Naja Utzon Popov
Naja has a creative family background: her grandfather, Jørn Utzon, designed the iconic Sydney Opera House; her mother, Lin Utzon, is a prominent artist; and her father, Alex Popov, is an acclaimed Australian architect. Naja has always been exposed to contemporary design. These influences find expression in her work, where she translates her encounters with nature into textiles, glassware, ceramics and sculptures. By adding her own personal touch to works that beautifully combine contemporary design with Mother Nature’s gifts, Naja carries on the family tradition of creating outstanding art.
Naja has created gravity-defying clay sculptures for the Rosendahl A/S corporate headquarters in Copenhagen, and the Institute of Architects in Barcelona commissioned her to create a presentation sculpture. A monumental outdoor sculpture entitled 'Gathering', which rises from the ground like ancient columns formed from Welsh slate, was commissioned for the corporate collection of the Danish organisation, Humana. One of her more recent projects for a sculpture installation was for art collectors Sheela & Ivan Levy's new restaurant in Palma de Mallorca, Fera Restaurant. Other sculptures and installations have been purchased by the likes of Saks Fifth Avenue, Lovell Chen Architects and the new hospital wing in Copenhagen's main hospital designed by 3xN Architects, to name but a few.