Officially inscribed onto the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list in 2017, the exceptional quality and uniqueness of traditional hand-carved furniture from the city of Konjic, has garnered international acclaim. This ancient woodcarving technique lies at the foundation of Zanat, a design-driven manufacturer of handcrafted furniture and interior objects, which it produces in collaboration with some of the most distinguished designers and architects of our time. Available exclusively via K5 Furniture, Australia now has the opportunity to experience the exquisite craftsmanship and timeless beauty of Zanat’s new range of traditional hand-carved pieces.
At the prestigious Milan Design Week, which took place from April 17 to 23, Zanat unveiled an impressive range of new products while also taking the opportunity to celebrate the creative process, human skills and effort, materials and time that goes into making them. The “Teatro Zanat: The Art of Creation” exhibition at Teatro Litta moved outside of the fair halls, taking visitors on a walk through a forest wherein they got the chance to directly experience the performance of making and meet the makers themselves: woodcarvers, carpenters and designers. A delightful celebration of traditional Bosnian woodcarving techniques.
Each design object tells a thousand stories of human beings and the story of nature that together brought them to life. Below we explore some highlights from Zanat’s new collection.
Sava chair, designed by Patrick Norguet, is a charming small wooden chair featuring an innovative, crescent shaped backrest, which continues towards the front of the chair and is transformed into an armrest. Elegant and perfectly proportioned, Sava is at home in both residential and commercial settings, offering a variety of design options including maple, walnut and oak wood with seat upholstery in a choice of leathers and fabric.
Designed by Sebastian Herkner, the Veo screen is both a functional architectural object and piece of decorative art. Made of round, organically shaped pieces of solid wood, Veo is an aesthetic space divider that simultaneously hides and reveals, adding a sense of mystery and intrigue to any room. Veo is composed of 55 cm wide and 170 cm or 113 cm high segments and one can add as many of them as needed.
An entry in the beautiful collection of turned sculptural objects designed by Monica Förster for Zanat, Nest coat hanger resembles, as its name suggests, a mystical tree with branches on top and a bowl underneath. The bowl is not just a decorative piece; it also serves as a very useful container to put your keys and other small items when you get home.
The Kiam console table with drawers is a piece from JeanMarie Massaud’s Kiam cabinets collection. The Kiam pieces owe their unique character to three special design elements: the architectural support structures beneath them that were made by interlocking the leg endings with horizontal support beams; the beauty of proportions typical of Massaud’s designs; and the hand-carved pattern that gives them a distinctive sense of depth, sophistication, and tactility.
Samples of these new Zanat products are available to view at K5 Furniture’s showrooms in Melbourne and Sydney. For more information on this collection and more, go to K5’s website at