INTERNATIONAL DESIGN SYMPOSIUM

The International Symposium is a one-day event, part of the Melba Design Festival, which welcomes leading creative professionals from the contemporary european design and focuses on topics such as media, fashion, product, digital and graphic design, visual communication, illustrations and more.

The lecturers you can see and hear on November 10th at Generator are Penny Martin (editor-in-chief, The Gentlewoman), Mikkel Christopher (program lead, SPACE10), Maciej Mach (UX / UI designer, School of Form), The Project Twins (illustration), Dechem (glass, product design), Folch Studio (visual identity, media), UNIT9 (digital interactive design). 

Penny Martin is a founder-editor of the award-winning female magazine The Gentlewoman. Previously she was a curator at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, and President of Fashion Photography at the University of Arts in London. She participates in numerous international publications, consults in several world beauties and fashion houses and is trustee of Studio Voltaire in London, where she lives.

The Gentlewoman is a magazine that celebrates modern women with style and purpose. The incredible, twice a year edition offers a fresh and intelligent fashion perspective that focuses on personal style – the way women actually look, think, and dress.

Albert Folch is the creative director and founder of Folch Studio with educational background in graphic design, geology and photography. His renowned career in the design world has led him to numerous seminars and conferences in different international design and business education centers, including Bauhaus and ESADE.

Rafa Martinez is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Marketing Strategy at Folch Studio. Rafa contributes to the development of the studio through its strategic vision and journalistic approach as well as its overall branding and communications experience. Together with Albert they organize conferences and seminars of festivals and events around the world.
Folch Studio is based in Barcelona, designs concepts, brands and stories that reach and engage audiences in a new paradigm.
Karol Goreczny is a multidisciplinary artist and designer. In 2010 he started his career as a designer at Saatchi & Saatchi. In 2013, he decided to move to London, where he joined Unit 9. The theme of Karol’s lecture will be “Designing New Technologies.” The virtual reality, the expanded reality, all the new technologies have a common trait – interactivity. How to design it, engage users and focus on the message we want to convey.
UNIT9 is a production studio focused on VR, digital, gaming, innovation and movie films with offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Berlin and Florence. Carol has the chance to gather experience in many different design areas, working for brands like Google, Nike, Adidas, Nissan, Fendi, Sony Pictures and others. In 2012 he won a Young Lions Design competition and became a Polish representative at Cannes Lions in Cannes. Receives awards like The FWA, Awwwards, The Webby Awards, KTR.
Maciej Mach is a UI / UX designer with over 12 years experience in the field and a teacher living and working in Poznan, Poland. Designed websites and user interfaces since 2005, working in interactive agencies for about 6 years, creating websites for brands like VW, Skoda, Honda, BP, KPMG or Avon. Since 2011, he has been working as a freelancer and his professional life is closely related to the so-called “streak-up” companies in Europe and the United States.
Maciej Mach is a teacher at the School of Form since 2013, which is part of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Poznan. Education has a tremendous impact on it and becomes the second passion.
Michaela Tomišková and Jakub Janďourek founded Dechem Studio in 2012 in Prague. They first met at the Novy Bor Glass School, where they develop their passion for glass art. They focus on product design, paying special attention to the glass, exploring the traditional techniques of Bohemian techniques and the surprising connections of their various forms. The studio creates unique lighting fixtures and objects and exquisite decorative elements.
DECHEM has regular appearances in renowned professional magazines, exhibitions in Milan at the Rosanna Orlandi Gallery and participation in the London Design Festival. They are also the winners of the Czech Grand Design Award.
Mikkel Christopher is a program manager of SPACE10, a creative producer who works to turn ideas and concepts into reality. It’s part of SPACE 10 since it opened in 2015.
SPACE10 is a laboratory of the future. The multidisciplinary team studies and designs innovative solutions to some of the major societal changes that are expected to affect people in the coming years. Based on these insights and teachings, they strive to create better and more sustainable ways of life.
James and Michael Fitzgerald are The Project Twins – Irish brothers work together in a number of disciplines, including illustration, design, printing, drawing and three-dimensional work. They produce a variety of work, including editorial illustrations, book covers, advertising campaigns, and large-scale wall and artistic projects. Their customer list includes names like Facebook, The Guardian, New York Times, WIRED, Fast Company and The Economist.
The graphic identity is by Next-DC

MELBA DESIGN FESTIVAL

After launching an online archive for Bulgarian designers and live shows, we are happy and proud to announce the first edition of MELBA Design Festival – an event for design, creativity and visual experiments. The festival takes place as an exhibition – a review of Bulgarian design and an international symposium. We start with the exhibition “Bulgarian Design Now”, which opens in Sofia on 8th of November, 19:00 at UniCredit Studio.

