Dear colleagues and friends,


Cultural organization Mikser from Belgrade, furniture manufacturer Nunc from Slavonia (Croatia) and the Faculty of Forestry of the University of Belgrade are proud to invite you to the opening of the exhibition “Young Balkan Designers: HERE AND NOW” presenting the winners of the first round of the special edition of the Young Balkan Designers regional competition.


The members of the competition Jury, consisting of renowned international and regional design experts, Marva Griffin, Henriet Val, Nikola Radeljković, Jelena Matić, and Maja Lalić, selected 60 projects from 14 countries of the region, to present the full potential of the regional creative scene which will be on display to the Belgrade audience from October 11 to 18 at the Faculty of Forestry. The selected projects successfully responded to the call of the competition under the slogan “Here and now” to provide innovative, sustainable, flexible solutions for spaces where the worlds of living, working, playing and exchange increasingly overlap and dynamically change.


The expert team of the Nunc company will select projects among the exhibited works that will be developed into products in the coming months and presented at the International Furniture Fair in Milan in April 2024, as a part of their regular production program. Nunc owes its witty and refreshing approach to design to the cooperation with emerging designers from all over the region, many of whom made their debut on the international stage through the Young Balkan Designers platform.


This unique example of regional cooperation between the creative, academic, and manufacturing sectors makes up for the lack of institutional support for young talents in further training and employment in the sector, but also significantly contributes to the regional exchange of young professionals and their visibility on the international stage.


The exhibition opens on October 11 at 6 p.m. in the main hall of the Faculty of Forestry, 1 Kneza Višeslava st., Belgrade. On this occasion, a special guided tour through the Arboretum of the Faculty of Forestry will be organized for all interested visitors from 5:00 p.m. (1 hour before the opening of the exhibition).


The exhibition will be open to visitors until October 18, 2023.


Below is the agenda for the opening of the “Young Balkan Designers: Here and Now” exhibition:

17.00   Professional Guided Tour through the Arboretum of the Faculty of Forestry

18.00   Opening Ceremony

18.15   Welcome speech – Nevena Vasiljević, Vice Dean, Faculty of Forestry

18.18   About YBD special competition, cooperation with Nunc – Maja Lalić, Mikser

18.20   Nunc Vision – platform for young designers: Markica Stanušić, Nunc

18.25   About the Jury and the winners of the competition – Maja Lalić, Markica Stanušić

18.28   YBD awards ceremony:

– Awards for participation in the exhibition, prof. Jelena Matić, YBD jury

– Awards for selection for Nunc product, Markica Stanušić, Nunc

18.40   Photo shoot of all participants with plaques and members of the Mikser and Nunc team

18.45   Cocktail / Tour of the exhibition

20.00   End of the event