Set up in 2007 by Draga Obradovic and Aurel K. Basedow, Draga & Aurel is a multidisciplinary studio and workshop for art, collectible design, and furnishing items. Armed with a diversified background in art, fashion, and craftsmanship, Draga & Aurel are widely known for combining original methods with an artistic approach to materials and composition.
Pioneers in upcycling in the design sector, Draga & Aurel began their journey by reinventing vintage furniture and objects in their own style and shaping the first Deshabillé and Heritage collections. Their 2009 debut at Milan Design Week marked the beginning of significant partnerships with furniture companies, the first of which were Baxter and Wall&Deco, followed throughout the years by others, including Visionnaire and Gallotti&Radice.
In 2019, the couple staggered the crowds at Milan Design Week with a new personal project: the Transparency Matters collection, which explores the use and significance of transparency in art and design. It was acclaimed by the press and sparked the interest of prestigious galleries, such as the Rossana Orlandi and Nilufar Galleries, with which important collaborations would arise in the following years. Their design production stands alongside the artist output of Aurel K. Basedow, comprising powerful, evocative, and poetic works. At Draga & Aurel, art and design follow two parallel and complementary paths, in a continuous exchange that strengthens and sometimes inverts their meanings.
Main exhibitions and site-specific projects:
Lake Como Design Festival with Rossana Orlandi Gallery and Giuliano Dell'Uva, Como, 2023
Desacralized by Galerie Philia (collective exhibition), Milan, 2023
Space Couture at Nilufar Gallery, Milan Design Week, 2023
Color Waterfall at Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Milan Design Week, 2023
Design Miami with Todd Merrill Studio, Miami, 2022
Salon Art + Design with Todd Merrill Studio, New York City, 2022
Lake Como Design Festival with Galerie Philia, Como, 2022
Coralia with Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Nomad Circle, Capri, 2022
In the Mood for Seventies at Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Milan Design Week, 2022
The Candy Box at Nilufar Gallery, Milan Design Week, 2022
Per Speculum in Aenigmate at Contemporary Cluster, Brancaccio Palace, Rome, 2022
Cabinet de Virtuosités by Galerie Philia (collective exhibition), Paris, 2021
Golia at Rossana Orlandi Gallery, Milan Design Week, 2021
Bokeh at Mint Shop London (collective exhibition), London Design Week, 2021
Mimetic Dialogues, Nomad Circle, St. Moritz, 2021
Ormeggi, Nomad Circle, Venice, 2019