Saturday, January 12, 2019

Call for Designs: Young Balkan Designers 2019 Competition

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 product design. The initiative also aims at unifying regional design scene, bringing it closer to the international market, strengthening its potential by providing additional education and practice, while at the same time contributes to the restoration of multi-cultural cooperation in the Balkan region.

Young Balkan Designers theme for 2019 – “Circular Design” calls for design projects − products, concepts, services and scenarios that can bring the Balkans to the forefront of a much needed paradigm shift in design, production and consumption. We challenge you to think about circularity of the production process and how it can address the changing needs of product and services users, implementation of local skills and resources, involvement of your immediate surroundings in problem-solving process and production, creating a positive impact, both on your local community and the rising global issues.

The YBD competition consists of 2 parts:
Part 1: Open Call: “Young Balkan Designers: Circular Design”
The Jury will select the first round of works to be presented in the Talent Exhibition at Mikser Festival 2019 in Belgrade, from 24-26 May. Based on exhibited prototypes at Mikser Festival, the Jury will select the final winners of the YBD19 competition whose prototypes will be included in YBD 2019 touring exhibition at regional design festivals

Part 2: Collaboration with manufacturers
During Mikser Festival 2019 a series of workshops and special meet-ups between the final competition winners and representatives of selected regional furniture and product manufacturers will be organized to detect the designers’ capacities to enter the second part of the competition –  collaboration with companies on development of a concrete desing product or a service. Successful prototypes developed through this collaboration will be exhibited at Salone Satellite within International Furniture Fair in Milan in 2020 at the companies’ expenses. Based on results of potential product’s presentation at one of the most important global fairs, companies will define the future development of potential products, with possibilities of serial production, which would be a subject to a separate agreement between the company and the designer.

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  • Awards – Part 1
    • Participation in the Talent Exhibition at Mikser Festival 2019 (30-40 projects)
    • Touring exhibition at design festivals in the region (10-15 projects) 
  • Awards – Part 2: 
    • Entering cooperation with regional furniture and product manufacturers (3-5 designers)
    • Participation at Milan Furniture Fair 2020, at Salone Satellite (3-5 projects) 

Please visit the official website for more information about the egibility

How to Apply:
Please visit HERE for applying 

20 February 2019

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