28 January 2020
Known by the name of their atelier, Draga&Aurel, an informal and commercial amalgam of their Christian names, these two designers complement each other in both life and work, their great shared passion for contemporary art fuelling constant research, exploration and comparison. Serbian-born Draga Obradovic is imaginative and determined and started out as a textile designer in the fashion world, moving from London to Milan and then on to Como. Aurel K. Basedow, was born in Germany, and is a passionate and dedicated carpenter and woodworker; he graduated from the Brera Academy of Fine Arts and started off as a painter. They opened their atelier in Como in 2007, focusing on materials in particular – from epoxy resin to cement, often salt-finished, to bronze, brass to molten glass - exploring their many potentials. The result – as demonstrated by the Transparency Matters collection, presented at the Salone del Mobile.Milano during Design Week 2019 – culminates in a very personal interweaving of different superimposed elements, in a powerfully pictorial approach. Draga&Aurel are also interested in history and its stratifications, and it is no accident that they chose to live in an old spinning mill in Como that they have restored in a contemporary key, channelling past and present. This also what they have done with the Dimora delle Balze, a traditional old farm in Sicily, introducing design elements and vintage objects into the overall restoration project. For the Cannavacciuolo Cafè & Bistrot in Novara, which stands on the former site of the bar of the old Teatro Coccia, which was one of the most important “historic” buildings in Piedmont, they blended modern elements drawn from the world of show business with 60s-style decor. Their passion for antiques, collecting and restoring vintage furnishing pieces and completely reinventing them has become their trademark. Their clients include Baxter and Wall&Deco.