Skopje Design Week 2014

23 - 28 September Kursumli An


About Young Balkan Designers

The regional talent platform Young Balkan Designers 2014 is dedicated to identifying, promoting and developing creative potentials of the Balkans in the field of conceptual and product design. Inspired by Ezio Manzini’s view on design as a catalyst for social change, the Young Balkan Designers slogan for 2014 is EVERYDAY HEROES. It emphasizes the power of simple, incremental changes in social behavior that designers can contribute to their community, collaborating with the locals, visioning and solving local problems and needs related to the economic crisis, limited resources, and the necessity for people to search for alternatives to inefficient public services. YBD was first introduced by cultural organization Mikser in 2010. Now, in the 4th year since its establishment, Mikser joined forces with Croatian Designers Association from Zagreb and Public Room from Skopje to broaden its impact. The two-year program consists of the regional design competition, an international touring exhibition of the winning projects and a series of residency workshops and practical trainings around the region. Winning projects come from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia, but also from Greece, Hungary and Austria.



Mikser - Serbia, Public Room - Macedonia, HDD - Hrvatska



D Day Zagreb (30.05-01.06 2014); Mikser Beograd (05.06-08.06 2014); Edno Design Week Plovdiv (21-30.06 2014); Skopje Design Week (23-28.09 2014); Tirana Design Week (15.09-15.10 2014)


3 IN A BUNDLE by Jelena Holec (Croatia); B LAMP by Andrea Pavićević (Montenegro); FAN SHIELD by Marijana Džambo (Bosnia and Herzegovina); FLEXY LAMP SYSTEM by Avgerinakis Goerge, (Greece); GLASS PILLOW by Marko Oljača (Serbia); HOMELESS IN HEAVEN by Matija Cop, (Croatia); HOT MOUTH by Papadopoulou Gesthimani (Greece); KOTLIC LAMP by studio Presek, (Serbia), KOZOLEC FURNITURE SYSTEM by Niko Crnčević, Lucija Ninćeno & Ana Šolić (Croatia); LOUNGE CHAIR by Tamara Švonja (Serbia); LULIA by Jasenka Džanković (Bosnia and Herzegovina); MOKSITO by Marko Gamser, Miloš Opačić & Nemanja Obradović (Serbia); NEPLUS FURNITURE SYSTEM by Niko Crnčević (Croatia); OUR WARDROBE by Draga Komparak (Croatia); PIKKPACK by Sara Gulzas (Hungary); PLYFUL by Tsvetan Stoykov (Bulgaria); ROŽONJ by Ivan Dorotić and Luka Borčić (Croatia); S3 by Octavia Badescu and Alexandru Ionita (Romania);STRIPE by Natali Ristovska and Miki Stefanoski (Macedonia); SUPERHANDLE, Nikola Krivokapić (Serbia); TERCA TABLE by Uroš Janković (Serbia); THE LAMP by Tamara Švonja (Serbia); TOY FOR A NEW HEROES by Milena Jovanović (Serbia); USEDI.SE by Darja Rant (Slovenia); ZIG ZAG by Snežana Jeremić (Serbia).


Aleksandar Velinovski, Ivana Borovnjak, Jelena Matić, Konstantin Grčić, Maja Lalić, Nikola Radeljković

“The standard is pretty good and encouraging. I definitively see a growing confidence amongst these young Balkan designers, not only about their roots, but most importantly about their own interests, their own stories and concerns. Young Balkan Design has attitude, and that means there is a future here! It is very rewarding to see these projects, the talents, the effort and hard work which has gone into making them. Well done Balkan Designers!” - Konstantin Grčić.

3 IN A BUNDLE, Jelena Holec (Croatia)

In order to find out what is beneath the layers, you must start by opening the package. Аlthough at the first glance it looks like a small cubic bag, the package actually hides three items with various purposes. The idea is a fashionable and useful article, which can be a jacket and a bag depending on the user’s choice. When the jacket is taken out – the bag can be used as a separate item. All this leads to the personal decision of a user on how to use this object, which makes the user vital to the creative process.

B LAMP, Andrea Pavićević (Montenegro)

Inspiration that lead to development of this project is a result of experiments with different materials of various colors. B Lamp is a freestanding floor lamp. It is consisted of two key elements: the silver base that can be excluded, and the upper part of the lamp that is shaped like a plate. Insides of the plate are made of bronze that offers special light-effect. Тhe external part of the plate is black, which provides an interesting contrast to the bronze and the silver base.

