Peter Florjančič

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Peter Florjančič was born in Bled, Kingdom of Yugoslavia back in 1919. When he was sixteen, he was the youngest member of the Yugoslav skiing team. In 1943, during the Nazi occupation of Slovenia fearing he would be called to serve the German Army he and a friend decided to take a skiing trip to Kitzbuehel, Austria.

He was able to fake his own death, escaping over the border into Switzerland. The Germans caught up to him and placed him in an internment camp. While there he invented a loom that was used to help disabled servicemen.

After the war in 1950, he moved to Monte Carlo where he invented the perfume atomizer. He has lived in Monaco, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. He has also invented some plastic ice skates, the plastic zipper (1948). He invented the first airbag (1957), however at the time the materials were substandard, both of which were perfected at later dates.

At the writing of this post I understand he is still alive at 100 years young. He is almost blind but still working making sketches of more inventions. During his lifetime, he as lost several fortunes over the course of his career.

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Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - that's another incredible story.  Quite the history.  

Jan 10, 2020 03:45 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Peter has a flair for creativity. No stopping him! Enjoy your day!

Jan 10, 2020 04:15 AM #3
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

He sure was always thinking however, he should of worked on his business skills. He could have made some serious money on his ideas.

Jan 10, 2020 04:26 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

His perseverance paid off well.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jan 10, 2020 04:34 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. What an interesting life this guy has made for himself.

Jan 10, 2020 05:41 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Wow, living to be 100 years of age is quite an accomplishment in and of itself.

Jan 10, 2020 05:42 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

My goodness, James... this might just be one of the most interesting people you've written about.

Jan 10, 2020 06:09 AM #8
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I think it would be really exciting to be around Peter even at 100 years old James Dray 

Jan 10, 2020 06:53 AM #9
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I just think about all the people you have featured and thank you for giving us the opportunity to get to know them. 

Jan 10, 2020 06:55 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That story is worth a book and a movie that I would be glad to read and to see.

Jan 10, 2020 07:16 AM #11
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtor, Philly Main Line

A very creative soul and an inspriation to all of us to not stop thinking and creating.

Jan 10, 2020 07:47 AM #12
Kevin J. May
Florida Supreme Realty - Hobe Sound, FL
Serving the Treasure & Paradise Coasts of Florida

He'd probably have given Takata a run for their money with his version of today's airbag. Peter's definitely a varied multitasked inventor for sure.

Jan 10, 2020 09:44 AM #13
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


Wow he certainly had a diverse life as well as inventions. This was fascinating!


Jan 10, 2020 10:28 AM #14
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a great story!  And I am glad he is still alive and in a creative mode.  What will he come up with next?  A

Jan 10, 2020 10:44 AM #15
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi \James and what an interesting man!!! You could never say that his mind wasn't active. 

Jan 10, 2020 11:24 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Peter is living quite the life. To continue sketching possible inventions at his age with his limited vision is inspiring.

Jan 10, 2020 02:31 PM #17
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

What a creative guy! Glad he is still innovating.

Jan 11, 2020 07:08 AM #18
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

what an amazing collection of inventions he has given the world! Thanks for sharing

Jan 12, 2020 06:00 AM #19
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Given the genius that Peter Florjančič possessed and the inventions that he made, it seems like he should be sitting on a fortune.

Jan 13, 2020 10:12 AM #20
Paula McDonald ~ GRI
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Interesting James! I would love to hear some of his tales as I am sure there are many!

Feb 08, 2020 08:01 AM #21
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