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Bonbons and Noodles by Ana Kras

by designspace | 29.10.13

Bonbon lamp

For a little while now, we have been following a talented artist from Belgrade, Serbia, Ana Kras, and we were more than happy when she agreed to join our blog and answer our questions. From furniture maker to decorator, illustrator to bookmaker, and videographer to photographer, Ana is definitely an artist in all ways.
From childhood Ana was, already, surrounded with all kinds of art and media from her parents, and she even created two magazines at the age of eight. She suffered the pains of war during her childhood, and after graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade she moved to the United States.

Ana first arrived to Los Angeles where she was photographing folk singer, Devendra Banhart, for a European Magazine. Within five minutes the pair fell in love with each other, and soon after moved to Manhattan. Ana and Devendra currently live in the Lower East side of New York where she also works from her studio.

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Can you tell us a little about yourself? Where are you from? How old are you?

I am from Belgrade, Serbia. I was born there in 1984, grew up there, and moved to USA about 3 years ago.

What and where did you study?

I studied Interior Architecture and Furniture Design at the University of Applied Arts in Belgrade.

What do you like the most about where you are from?

I love people from Belgrade, my friends and my family, and speaking in my language. I adore Cyrillic alphabet. I love the pace of Belgrade; it’s mellow but not boring, I like that it’s original with certain underdeveloped areas. And of course I also love the food.

When did you arrive to New York and why?

I arrived a year and a half ago from Los Angeles. I moved to Manhattan because I wanted to feel the life of a real city, unlike Los Angeles – in which I never felt the city life.

Can you tell us a little about your design?

I don’t know what to say about my design. I try to make things that are simple and practical, like to use very standard materials in old fashion ways and play with little details.

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Production/materials/ and where do you work?

I work in my studio in Manhattan. I mostly use wood, metal, and textiles and some things I make with my bare hands while others I have built for me by carpenters.

Where can we see your design?

On my website, in my studio, and in a few public places that feature my work, such as Nanashi Restaurant in Paris.

Do you have a gallery?

No, I am not represented by a gallery.

What do you like the most about your work?

I like that I get to do what I enjoy doing the most.

You collaborate with many people…can you tell us with who, where, and how do you meet them?

I usually collaborate with my friends, or people who ask me to collaborate, and then we become friends. At the moment, I am collaborating with Pablo Limon and I have previously collaborated Confetti System, Super Sunglasses, Petar Savic, Devendra Banhart, and Marija Strajnic.

Where do you seek inspiration in your everyday life?

Absolutely everything is an inspiration. A nice word, an ugly word, a shape, anything that brings out emotion in me, brings me inspiration.

You are an artist with Serbian origins working and living in New York, what was your greatest challenge when you first came to New York and how did this influence your work?

I don’t think NYC has influenced me at all. Belgrade and NYC have a lot in common, both big, rough loud cities, both consisting of a similar mix of beauty and ugly.

You are a real artist, from a photographer, designer, illustrator; can you tell us how do you make it all work? And what else are you doing?

I take photos, I draw, I weave, I build and design furniture. I like being busy with things I love to do. Multitasking makes it easier for me, so I never get bored.

What is your favorite thing to photograph?

People who are close to my heart.

What do you like to listen to?

I love so many different sounds, from Julee Cruise to piano solos and Venezuelan folk music.

Tell us something about your future plans…

I am working on some new furniture pieces but I prefer not to talk too much ahead

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The new edition of Bonbon Lamps

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Illustrations for a book  by Giovanni Robertini, published by Agenzia X.

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Hive lamp, 2010. Floor lamp made of oak wood and the lamp shade is one of the shades from the bonbon lamps family.

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Noodle, 2009.

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Ksilofon Clothing rack, 2010 – wood, oak sticks and plywood panels.

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