The sarakele studio creates exciting, yet simple and timeless furnitures and interiors - always keeping sustainability in focus. Her experimental, forward-thinking approach goes beyond the visual, exploring new materials and production methods. Localism is a priority, whenever it’s possible she intertwines traditional craftsmanship with state-of-the-art, innovative techniques. She urges factories to focus on sustainability, and awareness on environmental- and societal effects of production.
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2023 Highlights of Hungary, Nomination, Hungary / HU [repeta]
2022 Dezeen Awards, longlisted, emerging design studio of the year category, London / UK [sarakele studio]
2022 Edida Awards, Nomination, Sustainable Project category, Elle Decoration Hungary / HU, [tangens]
2021 Architizer A+Product Awards, Furniture Systems category, Special Mention, New York, USA, [tangens]
2021 Architizer A+Product Awards, Flexible Design category, Finalist, New York, USA, [tangens]
2021 GOOD DESIGN® Award, Chicago Atheneum / USA, [tangens]
2021 RED DOT Design Award, Best of the Best, design concept category, Singapore / SG, [tangens]
2021 BigSee Product Design Awards 2021 Winner, Ljubljana / SI , [tangens]
2020 BigSee Wood Design Awards 2020 Winner, Ljubljana / SI , [bruno desk]
2019 BigSee Wood Design Awards 2019 Winner, Ljubljana [nomad]
2011 Conran Shop Must See Trail, 100% Design , London, ‘[wally]
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Sara Kele is by education an industrial designer, but knowledge acquired at different universities - aesthetics, architecture, cultural anthropology - also affects her complex design approach in various fields of design. Born in Budapest, Hungary, but a wide range of travels around the globe gives deep inspiration for her work, whether it’s the vast horizons of Fuerteventura or the bustling downtown of Barcelona.
A sophisticated approach to sustainability is at the heart of nearly all of her projects. She always keeps usefulness in mind, but her style is characterized by playfulness and kindness, rather than cold minimalism.
Her work so far consists of a colourful spectrum of furnitures, everyday objects, shoes, graphics and interior design projects. Since graduation she's been working as a freelance designer. She's worked in many different team and project structures, workshops, both locally and internationally - for example at the Hiroshi Tsunoda Design Studio in Barcelona; at Artwo Studio in Rome; or with Sausagefence Design Consultancy and Kitchen Budapest in Budapest. In 2015 she co-founded the Fabrika furniture studio in Budapest.
Despite her young age, her work has been extensively recognised and awarded, both locally and internationally. Her objects have appeared in local and international exhibitions, such as the 360DBP, S/ALON, madeinhungary in Budapest, 100% Design and Tent London in the UK, and the Holon Design Museum in Israel, at the DOK#1 DesignSpot exhibition in Denmark, in DHUB Barcelona, and at the Design Korea Fair in South Korea, Maison et Objet Paris, Downtown Dubai.