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VENANDI lampshades: Husband and wife Ľudka and Juraj make their own chandeliers – Hashtag.sk – Hashtag.sk

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#Ľudka and Juraj are a very smart and resourceful couple who founded their own business during the pandemic. The couple decided to produce their own lamps and shades under the VENANDI brand. Several reasons led them to do so, but one of them was the recently closed brick-and-mortar stores and the not-so-flattering selection of shades online. So they set out on their own! What are their final products and what was the story of the VENANDI family business? In today’s interview, Ľudka and Juraj will tell you about their beautiful journey to their dream! Ľudka, Juraj, you are the creators of the original Slovak brand of Venandi lampshades. How did this idea actually come about?
Ľ: Our acquaintances would probably tell you that both of us have always been creatively skilled in this way. Nevertheless, we were studying something completely different, and making interior accessories was rather a virtue out of necessity. When we didn’t find anything we liked in the store, we made it ourselves. You need a little skill and courage for that. That is all. We came to lampshades by accident, like most good things in my life. We were finishing the house and urgently needed lamps for the living room. We have a natural interior and an open ceiling, so we couldn’t just leave cables with sockets in it like 50 percent of the household when we moved in. I spent hours on the Internet because all brick-and-mortar stores were closed due to the pandemic situation. But I couldn’t find anything that would suit us. J: So we made the chandeliers. I have ordered all the necessary components. At that time, I was already quite active in the production of furniture, but also lamps, so I had some contacts. Ľudka ordered the cheapest lampshades over the Internet, which suited us in terms of size and shape, and then stitched them on the half-finished kitchen counter. Ľ: At that time, we knew absolutely nothing about lampshade production techniques. It was all about improvisation, but these chandeliers are still hanging in our house today. They have an awful lot of flaws, but they are placed so high – who would change them now? At least we know where and how it all started. As you already mentioned, the production of lampshades was new for you. But they did a great job with it, how did this whole learning process go?
J: It was completely new for us. In Slovakia, we didn’t even have anyone to consult with, since no one was doing anything similar here. However, I am quite determined about this. I started looking for as much information as possible, contacts, instructions, videos, simply everything that would move us somewhere. Ľ: He used to ask me casually: “Honey, could you do this?”. I would never have dreamed that he already had a whole plan in his head. And one day a courier stopped at our door and brought a wire bender. I almost fainted. But that was not all, in a short time we also had everything necessary for welding at home. J: So I hired an acquaintance who had been welding all his life, and I learned to weld. Ľ: It was worse with the shades. I was referred to video tutorials. We were lucky to have suppliers who initially sent us some tips and tricks. Everything else was trial and error. J: At the beginning, we tried to optimize the production process as much as possible and to get as many necessary components as possible in Slovakia, from Slovak suppliers. That was my floor. Your shades are truly unique. Where do you get your inspiration for their design?
Ľ: The more I know about the production of lampshades, the more ideas and possibilities come to mind. First of all, I try to make lampshades that you cannot normally buy in a store. I don’t mean the shape, but the finish. With fabrics or patterns that are perhaps more expressive, but just such a lamp is an interior decoration and will not disappear in the space. My absolute favorite are shades where the pattern or photo is hidden inside. At first glance, you have no chance to notice them. It will all become clear to you in the evening when you light such a lamp. We noticed on your site that you also offer custom shades. Is it a situation where the customer gives you free rein? How does this process work?
J: Customers often want to consult with us. Sometimes they have a lamp and need to adjust the shade to it. Other times they come with a photo of the living room or chest of drawers. They know in which corner of the room they want a lamp, but they don’t know which one. We are here to show them the options, or guide them as to what size shade will be most suitable. Ľ: We have already matched the fabric for the lampshades according to the collection of vases. Everything is possible and that is the greatest charm of such handmade custom production. We like that you link your production with Slovak producers. In this way, the beautiful Tatárik collection was created in cooperation with the Selčian potter Peter Tatárik. How did this idea come about and how did you work on the joint project?
Ľ: My grandparents were master potters, so I was always close to ceramics. I was looking for a way to offer our customers a comprehensive product. You choose the body of the lamp, complete it with a lampshade. For me, the added value is that I can influence the production. Not by putting my hand to the work in the workshop itself, but rather by the fact that the size, shape of the lamp and the color of the glaze will be variable. In this case, however, we let Mr. Tatárik have a free hand in the production and subsequently produced lampshades. There are no longer as many potters in Slovakia as there used to be, and this cooperation created our regional product. Do you see your work as a reference to classic Slovak hand-made production? What message would you like to convey to customers with your products?
