Ana Gruden

»Usually I fall in love with a certain piece of furniture and build a story around it. But with me it’s not all about the looks. Rather than that I try to create a cosy atmosphere and a feeling of warmth. One should feel that things were created thoughtfully and with a lot of love in mind. For me home represents the third shell of humans: the first shell is our body, the second is our dress and the third shell is our space, which creates atmosphere and influences our mood. Therefore living in a well designed space makes our lives considerably better.”


Born on 05 April 1974 in Postojna, Slovenia.

Ana graduated in architecture (Faculty of Arcitecture Ljubljana) with focus on interior architecture from the University of Ljublijana and did a master in cinematography (AGRFT - The Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television with a focus in Aesthetics in film). 

Ana studied several years abroad: 1992-1993 in Venice (Fashion Design), 1998 in Barcelona (IAAS scholarship), 1999-2000 Denmark (Architecture) and 2002 in New York (New York Digital Film Academy). Afterwards she worked for several years in Slovenia. She planned and supervised several housing projects and worked as production designer for various film production studios (Renderspace, Arcadena Studio). In addition she taught design (2000-2006) at the IAM - Institute and Academy of Multimedia, SŠOF – Secondary School of Design and Photography, Instituti Callegari - Academy for Design, Cene Štupar.
In 2004 her design textbook "Media Images, Kaleidoscope of Style and fashion " was published by the Slovenian publishing house Premiera.  
In 2005 she came to Berlin and was granted a DAAD (German academic exchange service) art scholarship from the Universität der Künste Berlin (Berlin University of Arts, DFFB - Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin) 2006-2007. In Berlin she worked as artist and photographer and took part in various exhibitions. She did numerous interior design projects of condominiums. 

Currently she works self employed as architect/ interior designer. In addition, she is a trained yoga teacher and teaches in several yoga studios.
Due to her her various stays abroad and versatile professional experience she speaks various languages apart from German and Slovenian, also Italian, Spanish, English, Polish and Serbo-Croatian.


Work in progress


Working with my most devoted assistant

Choosing second hand material for our project

Creating a unique pattern with an old cement tiles

Searching for suitable materials is always better in a good company

Having fun after a succesful conclusion of a project