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Anna Bera

Anna Bera Furniture maker
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Polish, English
Hours:
By appointment only
Phone:
+48 500112659
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When nature and design collide

  • • Anna exhibited at the New York and Milan Design Weeks
  • • She is inspired by her native landscape and objects found in nature
  • • She uses a variety of techniques

Born in a village in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains, Anna Bera began working with wood at the age of 14. She learned woodcarving at art school, but craft itself was not her main focus. "Already at that time I was interested in contemporary art and abstraction," she says. After studying at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, where she chose stage design, Anna worked for few years in the visual arts and new media. She focused on conceptual photography, which led her to collect all kinds of objects found in nature, especially stones, igniting her creativity to the point that conceptual work was no longer enough to fulfil her. "The ideas and objects on which I focused… I felt their energy; it’s just the medium that was not right."

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Earth Stone Wood

Earth Stone Wood is a collection of modular furniture, a naturalistic study of a particular quartzite found in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains. In the mountain forests there are still prehistoric stone circles which, according to ancient beliefs, are places of power emanating a unique energy. This project refers to the landscape, which was shaped by pagan rituals of the ancient Slavs.

Width 100 cm
Depth 40 cm
Height 50 cm

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Fedo side table

This project is a continuation of Anna’s previous work inspired by orthoquartzite rocks and the structure of quartz. Pieces in this series are based on a particular rock that was synthesised into 11 basic shapes which were then rearranged as new objects. The name of each piece of furniture comes from the designation of the shapes they are made from.

Height 50 cm

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Fossil No. 1

The shape of this object refers to the fossil formation process and therefore to the creation of a trace of organic matter in a stone. The table and the ceramic objects have been created by repeating the process in two different materials, wood and clay. The openings in the table top are designed to accommodate the tableware, which was made by pressing clay into these hollow spaces.

Height 42 cm
Width 97 cm
Depth 54 cm

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Hac

The form of this table comes from Anna’s fascination with objects taken from nature. With this project, her inspiration goes beyond nature towards imaginary abstract forms floating in an empty space.

Height 50 cm
Width 100 cm
Depth 40 cm

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Wood

This wooden piece of furniture is a functional object which brings a part of the landscape into the interior. A modular piece, it can serve as a table, a seat or a storage container. A set of two or more modules combined creates a cabinet or room divider. The dynamic spatial relationship between the modules evokes the changeability that is typical of natural environments.

Height 50 cm
Width 100 cm
Depth 40 cm

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