The focus of the festival is the international symposium – an event that welcomes leading creative professionals in the contemporary design.

The International Symposium will take place at Generator on 10th of November. The tickets are on sale, and the available seats are limited.

You can buy your ticket here: MELBA TICKET
18-31 October – Early Birds 50 BGN
1-10 November – 70 BGN

Lecturers:

PENNY MARTIN – editor in chief of The Gentlewoman – a magazine which celebrates modern women of style and purpose. Its fabulous biannual magazine offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that’s focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress.

Folch Studio Strategic Narrative Design – designs concepts, brands and narratives reaching and engaging audiences on the new paradigm. Based in Barcelona, Spain.

Karol Góreczny – art director at UNIT9 – is a global production partner with a specialized team of innovation architects, product designers, software engineers, gaming experts, creatives, art directors, designers, producers and film directors.

MACIEJ MACH – an UI/UX designer with over 12 years of experience who advises, consults and delivers carefully crafted solutions for both companies and individuals. A teacher at the School of Form since 2013.

Michaela and Jakub from Dechem – a sophisticated story about materials, traditional production techniques and lyrical forms through their hand-made glass products. Partners in both work and life, Michaela and Jakub founded Dechem studio in Prague in 2012 after gaining extensive experience in design and production and create one of the leading Czech design studios.

Mikkel Christopher – program lead at SPACE10 – a future living lab on a mission to enable a better, more meaningful and sustainable life for the many people, to explore and design new ways of living. Test and try new ideas and solutions in a non-commercial environment. Look into new directions and explore emerging potentials.

James and Michael – a collaborative art duo from Cork The Project Twins – works across a broad range of disciplines including illustration, design, print-making, painting and three-dimensional work.

 

Melba Design Initiatives

Idea and execution: Studio Komplekt

Co-organizers and visual identity: NEXT-DC

Partners:
Sofia Municipality
Чешки център София / Czech Centre Sofia
Instituto Cervantes Sofia and Embassy of Spain
Polish Cultural Institute
Embassy of Ireland Sofia
ИКЕА

MELBA LIVE #3 RECAP

The third edition of MELBA LIVE gave a great start to the new season of Melba Design Initiatives. We had the honor to present three very successful in their field Bulgarian designers: fashion designer, journalist and professor at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) – Nikolay Pachev, London-based illustrator Dessy Baeva, and the creator of the snowboard stockings Stinky Socks – Hristo Petkov.

MELBA LIVE presents distinctive contemporary projects by local designers from different professional field. In an interesting and inspiring way, they introduce us to the history of their brands and reveal details of their exciting current projects.

The event was organized with support by Fashion Days, thanks to which visitors received a gift bag with an illustration by Dessy Baeva plus a pair of special Stinky socks.

We are thankful for the nice photos to Mikhail Novakov from Twin Pickles.

More about his work told us Nikolay Pachev – a fashion stylist and author of fashion articles. He has made photo sessions for most Bulgarian fashion magazines. In 2003 he was in the top 10 of the Berlin Grand Prix International and in 2004 he won the prize for best young designer in Brno at STYL and KABO. He has won the Mittelmoda The Fashion Award three times. Nikolay has graduated from the New Bulgarian University and is currently assistant professor of Fashion at the NBU Master’s program. He told us about his project ALL U Re – a place with an up-to-date and precise selection of world fashion brands and their seasonal visions. You can follow their feed at the ALLUReinwhite instagram page.

Dessy Baeva is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in London. She graduated in Illustration at Southampton Solent University. Her work is inspired by feminism, youth, collage, texture, poetry, video, color, music and Bulgarian mountains. Dessy Baeva’s clients include Warner Music; Good Grain Bakery; House of Content; ICU publishing; Collection and Co; Code Hospitality. She walked us through the timeline of her projects, told us what motivates her in her work and from where she draws inspiration for her memorable illustrations.

Hristo Petkov told us about all his various projects, from the beginning and Ninja Squad to the creation of the world-famous Stinky Socks brand based in Bulgaria. We received a huge amount of inspiration and ended with the story that led to Stinky Family’s latest project – the movie trailer for the “Stinky Movie”, which has been on a world tour since October and the premiere for Bulgaria will take place on October 20 – Stinky Movie Sofia Premiere.

