Exterra is the studio of ceramic designer Anja Čop, which opened its doors in Portorož. The space combines the function of a working studio as well as a sales gallery for ceramic products, crystals, and photographic books.

In Latin, “ex terra” means “from the Earth,” given by the Earth. Anja draws inspiration for her products from the gifts of the Earth, the beauty of landscapes, and crystals: she transforms minerals into functional ceramic products. These principles also guided the interior design: organic, soft, irregular shapes, the use of natural materials, earthy tones, and a sense of airiness in the space.

It’s essential for the products to stand out, so the space is very clean, minimalist, and bright. The walls are plastered with clay plaster, which gives a natural and homely look with its irregularities. Ceramic tiles resembling travertine are used for the flooring, combining the natural appearance of stone with the practicality and durability of ceramics.

Functionally, the space is divided into a working area and an exhibition area. While creating, the designer can directly interact and connect with her customers. Customers, in turn, can curiously observe her work and experience her products.

Interior Architecture of a Ceramic Workshop and Store
Building Type: Public Facility – Ceramic Workshop and Product Store
Client: Private Client
Location: Portorož
Year: 2022
Total Area: 56 m2
3D Visualizations: KF Visualization
Project Authors: Nina Mei Gaiman inter. arch.,
Živa Lutman MFA Design

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Exterra is an enchanting studio in Portorož, where functional ceramic products inspired by Earth’s gifts and landscapes are showcased in a warm, minimalist space that lets their beauty shine.

The space offers various options for displaying the products: dynamic wall niches, wooden shelves, display tables, and a lower wooden platform in the shop window. The main focus in the space is the clay design workstation, including a pottery wheel. Part of the counter is dedicated to design, while the other part serves as a cashier and a point of sale for the products. The counter has an organic shape, and its exterior is adorned with a small ceramic mosaic, adding an extra dimension to the space.

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Special design elements are brass metal pendant lamps floating above the working counter. Attention is also drawn to the exhibition tables with organic shapes and a tree that symbolizes nature and life. The clay kiln is placed in a corner and concealed behind a semi-circular curtain made of non-flammable fabric, adding a touch of softness to the space.

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The result of renovating the former business space is a warm, airy, and bright environment, where the exhibited clay products truly shine.

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