The fourth and the last for this year event Melba Live presented the work of three Bulgarian designers from different areas – Illustrator Rositsa Raleva, Founder of Fontfabric Type Foundry Svetoslav Simov and Arch. Maria Baleva from  FUNKT ARCHITECTS.

Like the online Melba archive, the event relies on the quality and deliberate blending of design areas and a set of strong ideas with the potential to change and develop the environment for the better. Another important feature of the presented projects is their up-to-date and recent realization.

Photos by Mihail Novakov

Rossitsa Raleva is one of the most recognizable names of the Bulgarian illustration. More than ten years ago, Dushman, the first brand for cool and cute messages and images of bg brand for T-shirts, started with their husband. She is also part of the Compot team, the art community of short animation, and is behind Finn’s highly-featured films as Father and Traveling Party. Currently, Rossi is a graphic designer in a large American company, but at the same time she is able to work on illustrations of books, posters and other projects that were actually the subject of her performance.

Svetoslav Simov is the founder of the Fontfabric Type Foundry Font Studio and was with us on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the company. He told about the start of the company and how he turned it into the largest Bulgarian font studio. With love and non-stop work, he managed to expand the team and put Fontfabric on the top 3 most viewed Behance accounts and top 2 best-selling fonts with clients like Nike, Nestle, KFC, Lipton, Discovery and many others. Focusing primarily on international markets and fewer local clients, Svet has urged young designers to demand payment of their copyright work and rights to work to build respect and recognition of the creative professions in Bulgaria.

Arch. Maria Baleva from FUNKT ARCHITECTS told us about one of their latest projects – the Company. The customers invite the team to create everything from ground zero and this gives both sides great freedom and huge responsibility. Maria has repeatedly stressed the bitter truth that old crafts and craftsmen who kept them unfortunately have disappeared. For the floor of the establishment, they used broken and discarded plates of different color, texture and size, which they themselves had to place and transform into a modern mosaic because they did not find a master for this task, which was otherwise popular during the Soviet era construction.

MELBA LIVE is part of the Studio Komplekt design initiatives – Melba Design Initiatives. The meetings are a continuation of the project launched in 2017 by the Studio in partnership with NEXT-DC and the Capital Culture Program, a dynamic archive for Bulgarian design MELBA.

MELBA LIVE is co-organized with Fashion Days, the shopping destination for all fashion lovers and good style.