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YOUNG BALKAN DESIGNERS

Back to YBD Balkan Design in Milan Balkan Design in Milan initiative connects all relevant design presentations of Balkan companies and design collectives during Milan Design Week

Back to YBD Meet Young Balkan Designers 2022 The winning projects of the Young Balkan Designers competition that will represent regional creative scene at Salone Satellite of Salon

Meet Young Balkan Designers

Back to YBD Meet Young Balkan Designers 2022 The winning projects of the Young Balkan Designers competition that will represent regional creative scene at Salone Satellite of Salone del Mobile are selected by the international jury of relevant figures in the field of contemporary design and

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Balkan Design in Milan

Back to YBD Balkan Design in Milan Balkan Design in Milan initiative connects all relevant design presentations of Balkan companies and design collectives during Milan Design Week 2022 gathered around the informal Balkan Design Network established with the aim of providing mutual support and uniting voices

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Young Balkan Designers at Salone Satellite 2022

Back to YBD Young Balkan Designers at Salone Satellite 2022 Fiera Milano, Rho / Hall 1-3 / Booth B02-C01 At the Salone Satellite of International Furniture Fair in Milan 2022, Mikser presents the winners of its signature competition Young Balkan Designers whose projects enhance human well

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Young Balkan Designers (YBD) is a regional talent platform founded in 2011 with the aim to identify, promote and develop creative potential of the Balkan region in the field of design. The initiative also aims at unifying the regional design scene, bringing it closer to the international audience, strengthening its potential by providing additional education and practice, while at the same time contributing to the restoration of multi-cultural cooperation in the Balkan region.

Young Balkan Designers theme for 2022 – “Life Hacks for Health & Wellbeing” called for design projects, objects, concepts, services, scenarios and inventions which create a “shortcut” between sustainable living and wellbeing, provoking conversation on alternative and “outside of the box” approach to designing and re-imagining healthier everyday worlds: at home, at school or work, in public, in our intimate and community spaces, urban and rural environments, in our physical and digital realms.

We challenged young designers to emerge positively from the pandemic and use those enlightenments to twist and band the current “state of the art” in design practice to make space for unconventional, witty interventions and “fixes” which contribute to life-promoting environments and use nature-based solutions to address physical health, but also enhance the experiences of human-nature interactions, good relationships, social connections, solidarity and sharing, inclusion, belonging and multitude of other positive emotions through engagement of all senses, addressing neglected needs, or introducing quite surprising and unexpected functionalities, etc. We encouraged young creators to surpass limitations and dependency on massive, industrial production and lead the way towards self-sustenance and easily personalized solutions, increase of inclusion and equality by creating a choice & flexibility for different needs and supporting members of families, teams, communities and social networks to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and come together to help each other.

International jury consist of Marcus Fairs, founder and editor in chief, Dezeen.com, UK, Ana Kraš, artist & designer, Serbia / USA, Vasso Asia and Loukas Angelou, founders, StudioLav, Greece / UK, Jovana Zhang, founder, Pinwu studio, Serbia / China and Denis Leo Hegić, designer & curator, founder Supermarket Lab/Unblock Art Fair / Museum of Now, Germany.

Young Balkan Designers theme for 2022 – “Life Hacks for Health & Wellbeing” called for design projects, objects, concepts, services, scenarios and inventions which create a “shortcut” between sustainable living and wellbeing, provoking conversation on alternative and “outside of the box” approach to designing and re-imagining healthier everyday worlds: at home, at school or work, in public, in our intimate and community spaces, urban and rural environments, in our physical and digital realms.

We challenged young designers to emerge positively from the pandemic and use those enlightenments to twist and band the current “state of the art” in design practice to make space for unconventional, witty interventions and “fixes” which contribute to life-promoting environments and use nature-based solutions to address physical health, but also enhance the experiences of human-nature interactions, good relationships, social connections, solidarity and sharing, inclusion, belonging and multitude of other positive emotions through engagement of all senses, addressing neglected needs, or introducing quite surprising and unexpected functionalities, etc. We encouraged young creators to surpass limitations and dependency on massive, industrial production and lead the way towards self-sustenance and easily personalized solutions, increase of inclusion and equality by creating a choice & flexibility for different needs and supporting members of families, teams, communities and social networks to develop and maintain healthy lifestyles and come together to help each other.

International jury consist of Marcus Fairs, founder and editor in chief, Dezeen.com, UK, Ana Kraš, artist & designer, Serbia / USA, Vasso Asia and Loukas Angelou, founders, StudioLav, Greece / UK, Jovana Zhang, founder, Pinwu studio, Serbia / China and Denis Leo Hegić, designer & curator, founder Supermarket Lab/Unblock Art Fair / Museum of Now, Germany.

PLACES OF YBD

JURY & MENTORS

Maja Lalić

Mikser, Creative Director

Jelena Matić

Proffesor, Forestry University, Belgrade

Nikola Radeljković

Numen/ForUse, Croatia

Marcus Fairs

founder and editor in chief, Dezeen.com, UK

Ana Kraš

Aartist&designer, Serbia/America 

Loukas Angelou

designer, founder StudioLav, Greece

Vasso Asfi

designer, founder StudioLav, Greece

Jovana Zhang

designer & founder, Pinwu studio, Serbia/China

Denis Leo Hegić

curator, founder Supermaret Lab/Unblock Art Fair/Museum of Now/ Monolog, Germany

Konstantin Grčić

Konstantin Grcic Industries, Germany

Jan Boelen

curator, Belgium

Ladeja Godina Košir

founder platform Circular Change, Slovenia

Orhan Nikšić

founder & CEO, Zanat, Bosnia&Herzegovina

Tomislav Knezović

Chairman, Prostoria, Croatia

Zoran Jedrejčić

industrial designer, Croatia

Ivana Borovnjak

designer, studio Oaza, Croatia