The Chairs Developed by a Slovenian Designer Are Presented in a Collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art

The famous folding chairs Rex of the first series produced in 1956 by Slovenian designer Niko Kralja became part of the permanent collection of industrial design items presented in the New York Museum of Modern Art.

Niko Kralja’s chairs have long been part of the museum collections in Copenhagen, Prague, Zurich, Munich and other cities around the world. However, their inclusion in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art is of particular importance, because it is one of the world’s largest design collections.

Niko Kralja is not only an advanced Slovenian designer of the second half of the 20th century, but also one of the world’s leading designers, the founder of post-war industrial design in Slovenia, a long-time lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana. In 1952, his prototype of the Rex chair (one of the designer’s most famous creations) conquered all the world markets. The furniture created by Niko Kralja is present today in many houses, offices, waiting rooms, cafes and other institutions, both public and private.

Meanwhile, the Ljubljana Woodworking School has opened an exhibition of 120 unique wooden lamps, which were made by its students under the guidance of Gabi Dolenšek in the framework of the annual contest. Professional education in the field of woodworking opens up wide opportunities for successful employment in Slovenia and abroad, as there is a high demand for specialists of this profile. The industry-specific educational institutions, in which graduates of the Ljubljana Woodworking School continue their education, include the professional Woodworking College in Maribor (2 two-year study programmes: Woodworking and Design of Materials, 20 weeks of practice) and the Woodworking Department of the Ljubljana University Biotechnology Faculty. In the University of Ljubljana, bachelors, masters and PhDs are trained on the Woodworking and Forestry Engineering study programmes.