Oaza is a design practice from Zagreb founded by Nina Bačun, Ivana Borovnjak, Roberta Bratović, Tina Ivezić, Maja Kolar and Maša Poljanec in 2013. Our work is context and research-based, rooted in collaboration, an integrative approach and knowledge sharing. We design, research, curate, direct and edit content for cultural and commercial projects, ranging from visual identities, books, campaigns, exhibitions and digital media. Through our work, we seek to contribute to production, presentation and design discourse in a holistic way.

Next to commissions and collaborations Oaza investigates topics of interest through self-initiated total design projects which reflect our general approach to design as a political and social discipline directed towards critical questioning of our everyday. Our ongoing projects explore alternative models of production and natural resources within Made In, we are running Oaza Books independent publishing house and investigating the Female history of design through the project Designers 1930 — 1980: Context, Production, Influences. Besides self-initiated projects, Oaza members are active in the fields of formal and informal design education.



Oaza team
Nina Bačun received her Master's degree in Experience Design at Konstfack University, College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm in 2011. She works as a researcher and practitioner in the field of visual communication, education, exhibition setup, speculative design, art direction, product design, interior design and scenography. Her work has been included, published and awarded in domestic and international exhibitions of design and art.

Ivana Borovnjak graduated in conceptual design from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2007. Since then, she has been actively contributing to the independent cultural scene through projects of various sizes and impacts. From 2013 to 2017 she was the director of the Croatian Designers Association, involved in the creative direction, curation and management of initiatives, platforms, festivals and educational projects. She designs, curates, researches and writes about design.

Roberta Bratović earned a master’s degree in Scenography from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2009. Since 2008 she has been working as a theatre artist in scenographies, exhibition settings, curatorial concepts, visual communications for institutions in culture, and on self-initiated projects in the field of product design. Her work has been included, published and awarded in domestic and international exhibitions of design and art.

Maja Kolar works within the domain of the independent cultural sector and self-initiated design projects. The wide spectre of activities includes curatorial practices, projects in social, strategic and conceptual design, publishing and informal design education. She actively collaborates with international interdisciplinary teams on different projects and initiatives, many of which were recognised and awarded within the professional field. She holds a Konstfack University of Arts and Crafts degree.

Tina Ivezić is a graphic designer based in Zagreb. Working within the field of independent (and institutional) cultural production for the past 15 years, preferably collaborating with peers or as a member of interdisciplinary teams. Her experience includes visual communication design for exhibitions and cultural events, publication design, identities and design for digital media. Her current interests include pursuing low-stress and slow-design processes.

Maša Poljanec is the co-founder of the design collective Oaza, where she has been active since 2015. The goal of the team is to promote design in an engaged way through self-initiated projects and its own publishing. She is an assistant professor at the School of Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Zagreb. She deals with visual communications, designs books and exhibition sets, conducts research and educational design projects and continuously exhibits in Croatia and abroad.

Current collaborators
Andrea Šarić, Studio manager
Manau Quellec, Intern

We are thankful to all the interns and graphic assistants who have enriched our practice over the years: Kristina Mirošević, Ugo Demay-Bruet, Linn Kårelind, Josipa Tadić, Ela Meseldžić, Joanna Pellizer

Oaza works collaboratively expanding the team according to the needs of the projects.

Get in touch for commissions, collaborations and internships: info@o-a-z-a.com

Friends and Partners
Angewandte Kunst Schneeberg, BLOK Local Base for Cultural Refreshment, Booksa, Center for Creativity, Children's House – City of Rijeka, City Museum Zenica, Drugo more, Kunstgewerbemuseum Dresden, Matija Ferlin, Sa(n)jam knjige u Istri, Michelangelo Foundation, Mikser, Monte Librić, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), Center ROG, Nanotourism, dekleva gregorič architects, Nova Iskra, Petikat, Passa ao Futuro, Radiona Makerspace, Superlocal, Unfold, Werkraum Bregenzerwald, Zagreb City Libraries

Clients
The Academy of Dramatic Art Zagreb, Archaeological Museum, Atelier NŌUA, BLOK Local Base for Cultural Refreshment, Book Fair(y) in Istria, City Theatre Trešnja, Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts, Croatian Designers’ Association, Croatian National Theatre, DeltaLab, Galženica Gallery,The Historical and Maritime Museum of Istria, Kibla, Institute of Archeology, Kamizdat, Metamedia Association, MI+ platform, Ministry of Culture and media of the Republic of Croatia, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Rijeka, Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Photography Organisation Organ Vida, Prostoria, Up There, Randić and Associates, Zagreb Youth Theater, Kunsthaus Graz, KUMU Tallinn, Museion Bozen/Bolzano, Muzeum Sztuki Łódź, Croatian Cluster of Competitiveness of Creative and Cultural industries, MasterCard, Prostoria ltd.









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Oaza Art Organisation is a legal entity founded in 2014. with the aim of developing, affirming, promoting, researching, nurturing and improving actions in the field of design. Through art organisation, we act as partners and organisers of European projects and contribute to critical design discourse in Croatia and internationally.

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HR‒10000 Zagreb

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HR‒10000 Zagreb


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