Text: Florencia Serrot Geminelli
Photography: Ana Kras
We first knew about Ana Kras through her marvellous photography, but then we found her side as an industrial designer and beautiful lamps with an amazing name. Bonbon. And I mean, with industrial design is hard to find something that being new has this cosy and nice warm feeling. But with the Bonbons, you just Wanna have them all, in all shapes and colours. Or at least that's what happens to us, and one of the reasons that we were really looking forward on having her for VOLTA NY.
My name is Ana Kras, I was born in Belgrade, Serbia, and i lived there most of my life. at the moment, I am based in NYC where i have my studio.
I love both things, they are very different. I would be very unhappy if i had to choose only one.
I made the first one about 4 years ago, and exhibited them for the first time during Salone in Milan in 2010.
I don’t know how to knit or do any of those techniques unfortunately. I was not inspired by any of the traditional methods just because they seem too complicated to me. Making these lamps kind of reminds me of weaving.
I like all the colours and I mix them freely because i like how they change each other
I try to use materials in a responsible way. I try to get cottons from the fashion industry since they have a lot of leftovers. Some brands don’t want to give away their leftovers but do want to sell them, so I choose to buy those instead of the new ones.
I do, each one has been made by me so far.
At the moment, I do make some lamps per request, but very few of them. I am preparing a big exhibition, so i try to sell as few as possible. they are not available in shops, but maybe next year I will make a small edition that will be available.
Nothing in particular, and then also everything, life and habits.
I am working on a few new projects, and i am making a few new prototypes, and a bunch of lamps of different shapes and sizes for the upcoming show.
I can’t imagine that far, but i like to think of myself being happy in 10 years.