Lara Bohinc’s voluptuous vessels for Driade are just peachy

Lara Bohinc’s ‘Peaches’ vessels for Driade are a playful homage to the female form, presented at Salone del Mobile 2023

Voluptuous blue vases by Bohinc on textured grey background
From left to right, the sensually-shaped ‘Emmeline’ vase, ‘Amelia’ box, and ‘Valentina’ vase, all by Lara Bohinc, for Driade
(Image credit: Courtesy Driade)

Originally trained as a jewellery designer, Bohinc approached furniture for the first time through a Wallpaper* Handmade collaboration with Lapicida in 2014, kickstarting a successful series of objects and furniture designs that have included collaborators with rug maker Kasthall, Swedish company Skultuna and lighting brand Roll & Hill for which she created a series of graphic chandeliers. Over the years, she has constantly worked to expand the scope of her work, also developing pieces in collaboration with Murano craftspeople in Italy and Urushi artisans in Wajima, Japan. 

Lara Bohinc’s vessels for Driade

'Emmaline' vase in Pink and Lilac

'Emmaline' vases by Lara Bohinc, for Driade

(Image credit: Courtesy Driade)

Dubbed ‘Peaches’, this three-piece collection for Driade comprises a series of pastel-hued, sensual vessels that celebrate the female body with abstracted, voluptuous curves. Each piece is named after a key historical figure: the ‘Emmeline’ vase is dedicated to the first suffragettes (after Emmeline Pankhurst), the ‘Valentina’ vase is created in honour of the first woman in space (Valentina Vladimirovna Tereshkova), while the ‘Amelia’ box pays tribute to American aviator Amelia Earhart.  

Pink, green and purple vases by Lara Bohinc, for Driade

From left to right, ‘Emmeline’ vase, ‘Amelia’ box, and ‘Valentina’ vase, by Lara Bohinc, for Driade

(Image credit: Courtesy Driade)

‘This collection seeks to exist beyond descriptive, direct representations of the body, in order to express slightly more abstracted, playful and tactile forms,’ says Bohinc of her pieces. 

The designer worked closely with Driade creative director Fabio Novembre, who is no stranger to industrial design tributes to the female body – for Driade in particular, he has conceived the celebrated ‘Nemo’ chair, a throne-like seat shaped like the face of a woman, while he has also encased a statue of Venus into a simple shelving unit.  

Green and purple Valentina vases by Lara Bohinc, for Driade

'Valentina' vases by Lara Bohinc, for Driade

(Image credit: Courtesy Driade)

‘Lara Bohinc’s work is very versatile and informed by many suggestions: her “body period” is producing lots of unexpected projects that made me curious,’ he says. ‘To include Lara in Driade’s prestigious list of contributors is an acknowledgement to her personal vision of elegance, bold and fierce, like her personality. Brava.’

Pink and green 'Amelia' boxes by Bohinc on speckled grey background

'Amelia' boxes by Lara Bohinc, for Driade

(Image credit: Courtesy Driade)

Salone del Mobile
FieraMilano – Rho
18 - 23 April
Pavillon 4 – Booth L01/L03

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.