J: We live in such a fast time that you can buy anything you can think of. However, it is perfect – and we come across this more and more often – that people are starting to think more about what materials they invest in, what they surround themselves with at home. The next time you buy a lamp, look at the manufacturer’s label. It will most likely not be from Europe. And that’s about it. About sustainability. Even buying a lamp can be an investment in a way, and it’s up to you how you use it. If you choose an imported prefab, it is very possible that you will change it within five or seven years. At least that is our experience in repairing old lampshades. However, I would not call our products a traditional Slovak product, because the production of lamps is not part of our cultural heritage. However, for us it is definitely honest handwork. Each of our products passes through our hands hundreds of times before we package and hand them over. That is our biggest added value. Do you agree with the statement that lamps complete the atmosphere of the interior?
Ľ: Just as a poorly chosen lamp can spoil the overall impression of an interior, a good lamp with well-chosen light can save a lot. We completely agree with this statement, which is why we tend to overwhelm our customers with questions at the beginning. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a bad lamp, only a poorly chosen type of lamp. Sometimes it is enough to change the light bulb, other times to change the shade, and the atmosphere of the interior will be unrecognizable. On the robene.sk platform, we also admired your beautiful linen shade with a hidden rose motif inside. What other diverse types of fabrics and materials do you use in the production of lampshades?
Ľ: Materials are my parquet. We can make a shade from any material. The rule is that the thinner the material, the easier the production. But I have already made lampshades from jute and woven archival hemp and it was possible. In the beginning, I preferred natural materials. It was about my preferences and beliefs. Then a coincidence that doesn’t exist (smile) led me to a digital fabric printer and it completely changed my perspective on fabrics and materials. We currently offer cotton, linen, jute, velvet, velvet, but also polyester satin (photos stand out on it) and decorative fabrics. We also do not object when the customer sends us his fabric. On the contrary. Then we are sure that the shade will be exactly as our customers dreamed of it. Which shade or lamp from your workshop are you most proud of?
J: For me as a guy, the most interesting is the Venandi Collection. They are industrial lamps. I like the simplicity and austerity of this style, and it was missing from our offer for a long time. So I invented, drew and made them myself. Ľ: I have a new favorite every month. But I adore two table lamps: Ľubena and Marína. And also a huge macramé lampshade, which we also have published on the mentioned portal robene.sk. In Vanandi’s offer, we were also very interested in your own “creative box”, thanks to which a person can make a lampshade with his own hands. Was there a demand for something like this, or was it more of a non-standard idea that customers fell in love with? Ľ: To tell the truth, I liked this idea the most at the beginning. I’ve always been creative, and if I got something like that, I’d jump to the ceiling with joy. This whole concept was intended as a unique creative gift with the option of choosing fabric and foil. At the same time, it is also a preliminary preparation for the workshops that I have already planned for this fall. You will have everything you need to make the lampshade ready in the box and I will help you finish it. J: Even if you buy furniture, in many cases you have to assemble it at home, so why can’t we also assemble lampshades. In the beginning, people were aloof, but the further they go, the more they gain courage. It’s really not a difficult process. What were the reactions of those around you when you mentioned your creative plan? Was making VENANDI a difficult journey, or was it something you enjoyed?
J: I enjoyed it (smile). Ľ: It took me a while to identify with it (laughs). J: To tell the truth, I am convinced that no one from our surroundings was surprised. Our house also has a lot of details that we made ourselves. It was rather just a matter of time before we came up with something. As with any form of business, there have been many obstacles, but so far we have been able to handle everything gracefully. Are you preparing any interesting news in the VENANDI offer?
Ľ: I have a lot of ideas (smiles), I’ll see how we can divide it strategically in the calendar. But what I can tell you for sure is that you will definitely see us at some markets this year. Starting from autumn, we also start workshops with the production of classic lampshades and simple macrame applications and lampshades. We are also already working on the first collection of decorative pillows and other home textiles. In this way, we would be able to offer customers a larger range of products and the possibility to fine-tune the interior in detail. And what would you advise budding Slovak entrepreneurs?
J: My only advice is mainly to start. That’s the hardest part of it all. Ľ: And to find someone who will force you to step out of your comfort zone like me Juraj. This is the only way you can make progress, whether professional or personal. J: In our case, I have the enterprising spirit and megalomaniacal vision, and Ľudka is the one who keeps it in a healthy form down to earth. That’s mainly why it works the way it does. If you liked the lampshades and lamps of the unrepeatable and unique Slovak brand VENANDI, you can buy them right HERE! Do you want to be constantly in the picture?

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