30 of the most successful examples of Bulgarian design in the last year were exhibited together

30 of the most successful examples of Bulgarian design in the last year were exhibited together

The exhibition, entitled Review of Bulgarian Design Now 2018, which is part of the the Melba Design Festival , brought together for the first time ever 30 examples of Bulgarian product design and ceramics, fashion and textile, graphic design, illustration, jewelry and social design. The participants and the works that were part of Review of Bulgarian Design Now were selected by Studio Komplekt, which has been involved in the field of design for more than 10 years. UniCredit Bulbank is a partner of the exhibition.


The exhibition was officially opened on 8 November at UniCredit Studio by Enrico Minniti, the General Manager and Deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the Bank. Irina Dakova from the Culture Department of Sofia Municipality also delivered an address to the authors featured in the exhibition. 

The exhibition will remain open to visitors until 1 December. The visitors will be able to nominate their favorite design for this year. 

The works selected under the Product Design and Ceramics Category are those of Konstantin Achkov, Ina Damyanova, Furthermore, tochka&tochka and Elitsa Boneva. What unites the examples is their innovative approach and their strong impact on the design of interior spaces. 

The Social Design Category highlights how design can improve the environment and pushes people to think about the validity of the generally accepted norms. Powerful examples presented at the exhibition are the promenade in Varna, Democratos, the Monumental Women Campaign, a system of signposts for wayfaring tourists in the city of Sofia and the Hidden Letters Project. 

The projects selected in the Area of Graphic Design are those which showcase the wide application of graphic design in print, the Internet, advertisement, culture, business, production, etc. Participants in this category are Four + Studio, Krasen Krastev, Next DC, Studio Punkt, Gabriela Staykova.

Illustration is an area of design that has developed unprecedentedly in the last few years in Bulgaria, because it gives people both the free rein to express themselves and the opportunity to actively promote the works and their authors in Bulgaria as well as abroad. At Review of Bulgarian Design Now 2018 illustration was represented by Borislava Willnevermadeit, Ti-re, Lyuba Haleva, Kostadin Kokalanov, Rozalina Burkova.

Neva Balnikova, Velislava Bozhinova, Tsetsa Georgieva, the Sphere Project, and Evgenia Tsankova will present jewelry that they have created, the unifying theme being “jewelry seen as a form of creative visual experiment”. 

At Review of Bulgarian Design Now 2018 the Fashion and Textile Category will be represented by Stefan Karchev, Mila Chorbadzhieva of Shevitsa, Chopova Lowena, Softer Wilde and Stampa.

Address of the exhibition:

UniCredit Studio Gallery

12 Knyaz Aleksandar I Str., city of Sofia

Working hours:

Monday to Friday, 10 am - 6:30 pm

Saturday, 11 am - 5 pm

Free entrance


The MELBA Festival is part of the MELBA Design Initiatives and it is a continuation of the MELBA Dynamic Archive of Bulgarian Design which was launched at the end of 2017 by Studio Komplekt in cooperation with NEXT-DC and Sofia Municipality Culture Programme | melba.bg.

About UniCredit Studio:

The UniCredit Studio Gallery of Contemporary Art was founded in the beginning of 2012 after Bulgaria was selected from among more than 20 European countries to host the first UniCredit Studio subsequent to the one that was opened in Italy. It serves as a contemporary art platform, its mission being to present the art of young Bulgarian and international artists.

 Since it opened its doors the gallery has hosted the exhibitions of young and talented Bulgarian artists like Andrey Hambarski, Ivaylo Hristov, Ognyana Serafimova, Velizar Dimchev, Nora Ampova, Radoslav Ninov-Rudi, Yana Lozeva, etc.

In 2016 the gallery hosted the world-famous exhibition Living on a Dollar a Day: The Lives and Faces of the World’s Poor by Renée C. Byer, a photojournalist and Pulitzer prize winner.

The gallery has facilitated momentous photography events such as Fotofabrika Festival, Photography Month, etc. As of the beginning of 2017 UniCredit Studio has a new home in the renovated ground floor of UniCredit Bulbank located on Sveta Nedelya Square right in the center of Sofia.

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