Laura, a villa from 1928, has been completely renovated for the needs of an exhibition space, a gallery of
applied art that exhibits items by young regional designers, mostly from the Faculty of Applied Arts and
the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade.
Space is our medium of communication. Inside its three dimensions we try to give its users a pleasant experience of dwelling in an area that is functional, accessible and humane. Besides fulfilling the mentioned conditions that bear the promise of a successfully designed interior, we asked ourselves- is there something beyond?
“Lady, beneath the sun’s circle,
Love has no greater treasure than you.”
“that I was captured, and did not defend myself,
because your lovely eyes had bound me, Lady.”
The staircase is golden, chiselled with thin vertical
lines across the marble walls, the ash on the rail and the tropical plants beneath. It leads us upwards,
away from the physical features of Laura, through the strains of her hair bathed in light that shimmers
in front of us.
“Blessed be all those verses I scattered
calling out the name of my lady”
“That golden hair that might make the sun
move far away in envy”
The last room is also the last place we enter when we meet someone – the heart. It is warm and gentle,
and the objects in it are mostly parts of one whole. We are surrounded by a symmetry of shapes torn in
two, like two halves that merge when people decide to open their hearts to each other.
“Love discovered me all weaponless,
and opened the way to the heart through the eyes,
which are made the passageways and doors of tears”
Fiona Sinđelić Stefanović
Mette Vinther Jensen
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