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DRAGA + AUREL
DRAGA + AUREL

DRAGA + AUREL / BAXTER

Draga and Aurel began their design collaborations in 2007. Aurel’s application of epoxy resins and pigments to walls, furniture, and design objects combined with Draga’s textile design has produced unexpected transformations that result in completely unique pieces every time.

Draga Obradovic moved to Florence, Italy, in 1984 to pursue a degree in painting from Accademia di Belle Arti. She began her work in fashion, first as a model and later as a fashion designer for women’s collections where she discovered her interest in textile design. From 1989 to 2005 she refined her own unique painting techniques for fabrics. This led her to create a new collection where colours, styles and textiles combined, and a harmonious mix of past and present emerged. In 2006 Draga designed her first unique furniture collection using pieces of fabric from different time periods and styles. These pieces can be combined in various ways according to the tastes and needs of varying environment.

In 1986, Aurel Basedow attended the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence to pursue his passion for painting. His realism and figurative drawings quickly gave away to abstract paintings by using broad brushstrokes and colours inspired by Flemish art. Over the years the emphasis focused more on Aurel’s spiritual growth as he developed a more contemplative style of working on large surfaces and engaged himself in materic painting and meditative arts. In 1991 he pursued a degree in the graphic arts 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. At this time he also began to work 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 in children.