Special thanks to the three guests and all the visitors.
We are expecting you again!
More information about upcoming Melba events can be found at Melba Design Initiatives.

EASTERN DESIGN CONFERENCE

The Eastern Design Conference will take place on 26-27 October in Kosice, Slovakia. Design and business come together to show the selection of the best we know as the East. The East here is not a physical space, but rather a concept best described with the words “What is not West”. Although this is a bipolar concept that both divides and unifies, the conference should not be considered as exclusive but absolutely inclusive.

What can visitors expect? First, will be considered the location-specific capabilities, the specific knowledge that has been created under the effects of the eastern European, unique environment, and the applications that have emerged from it and are still under development. Here, we are not just thinking of designer skills, but also entrepreneurial skills. These are both related and interconnected in the work of a designer. This is one of the questions we would like to discuss — right, good attitudes and best practices.

The organizers are changing the concept of a conference of that type. In many conferences the speakers, besides presenting their own portfolio, do not provide to their audience any additional information or takeaways on the thoughts or processes of creation. Although these occasions are unique opportunities for knowledge transfer. We would like to change this and that is why the second idea came to call the customer and the designer together on stage so each of them would describe the genesis and the process of their specific project from their own perspective .

At the conference participants will be able to get in direct contact with the speakers and have the opportunity to build new relationships. We are planning various hands-on practices with local design/art schools in form of workshops and different participation possibilities on the Eastern.

You can still buy tickets: Eastern Design Conference

SPEAKERS
Studio Feixen (CH)
Lars Harmsen / Slanted Blog Magazine (DE)
Ali Ali / Good People (EG)
Liv Siddall (UK)
Jan Franciszek Cieślak / DobryZnak (PL)
Peter Hajdin + The President of Slovak republic (SK)
Martin Bajaník (PEKNE & DOBRE) + YEME plnochutné potraviny (SK)
David Gauquelin (HU)
Studio Najbrt + Masarykova univerzita (CZ)
Marvil + TON design (CZ)
Petra Dočekalová (CZ)
CZECHDESIGN (CZ)
MODERATOR
Oliver Klimpel (DE)

MELBA LIVE #3

The new season of MELBA Design Initiatives has begun. London-based illustrator Dessy Baeva, fashion designer, journalist and professor at the New Bulgarian University (NBU) – Nikolay Pachev, and the creator of the snowboard stockings Stinky Socks – Hristo Petkov, are the three names in the third edition of MELBA LIVE by Studio Komplekt.

Dessy Baeva is an illustrator and designer who lives and works in London. She graduated in Illustration at Southampton Solent University. Her work is inspired by feminism, youth, collage, texture, poetry, video, color, music and Bulgarian mountains. Dessy Baeva’s clients include Warner Music; Good Grain Bakery; House of Content; ICU publishing; Collection and Co; Code Hospitality.

 < illustration Dessy Baeva >

The second guest in Melba #3 is Nikolay Pachev – a fashion stylist and author of fashion articles. He has made photo sessions for most Bulgarian fashion magazines. In 2003 he was in the top 10 of the Berlin Grand Prix International and in 2004 he won the prize for best young designer in Brno at STYL and KABO. He has won the Mittelmoda The Fashion Award three times. Nikolay has graduated from the New Bulgarian University and is currently assistant professor of Fashion at the NBU Master’s program.

< Nikolay Pachev, Photo by Tihomir Rachev >

More about his Stinky Family will tell us Hristo Petkov – one of the founders of Stinky Socks – based in Bulgaria designer socks for sport and everyday use, which reflect the lifestyle of the snowboarder. The company started as a hobby among friends, but a few years later it became a successful business. The socks are sold on six continents and the brand is supported by a number of professional snowboarders, photographers and artists.

< Photo by Nadezhda Chipeva >

< Stinky Socks SS’18 Lookbook, Photographer John Garduno >

< Stinky Socks SS’18 Lookbook, Photographer John Garduno >

MELBA LIVE is part of Studio Komplekt’s design events Melba Design Initiatives and presents topical and remarkable with its approach projects of local heroes of design in different spheres. In an inspiring way, they tell the story of their brands and reveal details of an important and exciting new project. The main focus is the ideas and processes behind each of them.

MELBA is organized with the partnership of Fashion Days, the shopping destination for all fashion lovers.

All MELBA LIVE #3 guests will receive a bag with a print of Dessy Baeva. And the first 80 arriving at the event will get special Stinky socks.

You are welcome on October 10th at Generator, the doors open at 18:00.