entirely recognizable ambiences.
In this book the Futura system and products from the Rex and Lupina lines are presented in detail. Moreover, it covers 18 chairs, 16 furniture systems and more than 10 other useful products, in addition to a selection of patents and research papers. Chair Rex, which is legitimately referred to as a symbol of successful industrial design and still serves as a model in industrial product design, is described in greater detail.
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An incredible man who made an immeasurable impact.
I speak on behalf of myself and the company I represent when I say that Niko Kralj was revolutionary inspiration and a true visionary. His technological conceptions have forever changed and enhanced our business and the way we interact with our clients and customers. We are forever grateful for his contribution to society, the world and humanity.
Samantha from Austin, Texas