London, United Kingdom
Lara Bohinc MBE studied Industrial Design at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts, followed by Metalwork and Jewellery at Royal College of Art London (MA). After graduation she won British Fashion Council’s New Generation Award and launched her own studio. She was senior design consultant for Cartier for over a decade and worked with Montblanc, Lanvin and Gucci amongst others.A mark of her work is versatility. A passionate believer in the universality of good design, she made the most of opportunities to bridge the divide between jewellery, objects and furniture.
Bohinc’s ability to create work of everlasting beauty is rooted in her familiarity with industrial processes. While retaining a deep respect for the traditional principles of her craft, she has also drawn on her knowledge of industrial techniques, fusing modernity of style with function to achieve a contemporary elegance. The same principles apply in all of her designs – use of the finest materials, and an obsession with deconstruction and reconfiguration of pure geometric form. Overall, Bohinc’s signature style is a mix of contradictions: bold yet light, graphic yet fluid, angular yet feminine.
Her first furniture piece was the Solaris Kinetic Table, made in collaboration with stone experts Lapicida for Wallpaper “Handmade” exhibition in 2014. The success of this piece resulted in two further collections of marble furniture and interior accessories. Bohinc has also collaborated with Swedish company Skultuna for a bestselling range of brass candleholders and desktop accessories. She has exhibited at London Design Festival, at Sketch Gallery and she was invited to take part in Bloomberg’s “Waste Not Want It” exhibition. Her design for “Friendship Bench” was commissioned by Kensington and Chelsea council and in 2016 she set up Bohinc Studio for the exploration of furniture and object design.
Portrait courtesy of Tori Ferenc