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OBJEKT International

OBJEKT International September 2018

OBJEKT©International, the leading interior design magazine in the world, is proud to present you with our latest publication. OBJEKT©International is the authoritative and bespoke title for the upscale urban modernist with a passion for interiors, art/antiques, modern design and outstanding architecture. An unique fusion of classic and modern styles.

Hans Fonk Publications B.V.
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4 Issues


3 min.
beijing rocks on the move

Wei Xi: “The scholars’ rocks, with its spirit of tranquility, inspiration, insight, and litheness, are celestial. The scholars’ rocks in Hans Fonk’s photography are also celestial. They are not limited by gravity or stereotypes, as they only exist in a secluded and infinite realm. Apparently, he understands the connection between the oriental scholars’ rocks and the metaphor they carry to mimic the clouds. He is also keen in revealing the sacred links among the scholars’ rocks, the universe and the ultimate wisdom of human race. Hui Chong, as portrayed in The Record of Illustration and Traditional Chinese Painting, is said to have an “unrestrained and carefree spirit”. Being a monk, Hui Chong’s unrestrained spirit here is not about letting his soul go wild; instead, it implies that Hui Chong has the…

3 min.
belgrade spiritus movens

Legend has it that Attila the Hun is buried under the fortress that was known by Celtic invaders as Singidunum, located on the rock that overlooks the "White City" of Belgrade. Perhaps it's no accident that the most feared enemy of the Roman Empire would come to rest at one of the most plundered cities of antiquity, which lay strategically at the periphery of three major civilizations - the Byzantine, Roman and Slav-Avar empires. Its geographic position would prove both a blessing and a curse throughout a history marked by demise and greatness. In addition to the leader of the Huns, others would try their hand at taking over "the White City on the Hill." The name "Belograd" first appeared in papal letters on April 18, 878. The despot Stefan Dragutin boldly declared…

8 min.
the royal palace of belgrade, serbia

The Royal Palace of Belgrade, Serbia, was built between 1924 and 1929 with private funds of His Majesty King Aleksandar I, the first monarch of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes and the grandfather of HRH Crown Prince Aleksandar II). The construction of the façade was made of white marble from the island of Brac was finished in 1929. It served as his home and later of that of King Petar II (the father of Crown Prince Alexander). After the World War II the new communist government of Yugoslavia proclaimed all members of the Karadjordjevic family (who were already in exile) enemies of the state. They were deprived of citizenship and their properties were confiscated. A new tenant moved in: the lifetime president of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito. Photos, paintings and…

2 min.
the white palace beli dvor

King Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic envisaged that his three sons would require their own private accommodation when they would become of age. The assassination of HM King Aleksandar I in 1934 in Marseille separated the king from his family, causing the destiny of his sons to take a different turn. The young King Petar II became the new master of the Dedinje complex and continued to reside in The Royal Palace with his mother HM Queen Marija and his two brothers. The completion of The White Palace was supervised by King Petar II great uncle HRH Prince Regent Pavle. The White Palace took almost four years to finish (1934-1937) and it became the official residence of HRH Prince Regent Pavle and his family in waiting for King Petar II majority. The palace…

5 min.
st george's church

The church is a five-domed structure with an interior length of the of 30 meters (98 ft), and the height of the arch is 27 meters (89 ft). All four façades are made out of white marble from the Vencac Mountain. The portal hosts a mosaic icon of St. George, to whom the church is dedicated. Designed by the Serbian artist Paja Jovanovic, it was made in Venice. The artwork was based on an iconic golden mosaic symbolizing the victory of the Serbs over its enemies. Above the portal, the old Karadjordjevic family coat of arms has been sculpted. The floor of the church was made in Munich, out of polished marble. The huge chandelier, 9 meters in diameter, underneath the main dome, has been molten out of massive bronze, and weighs…

3 min.
belgrade’s grand old lady

Built in 1950, The Metropol Palace was designed by architect Djordje Ristic to become the Home of the Central Comity of the National Youth of Yugoslavia. From the summer of 1949, until November of 1950, the construction, from the foundation to the roof, requested the effort of the Youth Work brigades (15 brigades with around 18.000 brigadiers). The huge building was then considered far too big for its original purpose. Architect Dragisa Brasovan came up with the idea, to convert the project into a representative and extraordinary capital hotel. The Metropol was completely designed in the style of the European moderna: Brasovan added side wings, using only the best materials and personally planning even the tiniest details. Since it was built, the Metropol Palace reflects the metropolitan soul of Belgrade in its…