Carving a Love Story. Monica Förster Design Studio, Zanat
Exhibition at Villa San Michele
Amongst the spectacular cliffs of Capri and the azure blue waters surrounding the island, the Swedish doctor Axel Munthe found a place to call home. Villa San Michele, a breathtakingly beautiful house and garden built on ruins of an ancient roman palace and filled with art, history and curious objects that in some way touched Munthe.
Some 125 years later the Swedish designer Monica Förster has been invited to exhibit in this unique place. On the 26th of August 2021, a curated exhibition titled “Carving a love story” will open and complement the collection in Villa San Michele for a month. The project is developed together with Zanat, the Bosnian design brand, which Monica Förster has been art directing since its international launch in 2015. A reality founded upon a four-generation-old woodcarving tradition inscribed on the UNESCO cultural heritage list of humanity. This exhibition represents a highlight in the fruitful collaboration, which has helped Zanat rise from a small family-owned workshop in Bosnia to a globally respected design brand. Monica Förster’s projects for Zanat have won prestigious awards and been published in leading international design and architecture magazines.
“Carving a Love Story” will comprise unique pieces of furniture and small objects, which illuminate the outstanding craftsmanship of Zanat. The exhibition will focus on functional modern sculptures hand- crafted in solid wood. Among the selection of pieces, some special editions items inspired by the spectacular location of the Villa, such as a bespoke large version of the iconic Nera bowls, as well as new products like the Sky mirrors and Unity side tables, with special stains and carvings chosen particularly for this project.