BELGRADE DESIGN WEEK 2014

Presenting the BDW DIZAJNPARK exhibition PART ONE
– at the OLD STAKLOPAN FACTORY – in Belgrade, Stahinjića Bana Street 7 – 9, Dorćol, 7th – 11th October, free entry from 10h to 20h – POWERED BY GORENJE
Every year at the BDW DIZAJNPARK, we witness a small but carefully curated selection of design exhibitions, which are strongly related to the famous BDW international conference’s content, presenting the latest global findings of “The Leading Creative Minds of the 21st Century”.
The BDW DIZAJNPARK exhibitions, this year proudly powered by GORENJE, showcase the latest works of from over ten countries. It is a striking display of creativity which surprises, educates and enriches the atmosphere of the event, in yet another “forgotten” iconic urban location, reclaimed by BDW from years of neglect and complete wipe out from the collective memory of the citizens of Belgrade. After finding and rejuvenating the at time empty Palace of Federation, the bombed hotel Jugoslavija, the abandoned Kluz warehouse, the shut down Museum of Modern Art, along with marking numerous other iconic locations in past ten years, BDW in 2014 proudly gives you another gem of Serbian industrial architectural heritage: the old STAKLOPAN factory, smack in the middle of Belgrade’s bustling “silicon valley” Strahinjića Bana Street, yet covered by a layer of invisibility – like the famous phantom building in the movie The Shadow.
OUT OF THE BOX, by Design Museum Holon, Israel

The exhibition describes through common objects, the way in which Israeli designers cope with the passion to create in the face of the necessity to exist. Survival, as is commonly stated, is the mother of all inventions. It seems that in the fields of design, the artists are required to do even more. They are required to think out of the box, to develop a unique point of view, a fresh and unexpected way to observe problems, as well as construct solutions. Supported by the Embassy of Israel in Serbia and the Holon Design Museum.

STRALA IS PRESENCE, by Tom Strala, Switzerland

Independent from ephemeral trends and narrowing norms, Tom Strala realizes unique collections. His objects d’art are known and appreciated both as sophisticated, precise and timeless pieces of art as well as objects of function. Supported by Pro Helvetia.

STILL & SPARKLING , by Nendo for Lasvit Japan and Czech Republic

The Japanese design studio Nendo’s “Still and Sparkling” exhibition is composed of five concepts: press lamps, inhale lamps, innerblow and overflow tables, the x-ray vase and growing vases. Recognized for the duality evident in the research and experimental design approach, the exhibition demonstrates the unique craftsmanship of LASVIT, the leading global glass maestros from the Czech Republic. Supported by LASVIT and the Japan Foundation.

FREEDOM TO RESHAPE, by Konstantin Grčić and Tom Nguyen, Laufen, Switzerland

Working together with Konstantin Grčić and Toan Nguyen, the Swiss ceramic wizards LAUFEN will show to the Serbian audience SaphirKeramik’s formal possibilities, through the realization of a set of washbasins that exhibit the brand’s aim to go beyond the limits of the material. Supported by LAUFEN.

COMFORT, by Lang/Baumann, Switzerland

With their opulent imagery Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann seek a delicate balance between clearly defined categories like public and private space, familiar and strange, art and functionality. Supported by Pro Helvetia.

Juxtaposition by Nicolas Le Moigne, Switzerland

Nicolas Le Moigne is passionate about designing objects in polystyrene, cardboard, plastic, foam or wood, and will present a selection of volumes that became real objects in further manufacturing process. Supported by Pro Helvetia.

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Belgrade design week is a unique, inspiring and one-off design event in this significant geopolitical area. It is the only platform that is really working toward a positive change in the sense of perception and understandings of design profession in countries that formed ex Yugoslavia. I was honored that I was a part of such a beautiful and emotional event.

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