The Jakšić family has been processing stone since 1903 when the great-grandfather of today’s owners received a permit to work in stone. Today’s approach to work is reflected in the interesting and modern design of objects made in small series of production. The Jakšić Gallery combines modern and traditional, using a combination of classic and handmade work, and with the latest technology revives natural material daily. In 2005, they were recognized by “Diatus” – an association of innovators who awarded Ida Jakšić with the prize for best design for her stone flower.
In the gallery, you can find various designed utility objects made of stone, which can be a nice gift for a close person or a business partner. The gallery also offers a rich offer of designed stone furniture that can be an interesting addition to a modern home.
“And let Jakšić live, today and forever. Or at least until Brač’s firecrackers give birth to stone”
We have made the greatest achievements in stone with the Dražen Jakšić Stonemason’s Workshop, so it is impossible to present the stonework without a connection to the large family-owned workshop.
Only small segments of the work are shown on these pages and a more detailed presentation can be found on the pages of the Stonemasonry Dražen Jakšić workshops
Stone processing, production, and creation of numerous final custom products take place in a workshop in Donji Humac on the island of Brač. The workshop can satisfy the most demanding clients with quality processing and modern technology. The large workshop contains powerful equipment, modern machines, and employees who are excellent stonemasons. Their final handwork brings the product to perfection. Our workshop is one of the few that has a permit for restoration on immovable cultural property, in a specific segment of stonemasonry.
STONE IN THE BUILDING
/ stone facades, stone tombs
Within more than a century of continuous work, we have created a significant number of stone structures, of which we single out only the latest in the form of details. With the development of modern architecture, new and different stone facades have appeared. We need to single out the scratched facade designed in our workshop, which today decorate many modern villas in Croatia and abroad. Scratching the grooves in the stone creates lines throughout the entire surface. In addition to modern solutions, a frequent wish of our customers is the antique look of the house and we are able, very authentically, to make all the stonework as it was once performed.
One of our strongest branches of business is tombs and tombstones precisely because of our unique and customed work. Our tombs are authorial works designed exclusively for individual clients. Visual form alludes to or symbolizes important elements of the life of the deceased and his family.
/ stone tables, stone benches, stone basin, stone lamps, stone vases
With its knowledge and possibilities in execution, the Jakšić Gallery is the only one in this area dedicated to the specific and modern design of stone furniture and other stone elements that are the perfect addition to a modern home. We are also proud of the excellent cooperation with the famous Split designer Stjepko Rošin. We turned his ideas and designs into action and presented them in 2014 at the Marmomacc World Stone Fair in Verona. At the moment, in the Split gallery, we have a stone counter made of Stjepko’s works, which is made of Brač stone “Roma”. The desk is designed on a system of modular repetition of a circle whose set creates a fascinating form in an aesthetic and performance sense. In the Brač gallery, there is another counter, of our design, which we presented in 2013 at the world stone fair Marmomacc. The whole form is based on the flow of one line and by changing its direction, surfaces are created for use. One of our best and most popular products is a very specific stone bench which, in addition to the seating area, also contains an additional stone element in the function of a table. Worth mentioning is our stone sink/sink, which already adorns many private villas. Due to its fluttering and refined shape made of a thin wall, its shape alludes to a flower petal. These works are always in galleries and we make them again to order and adapt them to the customer. In the gallery, you can also find stone vases, stone lamps, and many other new works performed in only one copy, because our value and our interests are always focused on the unique design, uniqueness, and quality of the product.
UTILITY STONE ITEMS / SOUVENIRS
/ stone flowers, stone office set, stone candlesticks, stone calendar, stone jewelry
The offer of souvenirs in the Jakšić Gallery is very different from other offers on the market. As in all segments of our work, product design is our greatest value and we pay a lot of attention to design. Frequent complexity in execution leads us to a lot of manual work and a small series of production. Our most famous souvenir is a stone flower which, in addition to the award for the best design, also adorned the stage for the inauguration of President Kolinda Grabar Kitarović. In addition to stone flowers, we also have various versions of the stone candlestick, of which we single out the modular candlestick, the shape of which can be changed depending on the user’s wishes. Our latest product is a very specific stone office set, and the combination of all its elements alludes to the stone wall. It consists of a cube on which is a level and a printed meter; stone tape holder; stone boxes for staples and post-it papers and stone pencil cases. Many more different products await you in the Jakšić Gallery on the island of Brač and Split.
At Christmas time, we pay special attention to Christmas gifts and we have a whole series of special products, and every year we add new ideas. One of our most popular products is the stone calendar, which consists of 14 connected tiles on which the months of the year are printed, and depending on the current date, the tile is separated from the whole.
We also had many orders for custom-made products, ie the design and execution of a utility object for the customer as business gifts to his partners. This principle of work refers to the visual solutions that represent the customer and a result is a utility object that becomes their unique gift.
JAKSICI I KAMEN
The first written record of stonework from the Jakšić family dates back to 1903, it is a work permit in the name of Ante Jakšić, the great-grandfather of the current heirs of the stonemason’s workshop. Antin’s successor, Master Lovre, is a self-taught sculptor whose stone works adorn numerous public areas in Dalmatia, Croatia, and beyond. All his life he studied shapes in nature from natural materials that he collected with minimal finishing touches. His most famous work is “After the Atomic War 1965-1975” – a collection that shows human impressions in Brač stone to look like after the atomic war. He passed on his stone-working skills to many young stonemasons who obtained their craft and work permit by working and learning a job from him. The son of Master Lovre, Dražen Jakšić inherited the family line for the art and art of stone processing, and with his education, he further perfected them. By introducing modern technologies of stone making and processing, he turns the workshop into a modern plant. Thanks to the best-equipped plant, experience, and knowledge, Dražen Jakšić and his team perform the most impressive works in Dalmatia in a stonemason’s workshop, such as post offices, cathedrals, churches, bell towers, private villas, as well as a large number of author’s tombs and altars. she did not remain indifferent to that noble material, creating fashion creations from Brač stone.
After completing their studies in the field of art, new generations of Jakšić, Dina and Lovre join, and the family tradition of stone processing continues through completely authorial works and the Jakšić Gallery is created.
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