FAN SHIELD, Marijana Džambo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

This project is inspired by origami. Transformation of two-dimensional form into 3D objects is useful and very applicable in the field of design. Therefore, Fan Shield can be a very interesting example where a decorative surface element (two-dimensional graphical form) becomes a functional product.

FLEXI LAMP SYSTEM, Goerge Avgerinakis (Greece)

A pendant flexible lamp system that it`s made from 100% natural beech wood. The tilt brackets can transform it in various diameters and the lamp units can also be adjusted in many angles. 100% natural, 100% biodegradable, 100 recyclable, from certified local wood raw sustainable logging. Less energy and no waste.

Glass pillow, Marko Oljacha //Seriba

Travel pillow for passengers sitting next to the window. It attaches itself to the glass by vacuum that prevents any slipping of the pillow during sleeping.

HOMELESS IN HEAVEN, Matija Čop (Croatia)

Homeless don’t poses much more than their clothing. This is why the designer connected them with fashion. Every homeless person could be an authority when comes to dressing. Homeless in Cloud is a conceptual work presented in fashion magazine enhancing homeless people of Zagreb. Magazine questions the world of fashion in ironic manner from the perspective of marginalized social groups, to give voice and "fashion dominion" to the homeless.

HOT MOUTH, Gesthimani Papadopoulou (Greece)

This project uses archetype, its original form and function. Archetype, wooden oven is a heating mass and heating is its main purpose. In today’s society and its crisis, the lack of suitable conditions may cause people to loose communication and socialization. In this sense, this is a urban object that bares a simple idea to offer a place for dialogue, warmth and food.

KOTLIC LAMP, studio Presek (Serbia)

These lamps are inspired by Serbian culture and tradition – mostly by the objects from everyday life. Main inspiration in this case is pad for the soup pot. In the folk culture tripod is a pad for the kitchen pot, which we considered and interpreted in such manner that the pad became a base for the lamp. Instead of a soup pot, there is a light on the inside that hangs free in space.

KOZOLEC FURNITURE SYSTEM, Niko Crnčević, Lucija Nićeno and Ana Šolić (Croatia)

If we presume that the school has an enthusiastic professor, willing to apply new educating methods and individual approach for each student – we can imagine the space necessary to accommodate these conditions and practices. The basic idea is a functional module that can stimulate communication and at the same time solve the spatial problems in building process – that can be applicable in other schools with similar problems.

LOUNGE CHAIR, Tamara Švonja (Serbia)

Lounge chair is made of solid wooden frame that is lled and covered with stretched impertex cloth. Wooden slats are forming two sides of the chair that serves as a frame for the fabric. There is no ordinary pillow accompanying the chair, but the impertex cloth serves this purpose by falling freely between the frame structures, thus by creating a sitting place. The fabric is easily adapted into a sitting space by following the form of a human body.

LULIA, Jasenka Džanković (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Lulia is a swing for everyday use that radiates the spirit of traditionalism and old crafts. New stories of traditional craft begin with the knitted ropes of swings. Quality of this product is not only in the traditional process of production, but in the functionality of it. The swing also has a purpose of being a pillow that guarantees comfort while used.

MOKSITO, Marko Gamser, Miloš Opačić and Nemanja Obradović (Serbia)

Three time-wasters were exuberant when an ordinary mosquito net changed their days of leisure into productive work days. Nobody believed them that a mosquito net can be used instead of the subtle silk net in any scenario, but everybody went silent when they saw fantastic and authentic pixelate prints that these three time-wasters printed. And so it happened that the three time-wasters, aware of their enormous success, undertook a mission of searching a name of a brand that will mark their product.

NEPLUS FURNITURE SYSTEM, Niko Crnčević (Croatia)

Neplus furniture system was created by reevaluating the worth of material possession on one hand, and the need for ecological product for everyday usage on the other. The name "Neplus" implicates a certain Latin expression that states: "Ne plus ultra", which means "Nothing further". Through thorough analysis it is concluded that the ecological aspect of the product shouldn’t be based on continuous recycling in the goal of buying more and more products, but that it should be based on expansion of life cycle of the entire system, as well as the needs of the consumers.

OUR WARDROBE, Draga Komparak (Croatia)

Main goals of this project are raising awareness about people without homes and poverty problem solving by the community. The products of this project are centers that gather clothing donations when there are some extra cotes in our closets. It is very hard to ght poverty or ask for help individually. By setting the closets next to the containers, this project is trying to point out that - what street means to some of us, may signify home to others. The target group that the project speaks to is both - wealthy individuals and the community. The closet is made of wood with waterproof nish.

