After graduating in Architecture from the University of Belgrade,Dejana Kabiljo took her Master Degree in design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Her first product designs LIMON, table and LIM, chair for STEEL, divisione della Molteni & Molteni, Italy, were chosen for the interior design of the Groninger Design Museum, Netherlands. In 1992 she moved to Vienna where she held the position of art director of the Vienna Museum of Technology from 95 to 97. Then Kabiljo was lecturer at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 97 to 99. She has given guest lectures and workshops at the Konsfack, Stockholm, MAK, Vienna, Belgrade Design Week and New Rules and New Responses, Design Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In 2001 Dejana Kabiljo founds her own production label, Kabiljo Inc.
SCRIBOman, paper table, is included in the permanent collection
of the MAK, Vienna, the Museum of Applied Arts in Belgrade
and in the collection of the Wien Museum, Vienna.
PRETTYPRETTY, barstool is chosen by Phillipp Starck for the
interior design of the SLS hotel in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, in 2008.
PRETTYzerlina went to directress of Christie’s, Italy, at an auction
held by Christie’s at My Own Gallery, Milan in 2010.
The revenue was donated to the La Forza dell Sorriso Foundation,
supporting women diagnosed with brest cancer.
Since January 2011 LetThemSitCake! is a part of the collection of the
Wien Museum, Austria.
Dejana Kabiljo received the Japan Foundation Fellowship for artists in
Her architecture project Home, Sweet – family housing complex in
Belgrade, won second prize at the limited architectural competition
by PORR, Austria in 2006.
She won departure, City of Vienna funding for creative industries,
for her brand Kabiljo Inc. in 2006,
She was nominated for the most influential person in design by Myself
magazine, Conde Nast, Germany and for the Future Prize of the
City of Vienna in 2010.
Recipient of the m.i.a. award for art and culture, Austria in 2011.
Dejana Kabiljo has served on numerous judging and advisory panels.
Temporary Museum for New Design, SUPERSTUDIO PIÚ, Design Week, Milan
LetThemSitCake!, Installation, 751, Beijing Design Week, Beijing, China
SANDS, Temporary Museum for New Design, SUPERSTUDIO PIÙ,
Design Week, Milan, Italy
FAT, Temporary Museum for New Design, SUPERSTUDIO PIÙ,
Zona Tortona, Milan Design Week, Italy
theUnread, Kabiljo Inc., Vienna Design Week, Austria
Dejana Kabiljo 09, Zona Tortona, Milan Design Week, Italy
PRETTYPRETTY, Museum of Applied Art, Belgrade Design Week,
Dejana Kabiljo 08, Zona Tortona, Fuorisalone 08, Milan, Italy
PRETTYPRETTY, Passionswege, XAL Space, Vienna, Austria
SCRIBOmania, MAK, Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
Procrastination, Paul Smith Collection, Tokyo, Japan
SCRIBOman, Selfridges Window, Oxford Street, London, UK
Dejana Kabiljo at dovetusai, Furniture Fair Spin-off Exhibition,
STOP!worrying, MAK, Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art,
Sitting Devices, MAK NITE, MAK, Vienna, Austria.
Recollections, with Marion Friedmann Gallery, at Designjunction, London
Food Culture, The Netherlands Institute for Fashion and Design, Designhuis, Eindhoven
Austrian Design, Raw And Delicate, La Pelota, Milan Design Week, Italy
Death Can Dance, Townhouse, Zürich, Switzerland
The (secret) Return of Noever, ACE Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Reflecting Reality, Sigmund Freud Museum, Vienna Art Week, Austria
LetThemSitCake!, installation, Global Social Business Summit, Vienna, Austria
Expo, Month of Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Opening Exhibition, Belgrade Design Week, SKC, Belgrade, Serbia
PARKfair presents Entartainer, Vienna, Austria
Surprising Ingenuity, Austrian Design Visions, FAD, Barcelona, Spain
2000 – 2010 Design in Vienna, Wien Museum, Austria,
LetThemSitCake! art installation for Surprising Ingenuity, Austrian
Design in Milan, Fabbrica Bugatti, Zona Tortona, Milan, Italy,
rrrRagazze!, My Own Gallery, Milan, Italy.
PRETTYzerlina went to directress of Christie’s Italy at the auction held
L’objet du design, Cité du Design, St.Etienne, France,
The Box, Pavillon Cambon, Pret a Porter, Paris, France,
Body House, Salon Maison et Objet, Paris, France,
Cute Puppies, MAK, Vienna, Austria,
Swedish Dreams, Galleri Vals, Haverud, Sweden,
Prophets and Penitens, DAMn magazine choice, Milan Design Week,
Real World Laboratory, Design from East Europe:
Freiraum, Museumsquartier, Vienna, Austria,
Europe XXL, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, Belgium,
Europe XXL, Tourcoing, France.
Rinnascimento Virtuale, Museum of Natural History, Florence, Italy
Real World Laboratory International Design Biennial, St.Etienne, France
100% Pure Love, nHow, Milan, Italy
Pure Austrian Design, ICFF, New York,
PRETTYPRETTY, Designersblock, Spazio Romeo Gigli, Milano, Iltaly
BODYLANGUAGE, Design Brussels, Belgium.
Dejana Kabiljo 06, Designersblock, Nichols and Clarke Buildings, London
Design Festival, UK
BONNIECLYDE, Designersblock, Nichols and Clarke Buildings, London
Design Festival, UK
Design Auction, Dorotheum, Vienna, Austria
BONNIECLYDE, Designersblock, Studio Zeta, Designweek, Milan Italy
Procrastination, Designersblock, Studio Zeta, Design Week, Milan, Italy
Procrastination, Tea Building, Designersblock, London, UK
Transformation, Parsons School of Design Gallery, New York
and Iowa State University Gallery, USA
Contemporary Decorative Arts, Sotheby’s, London, UK
Dejana Kabiljo 02, The Bargehouse, London Designersblock, UK
S.O.S., MAK, Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art, Vienna, Austria
SCRIBOman, IDÉE, Tokyo, Japan.
Her work appeared in the New York Times,
Financial Times, La Republica, Elle Decor, Blueprint, DAMn,
to several books, among others, Eat Me, victionary, Hong Kong,
Delicate, Gestalten, Berlin, Dish, Princeton Architectural Press,
Modern Furniture, H. F. Ullman Edition, Germany.
Born in Split, Croatia, lives in Vienna, Austria.
‘AU’ Armchair, 2012
24 karat gold galvanized springs of mattresses
108cm x 76cm x 78cm, sitting height: 45cm
Rising from the trash of mid Europe as a relic: A piece originating from former Yugoslavian army beds heaped on military flea markets, questioning our aesthetic and political demands on design. The project is reflecting the delicacy of war-time, the perilous life of soldiers and those inherent memories. The springs of the mattresses, bare of all frills, simple and honest, representing our present: lively, vibrant and sexy. Will the future be golden?AU gold armchair Dejana Kabiljo Marion Friedmann Gallery
‘AU’ armchair, side view
‘AU’ armchair, detail
‘FE’, armchair, 2012
plain springs of mattresses
108cm x 76cm x 78cm, sitting height: 45cm