photography by Peter Simonik
A P.E.-inspired collection, designer Katarina Belickova's line of Gymnastics Furniture is certainly creative. Encompassing three key pieces, the collection is made up of a non-traditional high chair, hangers shaped in the form of acrobatic rings and a smart build-up dresser reminiscent of a pommel horse.
To produce the pieces, the designer channeled legendary bent wood furniture innovator Michael Thonet. His development of bent and laminated wood veneers made it possible to construct furniture using fewer pieces and allowing designers to obtain greater visual unity and fluidity.
Belickova honed her chops at the Academy of Fine arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia studying Product Design, Ceramics and Transport Design; and at the Technical University in Zvolen where she took courses in both furniture and interior design. Since then she has shown her work in exhibitions all over Europe. Most recently, her pieces were shown at Design by Mejd at Ligne Roset in Bratislava and Designblok in the Czech Republic.
The designer's impressive body of work extends to asymmetrical bookcases, children's furniture, candlesticks, magazine holders and porcelain dishware. One of our personal favorites? The Urban eye mirror. Affixed to single legs of beech, the traffic style mirrors can be positioned against a wall or hung. It can also be used as a freestanding object with the support of a concrete cone.