PIKKPACK, Sara Gulyas (Hungary)

After long footwear design experimentation, Sara wanted to create shoes by using as little material as possible while involving people into the production process. The shoes are made by just one leather peace, and souls are handmade and sewed. Pikkpack shoes can be made according to the consumer wishes thanks to cotton laces of various colors. They are made of at leather peace of premium quality, and in further use the consumer may transform them into the spacious form of a shoe, formed and ensured by the laces.

PLYFUL, Tsvetan Stoykov (Bulgaria)

Plyful is a portable furniture set that can furnish an entire room. While contained, this furniture set equals the magnitude of two greater suitcases. Set includes several furniture pieces: bed with the inatable mattress, wardrobe piece with space for hanging clothes and with drawers, computer desk with storage capacity, a chair and two cabinets.

ROŽONJ, Ivan Dorotić and Luka Borčić (Croatia)

Rozonj is a wooden product designed for small pelagic sh (sardine) baking. It is created as a result of thorough analysis and formal and functional reinterpreting of local traditional methods of sh preparation. Traditionally, this preparation was done by using an improvised wooden object specically popular at the Dalmatian island Vis. By observing indigenous and specic manner of preparation of this popular and available sh, authors saw the opportunity to afrm and additionally promote these methods. At the same time, they used these traditions to motivate and involve the local community.

S3, Octavian Badescu and Alexandru Ionita (Romania)

The goal of this project is to offer help in the area of effective startup founding of smaller and larger companies, and help with their further growth and development. While working on this project, the aim was to create a product that can be easily produced by simple tools and materials ready for use, and without the usage of complex high-tech machines that can often be expensive. S3 chair is simple, minimalistic and colorful, made of natural materials like wood and felt. It is a rather small object, easy for handling and imagined to be used with lightheartedness.

STRIPE, Natali Ristovska and Miki Stefanoski (Macedonia)

Stripe is a multifunctioning box that enables self-made design of personal composition. A single element makes the basis of lightweight storage and shelving box. There is a range of possibilities of different forms and congurations that can be created. The boxes must be connected in order to form adaptable furniture.

SUPERHANDLE, Nikola Krivokapić (Serbia)

Super-handle is designed with focus on functionality when comes to transport of "clunky" objects that are not suitable for carrying. It easily becomes indispensable tool of your everyday activities. It is consisted of plastic handle and pair of straps connected with a buckle. Installation of this tool is very simple. The length of the strap is adapted to the object of transportation by the buckle. Super-handle can be used individually, or when situation demands it – in pairs.

TERCA TABLE, Uroš Janković (Serbia)

The fact that the wood is specic material of excellent acoustic characteristics and therefore mostly used to create musical instruments inuenced the creation of Tierce Table. Combining modern technology and traditional material was a mission of this project. Users can play their favorite song by inserting their MP3 or phone into the table cable port and the effects of sound will change drastically.

THE LAMP, Tamara Švonja (Serbia)

The goal of this lamp is to show that re-wood can be used for different purposes than simply heating. Additionally, by using this material in such manner, the life cycle of wood is prolonged and environment is saved by another day. The idea is to raise awareness about the protection of nature and its resources that we use every day.

TOY FOR A NEW HEROES, Milena Jovanović (Serbia)

By presenting the new form of classical souvenir, the set of toys containing plastic funnel and wooden mixed spoon was created and packed in cardboard box. The concept of the toy is invented with the intention of inicting freedom and imaginative playfulness that are considered by many experts, to be one of the best ways for learning and catalyzing child development.

USEDI.SE, Darja Rant (Slovenia)

Collection of handmade POUFS was created with intention of using local materials of natural origin, suitable for different usage. This object can be used as POUF or a table, as a toy for children, the exercising ball or a decorative object. It is also important that the handmade product created from natural materials is produced by processes that don’t pollute the environment.

ZIG ZAG, Snežana Jeremić (Serbia)

Zig Zag is a regular ruler with a twist. When wanting to create a triangle, users would usually use the triangle-shaped ruler. However this ruler usually has a xed angle. Zig zag is a combination of traditional ruler, triangle-shaped ruler and a protractor. This way, by using notches on the surface, user can easily draw angles of various sizes.

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