MAO furniture Improving the infrastructure

Product design

BIO isThe Biennial of Design (known also by its Slovene acronym BIO) is one of the few major international design exhibitions that has a tradition of more than forty-eight years of presenting contemporary trends in international design. From the first biennial in 1964 to today, BIO has presented twenty-two exhibitions surveying the state of international design. The organizer of the biennial is Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO).

BIO exhibitions are recognized by careful selections made by respected international experts and prominent awards given for the best design made or conceived in last two years. Award-winners are chosen by international jury and announced on the evening of the opening ceremony. Exhibited works are selected among the entries received on international call for entries and are presented in the BIO catalogues.

Because of the economic use of funds when designing the BIO 21 and 22 exhibition, MAO was able to invest in some much needed permanent infrastructure elements, such as exhibition lightning, a permanent reception, museum shop, etc.

We designed a furniture system, constituting of the following main elements; shop counter with the cash register, wardrobe furniture, shop stands, benches and smaller stools for the children's play area. This now enables MAO to provide an appropriate environment for its visitors all year round, thus achieving the common standards for all such institutions worldwide.

The design of the furniture itself is very neutral while incorporating details that give it a special, recognizable touch. Because it is meant for public use it is also very durable, a fact achieved by using the most suitable materials and by developing a very sturdy construction.

Business case:
Design approach can save money

Product design:

Jože Carli, Jure Miklavc

Rendering and photo:
Jaka Verbič


October 2010


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