The historic fishing village of Novigrad is situated in a fjord-like bay in the Croatian region of Dalmatia. Located in the center of the picturesque old town, Kuća Kamena is a traditional Dalmatian stone house with a turbulent past: It traces its origins to the 16th century, but has existed in its present form since the middle of the 19th century. In the 1990s it was damaged by war and occupation. Its restoration and redesign started in 2011 using traditional techniques and local materials. Much attention was paid to preserving the original character of the house and yet a modern ambience has also been created.
You enter the house via a terrace, which also provides access to a separate bathroom. From the kitchen, dining and living area a staircase leads up to the “Writers Room” and the adjacent bedroom, which is decorated with furniture from the 19th century. Rustic wooden beams and old stone walls create an authentic atmosphere.
Pictures by Tom de Gay
Boris Kajmak is a Croatian interdisciplinary artist and designer who assimilates artistic thought into the architectural perception. Like with Kuća Kamena his creative process starts with the end product: consumption of the space. When renovating, non tangible elements like sounds, smells and light define the structure.
His conceptual approach has generated sculptures, design, and architectural pieces that have been exhibited internationally since 1999. After graduating in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of Mostar (BIH) in 2004, he obtained additional MA at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2005, London (UK). Boris Kajmak currently lives and works in Rome, Italy.