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Design Dialogues #17: Lana Cavar


Seventeenth edition of Design Dialogues program will be marked by the visit from one of the most respected and productive Croatian designers, both in her homeland and abroad — Lane Cavar! Our guest comes to Croatian Design Superstore in the best moment possible, after double award for her work at the Exhibition of Croatian Design 1516. We’ll talk with Lana about her present and past projects, everyday “multitasking” and what it means to be a designer here and now.

Lana Cavar (along with Ira Payer) founded Cavarpayer, a graphic design studio that had a significant presence on the Croatian scene in the late 90-s and early 2000-s. Cavarpayer was recognized for their work in the field of culture as well as pioneering branding projects for the young Croatian economy. Cavar graduated from the University of Zagreb School of Design in 2000 and received her MFA degree at Yale University School of Art in 2006.  Today she works as an independent designer or as a member of the collaborative group

After years in research, in 2012, together with Danielle Aubert and Natasha Chandani, she co-edited and co-designed Thanks for the View Mr. Mies: Layfayette Park, Detroit (Metropolis Books, 2012), a comprehensive “field guide” to Detroit’s neighborhood planned and designed by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilbersheimer and Alfred Caldwell. The book was selected by the AIGA as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012, received wide coverage in professional and popular media and was listed as the publisher’s best-selling title in arts and architecture for a number of years.

Iskopavanja II: Znakovi proizvodnje, proizvodnja znakova
Iskopavanja II: Znakovi proizvodnje, proizvodnja znakova

Together with fellow-designer Narcisa Vukojević in 2011/13 she authored award-winning projects Excavations: Judge Book by Its Cover and Logos of Production  Production of Logos, which dealt with the archaeology of design and focused on the area of design production in Croatia during the Yugoslavian era (1950-1990). Up until 2010, she worked as art director at branding agencies in New York that included Mother, Wolff Olins and AR Media. Together with CLANADA she has worked on projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD), Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Berlin’s theater Hebbel an Ufer. In Zagreb her career has been marked with numerous collaborations with 3LHD architects and designer N. Vukojević.

Lana Cavar’s work has been nationally and internationally awarded. Her most recent recognition came from Croatian Design Exhibition 1516: The Best Visual Communications Design 1516  for the brand identity of Hotel Adriatic in Rovinj (w. Marino Krstačić Furić and Ana Tomić) and Ico-D Excellence Award for the visual identity of the Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb (seasons 2014/15 /16).

Design Dialogues are coordinated and hosted by designer, art critic and writer Bojan Krištofić, member of CDSS team. As a sales and exhibition space intended for products and concepts of domestic designers, CDSS initiates their gathering, networking and market promotion, while the audience gets a chance to meet the designers and get informed through casual and direct get-together. See you!



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