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Botanica Collection

The two rugs in the BOTANICA series - Midori (NUP005) and Kiri (NUP006) - have organic, almost fluent patterns that evoke associations to plants, but also the soft movement of the traditional Chinese dragon dance.

First and foremost, the series draws inspiration from Asia, not least Japanese nature, reflecting the enriching journey from Tokyo to Kyoto

The expressive rugs are part of the two collections, each featuring two rug designs, thereby offering two different design universes bound together by a nature-inspired design idiom.

The two collections, BOTANICA and OCEANIA, consist of a total of four different designs in three color combinations, as well as a range of sizes and shapes. The rugs are made from wool with added sustainable Tencel®, providing a soft silky finish.

About Designer
Naja Utzon Popov

Naja Utzon Popov inherited her creative genes from her grandfather, Jørn Utzon, a Danish architect known for designing the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia; her mother, prominent Danish artist Lin Utzon; and her father, acclaimed Australian architect Alex Popov.

Naja's childhood years in Denmark have always been an important source of inspiration for her work, as were the years she spent in Australia studying drawing, painting and etching at the Julian Ashton Art School. After moving to England, Naja continued her formal artistic training at the University of Westminster School of Media Arts and Design. Today, she lives in her native Denmark and works out of her studio in Copenhagen.

Thanks to her family background, Naja has always been exposed to contemporary design. These influences find expression in her work, where she translates her encounters with nature into textiles, glassware, ceramics and sculptures. By adding her own personal touch to works that beautifully combine contemporary design with Mother Nature's gifts, Naja carries on the family tradition of creating outstanding art.

Naja's approach has brought her great success and her designs have been well received in New York at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), where she exhibited a large-scale clay installation that was purchased by the iconic Saks Fifth Avenue department store. Her glass and ceramic designs appear all over the world, including at the Feng Sushi restaurant chain in London and galleries, such as the Galeria Kunstmann in Mallorca