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Furniture to Please the Aesthetics
The furniture would be considered art works, if they were not designed to be used.
By John Bonar


From Milan to Miami, style leaders are raving about the creations of furniture designer Ola Voyna. The hand crafted works of this young design firm are based on timeless ironwork wrought in the Carpathian mountains of their native Poland, married with wood or stone and upholstered in striking fabrics to make a range of beds, sofas, tables and garden recliners that are headed for connoisseurs homes as fast as they can be individually produced.

However the occasional tables, such as the Root coffee table, with its wrought iron base and toughened glass or rainforest marble top are a conversation piece. It is the perfect companion to the romantically inspired two-seater Scarlet sofa, upholstered with silk, and imitating the form of a rose.

Even more stunning is the Oyster, a canopied double bed. The mattress and the canopy are upholstered with striped, glittering fabric, which is available in various colors. You can choose between different types of mattress. The metal handcrafted frame has a unique wrought structure and is painted black, with a delicate, partial covering of copper plating that gives a weathered appearance. The Oyster is an unusual blend of the traditional construction with up to the minute cutting edge modern design, as is the Snail set of couch, sofa, stool and table.

A starker creation is the Graphite coffee table, featuring a riveted trim pattern on the outer side of the steel structure. While the structure of the table itself, is forged from a single sheet of metal, forming the basis of a modern, rectilinear configuration, the tabletop itself is made of hardened glass and is riveted to the structure at each corner.


Ola Voyna is named after their founder and chief designer, a young talented and vivacious woman who drive the enterprise with artistic talent. They supply both corporate and private clients from luxury hotels to private homes, as well as a focusing on collaboration with interior designers. Without formal art or design education this remarkable woman takes her inspiration from nature and sometimes her ideas take on a life of their own.

Uninhibited by rigid stylistic or technical boundaries her spectacular pieces reflect the bucolic country landscape where she lives. Her home is filled with six former stray dogs, all adopted by Ola, who draws inspiration from the sensitive paintings of Bozena Wahl another artist who combines her art with caring for hurt and abandoned animals.

The Ola Voyna team have succeeded in providing a product of world-class durability and stylistic poise matched by a commitment to service. The handcrafted nature of the product gives them flexibility to vary dimensions, fabrics, and modify designs to client requests.

Based in the central Polish city of Lodz, Ola Voyna is creating a much vaunted reputation among design cognoscenti that transcends borders and eschews nationalism in favour of international acclaim.

Would-be owners of their work can use online shopping to see and buy. Ola Voyna has recently decided to make a concerted effort on the Russian market, and while planning a showroom of their own, according to Andrew Repas,Director of Customer Relations, they Уare also open to proposals from department store chains and boutique stores, as well as interior designers and agents.Ф While most of the creations displayed on their web site, are created from their designers own imagination, they are just as enthusiastic about working to design briefs from clients.


Root with glass

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