A self-initiated design & research project that explores the use of bukaleta, a traditional Croatian pottery jug from the regions of Kvarner & Istria. It is a contemporary adaptation of the traditional design.
The bukaleta (greek bokalion, italian boccale) is a glazed jug made of baked clay. It has roots in Italy and Austria. In northern Adriatic and Istria it appeared in the 20th century. Traditionally, it was used for joint wine sipping after a busy day and today it is primarily a symbol of socializing and community gatherings. Unfortunately, the bukaleta is rarely used and it is most often a commemorative souvenir or a decorative element in many taverns in northern Adriatic and Istria.
Project Pij! gives a new life to this very interesting traditional object. Its new use is envisioned for the three essential rituals of a modern man — enjoyment of coffee, tea or wine. The jugs retained all of their traditional characteristics except of the size, which was adjusted according to new uses. They are ergonomic and pleasant for drinking coffee, tea or wine, either through their beaks or sideways.
By removing the traditional ornaments that were painted on the bukaletas, a clean form has emerged, which celebrates the very object and invites us to use it.
Pij! — A festive friendly exclamation traditionally written on bukaletas, usually accompanied with the name of the person the bukaleta is intended for, e.g. Pij Ivane! (eng. Drink John!).
Client: Self-initiated; Concept & design: Sabina Barbiš & Mario Depicolzuane; The set is handmade by Nenad Matković; Prototyping: Nenad Matković & Ivica Štefančić; 2012–2014