Portrait

Liabilities

Narrative

After a successful career as senior designer for Calvin Klein in New York, and creative director at Georg Jensen and The Swatch Group, Nadja Zerunian has shifted her focus: she now relishes the immediate interaction with crafters and makers. She collaborates with artisans in Romania, Algeria, Lebanon, Iran, Austria and Italy to develop small limited-edition series, highlighting the immense potential, relevance and knowledge of local craft. She advises the Erste Foundation Roma Partnership program, is a creative consultant for UNIDO / United Nations Industrial Development Organization and founding partner of zerunianandweisz and co/rizom.

Exhibitions

12 2018
Design Miami
12 2018
09 2018
Vienna Design Week
09 2018
04 2018
Ventura Future
04 2018
10 2017
Zain, Cluj
10 2017

Contact


Nadja Zerunian
Stephansplatz 5
1010 Vienna

Imprint


Photography
Pia Scharler (AD)
Mark Glassner

Lisa Edi & Daniela Trost



Design
Studio Es

© Nadja Zerunian, 2018
for Curio / Design Miami

Nadja Zerunian uses objects the way a play write uses dialogue. She conjures forms out of precious metals, and places them in conversation with one another. Her vessels and tools might serve prosaic or ceremonial tasks, like pouring or serving, but they are ultimately an effort to explore ideas – a Freudian attempt to free feelings and emotions. Liabilities, is a series of objects, interpreting the complexity and ordinary nature of relationships. Produced with traditional Transylvanian Roma artisans, who use to this day their archaic methods and tools, the metal vessels portray one hundred scenarios, exploring human interactions, attachments and bonds. The multiple ways relationships unfold -seducing, balancing, supporting, overbearing, bonding – are mirrored in the way the bowls, plates, jugs rest next to each other. These beautifully crafted objects, deliberately arranged and perfectly executed, are precious trinkets to behold. Or perhaps an army of lovers, waiting to be freed from a spell by the magic power of touch.


Alice Stori Liechtenstein
  • calculated placement
  • timid retreat
  • altered direction
  • improbable position
  • crucial loyalty
  • extensive bliss
  • total harmony
  • gradual amendment
  • composed coordination
  • accentuated vacancy
  • elusive complexity
  • perfect deception
  • decisive presence
  • complete togetherness
  • sheltered treasure
  • lively confrontation
  • penetrable devotion
  • caring bond
  • unconditional dedication
  • adjusted expectation
  • transient intimacy
  • complicit consideration
  • spirited provision
  • proven setting
  • discarded trophy
  • adventurous frivolity
  • reliable configuration
  • ideal capacity
  • intact utopia
  • conventional deal
  • exhausted anticipation
  • superficial unity
  • flirtatious addiction
  • exaggerated formality
  • compromised situation
  • introverted intensity
  • delicate monotony
  • assured role
  • ephemeral bind
  • discrete isolation
  • delicious seduction
  • deceptive submission
  • detectable delusion
  • familiar replication
  • visionary translation
  • perpetual possibility
  • settled endowment
  • perplexing sameness
  • mischievous combination
  • established deliverable
  • relaxed obligation
  • ambiguous connection
  • eternal fantasy
  • liable protocol
  • validated stereotype
  • bonded arrangement
  • explicit reliance
  • energized chase
  • vague suitability
  • bored variation
  • supportive act
  • profound fragility
  • predictable triviality
  • uniform destiny
  • absolute reliability
  • defiant condition
  • allocated slot
  • symbiotic comfort
  • burdened challenge
  • attached affiliation
  • precarious balance
  • dependent formation
  • seductive tease
  • perfected routine
  • fatalist pact
  • stoic alliance
  • concealed autonomy
  • renounced individuality
  • rooted proximity
  • trusted assurance
  • celebrated affinity
  • persistent resemblance
  • sheltered void
  • comprehensive fusion
  • compromised integrity
  • coquettish pursuit
  • naive tease
  • layered support
  • obedient compliance
  • patient resistance
  • extended proximity
  • controlled procedure
  • excessive admiration
  • playful exchange
  • reserved dependability
  • divided complexity
  • deferential engagement
  • regulated track
  • balanced imbalance
  • detached reflection
Artisan
Victor Clopotar, Brateiu.
Artisan
Eva & Itzok Clopotar and Itzok, Vicor & Victor jr.
3 generations of ‘caldarai’ – traditional roma coppersmiths.
Artisan

Love's Labour's, 2018

Stillness, 2018

In best company III, Rituals for boredom, 2018with Sarah-Linda Forrer

Dinner Darling, 2017

Love’s Labour’s
Dependence
© Lisa Edi
Love’s Labour’s
Inter-dependence
© Lisa Edi
Love’s Labour’s
Co-dependence
© Lisa Edi
Love’s Labour’s
Co-dependence
© Lisa Edi
Stillness
Finale
© Mark Glassner
Stillness
Utensils I
© Mark Glassner
Stillness
Rites
© Mark Glassner
Stillness
'Other'
© Mark Glassner
Stillness
Utensils II
© Mark Glassner
Rituals for boredom
Destimulate / Isolate
© Mark Glassner
Rituals for boredom
Detach / Repeat
© Mark Glassner
Rituals for boredom
Compose / Discompose
© Mark Glassner
Dinner Darling
Core
© Mark Glassner
Dinner Darling
Dolly
© Mark Glassner
Dinner Darling
Seven
© Mark Glassner
Dinner Darling
Macaluta
© Mark Glassner
Dinner Darling
Edin
© Mark Glassner