Beno Ogrin, Kamena Beno Ogrin, s. p.
/ stonemasonry

For Beno Ogrin stonemasonry was a chance encounter, something he did not think about before he started working at the stonemason’s workshop when he was 17. He would spend more and more time at the workshop, and after five years, when he had learned enough, he passed the craftsman’s exam for master stonemason. After 13 years at the workshop in Verd he decided to open his own, which he has been running for 12 years now.

Urban Magušar, Manufaktura
/ ceramics

Urban Magušar doesn’t make traditional products but redesigns the tradition that inspires him. He spends more time researching, preparing and planning using computer software than he does on the wheel. The choice of technique depends on the order – small orders are hand-made on the wheel, but he does make models for larger orders. He uses primarily electric and gas-fired kilns to fire his ceramic ware.

Petra Plestenjak Podlogar
/ carving, honey bread moulds

Petra Plestenjak Podlogar comes from a family of artists and has been carving wood for more than 40 years. She learned how to make wooden moulds for Škofja Loka honey bread (known as little Loka bread – Loški kruhek) from her grandfather Ivo Plestenjak when she was only 12, and now continues the centuries-old tradition of carving wooden moulds in the Škofja Loka region.

Rural Development Cooperative Pomelaj
/ wickerwork, weaving

Pomelaj, a rural development cooperative that operates at the Sabol homestead in Mala Polana, charged with preserving and passing on the basketmaking tradition. Initially, Pomelaj served as a hub for local craftspeople and eventually transformed into an employment centre for the disabled, which continues to foster and build on the traditional craft of corn husk and willow weaving. The skills were passed on by older basket-makers from Prekmurje and the wider surroundings.

AK Aljoz Karner worshop
/ shoemaking

Aleš Kacin is an architect who makes shoes. His passion for shoemaking comes from his grandfather Alojz Karner. In 2014 he set up the AK Alojz Karner workshop, where he explores and revives traditional shoemaking techniques. Karner’s shoes are handmade using the tools that were traditionally employed in shoe construction.
   

Lapidarium jewelry
/ fine metalsmithing, goldsmithing, jewelry making

Lapidarium is an extension of the family business rooted in traditional jewelry making, established in 1990 by the Nokaj family, renowned for its characteristic designs and use of high quality components in production of both limited and commercial fine jewelry. It came about from an idea to highlight the artistic production set by the next generation of Nokaj goldsmiths, and has been acting as an independent showroom since 2011.

Independent workshop and store Lapidarium were established in 2011 by one of their sons, Mario Nokaj, with an underlining philosophy of putting art and design in the forefront of their jewelry making practice. He finished his Master crafts exam in 2004 and took over the business soon after. It is located near Main City Square in Radićeva 10 and acts as a representative showroom with a storefront window facing the street, styled by Mario himself as a kind of cabinet of curiosities.

Močvarni hrast
/ carpentry, furniture making, restoration

Močvarni hrast is a master carpentry for mechanical and manual wood processing specialized in manufacturing and processing of rare form of fossilized timber bog-oak*, which has even been adopted as a company name. Established as a family business, handed down from father to son, Carpentry Franjić tracks a 4 decades long experience which lies on successful integration of modern technology with traditional woodworking craft, always in the service of producing items of highest possible quality.

Workshop was founded in 1979 and is situated in the western part of Zagreb covering over 1000m2 with a paintshop area, dehumidification zone and a lofty storage unit. Three storey high it accommodates separate spaces for fabrication, hydraulic pressing, painting/coating and several workbenches for manual processing with a special unit dedicated to handcrafting smoking pipes.

Hat making Škrgatić
/ hatmaking

With over 140 years long legacy Hat making Škrgatić holds the title of the oldest hat making production in Croatia, taking pride in the family-owned-and-operated business rooted in knowledge transferring and polishing of the craft. Its current owner Darko Škrgatić followed his second great grandfathers footsteps and continued the family trade in 2005 upon his completion of Faculty of Textiles, Leather and Design where he received a master hat maker title.

History and origins of hat wearing were synonymous to Zagreb’s civic culture and lifestyle and Škrgatić family business of producing hats dates back as early as 1912, witnessed by families grandfather who established a ‘Vilko Vanek – Zagreb’ hattery and ran a hat making and millinery workshop. The 6th generation of master hat makers and current owner of Škrgatić Hat Making production opened their current workshop in Heinzelova street in 2005.

 

 

Clockmaker Lebarović
/ clockmaking

The Clockmaker’s shop Lebarović was founded in 1947 by Simeon Lebarović. The shop first specialized in repairing wall clocks and alarm clocks, and was finally charged with the production and maintenance of public clocks in Zagreb. Today, this is their main business.

Although the front area of the shop looks tiny, behind it in the same building there is actually a small factory. It extends to over 140 square meters, with plenty of tools and machines: a lathe for producing shafts, a machine for manufacturing gears, another smaller lathe and a milling machine from the Second World War. There is another workshop further east in the city, in which the big parts of the clocks are being produced. In that workshop, among other things, they have a 2-Ton lathe.

Bookbindery 1924
/ bookbinding, foil printing

Initially founded in 1924 in Martićeva 5, Zagreb, Knjigovežnica 1924. is now run by Mrs. Vesna Hrkač. Vesna has learned the crafts of bookbinding from her grandfather and mother, specialized in goldsmith printing, and has devoted herself in the past years to repairing and restoration of antique books, which gave the whole workshop a new artistic aspect. She works together with 2 other bookbinders.

The bookstore was originally founded by Mr. Pavao Danilović, who studied the bookbinding crafts in Padua, Italy. After the end of the First World War in which he himself participated, he began his professional career in Vienna. In 1924, he founded his own workshop in the basement of the new building in Martićeva 5, in Zagreb.

 

Havel Metalforming
/ metal spinning

Initially founded by engineer August Havel in 1953, the workshop was taken over by his son Branko in 1989, and today is being run by Branko’s son-in-law Dražen Radotović and his son Luka - a fourth generation of metalworking craftsmen in the same location in Vlaška ulica in Zagreb.

A small workshop is situated in the backyard, hidden between newly built buildings, and contains both the workshop with many different tools and machines for metal processing, and the shop where some of the products are always on display.

Cerovečki Umbrellas
/ umbrella and parasol making

Cerovečki Umbrellas maintains a 100-year-old tradition in producing specialized handmade umbrellas and parasols. The story began back in 1912 when Mr. Mijo Cepanec started his umbrella artisan shop Cepanec in Varaždin. The shop had moved to Ilica Street in Zagreb in 1936 and has been there ever since. Today, the business is run by the fourth generation – Thomislav and his wife Matea Cerovečki.

In 1937 Mr Cepanec began importing Knirps umbrella parts and started assembling them in the workshop in Ilica. In 1943 Gabrijel Cerovečki inherited the entire branch from Mr Cepanec and passed his knowledge on to his son Krešimir, and his grandson Thomislav who is still both working and selling his products in a small workshop on number 50 in Ilica Street.