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About Us

DRAGA OBRADOVIC
Born in Cacak, Serbia, 1964. In 1984 she moved to Florence, Italy, where she graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti with a degree in painting in 1988. She started to work in fashion first as a model and later as a fashion designer for women’s collections. As a designer, she attempt to achieve a union between painting and style. She achieved the ultimate expression of thi desire in textile design. From 1989 to 2005 she freelanced in various studios in London, Paris, Belgrade, Milan and Florence. Her designs have been chosen by important fashion designers. Through the years she has refined her own unique painting technique directly on fabrics, which has allowed her to create a unique collection in which colors, styles and textile meet, giving birth to a harmonious mix of past and present with amazing effects. At the same time, she does not overlook such technical characteristics as resistance and waterproofing. This kind of design process naturally lends itself to furniture. In 2006 she designed her first unique furniture collection using pieces from various time periods and styles-an game of endless matching. The pieces can be combined in various ways according to the tastes and needs of varying environments in which different styles and periods find harmony in the uniqueness of the fabric. In 2007 she began working with Aurel K. Basedow, artist and designer and his companion of over twenty years. Living together.

AUREL K. BASEDOW
As fate would have it the “Oberammergauer SchnitzSchule” (wood carving school), famous for it’s sacred wood sculpture, considered him an unsuitable candidate for admission. Non of their sculpted Madonna’s have ever been honoured by the signature of F. Aurel K. Basedow. After 3 years of demanding work as apprentice at the Beuerberg carpentry studio, at 12 degrees below zero, his skills in the working of wood with the greatest of precision were thoroughly honed. Testimony to these abilities that remain include three small carved maple boxes, but the severe cold was enugh to persuade him to move on and change direction. He moved to Italy in 1986 and passed the entrance examination to the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, submitting a copy of the “Young Spaniard” by Velasquez which he had painted when just 16. His realism and figurative drawings quickly gave way to abstract paintings he took to using broad brushstrokes and colours inspired by Flemish art, with a touch that was highly charged with emotion. Over the years the emphesis changed once again, reflecting his own spiritual growth, to a more contemplative style, working on large surfaces as he engaged himself in materic and meditative arts. He obtained his degree in graphic arts in 199 at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan. During this period he also pursued his fervent interest in African drums and percussions and performed for many years on stage, going on as to reach the Malinke tradition he had learned from such maestros as Mamady Keita, Famadou Konate, Ladji Camera and the young musician his son-in-law Bruno Rose. At this time he made his living working with children, following in the footsteps of Bruno Munari and Munich’s “Kinderforum”, to establish his own teaching method designed to draw out the natural creativity of children. In 2007 he began working with Draga Obradovic, artist and designer and his companion of over twenty years. Living together and developing a common passion for contemporary art, their artistic affinity has grown to lead them to common quests and the exchange of ideas. The German artist Aurel K. Basedow has chosen to develop the potential of resin through strong pictorical expression. His application of epoxy resins and pigments to walls, furniture and design items has produced unexpected transformations that have given us unique pieces that, together with the furnishings upholstered with Draga’s fabrics, create a fascinating and stylistically successful union.