Mikser organization and Slovenian Center for Creativity are pleased to announce the presentation of the best young designers of the Young Balkan Designers platform at the prestigious Milan Furniture Fair, in April 2021. The jury of one of the most relevant global events in the design world has listed seven winners of the Mikser’s regional competition, Young Balkan Designers among the participants of the prestigious Salon Satellite talent exhibition, with this year’s slogan: Designing for our Future Selves.
After successful exhibitions at the Milan International Furniture Fair in 2009, 2010 and 2011, which resulted in international recognition and cooperation of young Balkan authors with several global companies, Mikser’s annual selection of the best regional talents returns to the world’s design capital with significant novelty – the projects of collaboration of young designers with the five most progressive furniture manufacturers from all over the Balkans –
The new Srem brand “Boreal”, “GIR” from Kraljevo, “Zanat” from Konjic, Zagreb-based “Prostoria,“and “Nunc” from Đakovo – developing innovative sustainable products for the world market, with support from mentoring experts, Jelena Matić, professor at the Faculty of Forestry in Belgrade; Nikola Radeljkovic, industrial designer from the renowned Croatian-Austrian collective Numen / ForUse and Maja Lalić, founder of Mikser organization.
The three new circular products designed by the best young Balkan designers and produced by the furniture companies from the Balkans are being exhibited at Mikser Festival 2020.
“GIR” from Kraljevo, always open to cooperation with young progressive designers, this time supports ideas of talented Marija Kojic from Kragujevac in the realization of two products. The winning prototype of the eco-friendly kindergarten furniture “Zaokret” from the Young Balkan Designers competition, will be presented in Milan in its upgraded plywood version with far less material consumption. The world premiere awaits a new circular desktop concept called “The Rythm,” which is easily adaptable by various add-on elements made of recycled paper and metal, to the work habits and needs of the latest generation of nomadic professionals.
A new, progressive brand on a furniture market, “Nunc” from Đakovo, nurtures the importance of the role of designers in creating the company’s identity and regularly teams up with Balkans rising design stars such as Milija Cpajak and Andjela Jerinic from Belgrade who are developing a series of low coffee tables named “Sofra.” Investigating a common coffee-drinking cultural ritual that entwines the entire Balkans, the duo came up with a new, circular material that comes from coffee grounds of which they make multi-purpose tabletops and add-ons that can easily be transformed into trays or vessels of different sizes and purposes.
All these collaborations aim, on the one hand, to encourage other entrepreneurs to incorporate innovative solutions by young creatives and embrace sustainable production for the future. On the other hand, young designers gain valuable professional experience and start their careers up. Besides, the joint presentation of the best young designers and companies from the Balkans at the Milan International Furniture Fair contributes to Mikser’s decade-long efforts in the worldwide promotion of the creative scene of the Balkans. And, most importantly, the initiative strengthens the cultural and economic integration of the region.