Tina Rugelj studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Ljubljana, followed by a year of design studies at the Eina School of Art and Design in Barcelona. She graduated in 2003 at the Faculty of Architecture, Graz University of Technology. She has completed an architectural internship in Spain and has been working in various architectural studios in Slovenia. All this time, she has been involved in architecture, interior design, graphic design, and the design of individual pieces of furniture.
Last year she debuted at Milan's Furniture Fair, in her solo exhibition at Salone Satellite, with her collection My Concrete Garden. Initially a research project that began as part of her post-graduate studies at the Ljubljana Academy of Fine Arts on the use of concrete in the furniture industry the project was finally materialized and presented to the public. The project was also among selected works of the international Biennial of Design BIO23 in Ljubljana, and was awarded Best Furniture of the Year by the Design Society of Slovenia in 2013.
The media has described her collection as “chic concrete”, “concrete with the soul of Mediterranean lightness”, “elegant and poetic fibre-cement collection”, “optimistic and fresh approach in design”, “a friendly concrete story”.
“Spazi di libertà” or “Spaces of Freedom” represents a new chapter in the series of My Concrete Garden creations, and will be exhibited again this year at Milan Design Week. New items will be on display from 9-14 April, this year for the first time at Ventura Lambrate 2013, Ventura Warehouse in MIlan – an entirely curated exhibition venue with an international mix of exciting upcoming talents.