Thanks to all designers who are responding to our invitation to submit their idea or prototype in the initiative New Models of Everyday – a selection of these would be presented in the third edition of the exhibition Review of Bulgarian Design Now in November 2020 as part of the festival MELBA.

Proud to present our second participant – Zahari Radev with his portable grill and fire pit – RAZGAR. It was created with the idea that it can be easily and conveniently transported anywhere, without the need for unnecessary fuss or maintenance. Especially suitable for camping, which does not leave a mark. We find a special charm in the personal story behind the creation of the product. RAZGAR takes us back to the 1970s, when the great-grandfather of the industrial designer Zahari Radev made his first barbecue grill out of an old metal drawer. The present sees an improved and perfected version of his idea.

The product also bears the mission to support small crafts and enterprises, to pay tribute to crafts and the tradition of transmitting such valuable and masterful hand skills. Following the example of the industry of this past, RAZGAR is created to be used for a long time, to be extremely durable and even made of natural materials. Its author Zahari Radev shares:

RAZGAR has been developed in the last two years to reach the current look. The starting point is the inspiration and admiration I have for my great-grandfather. This product shows respect for him and his family of industrial revolutionaries. RAZGAR was invented, tested and put into production with the idea to be produced in Bulgaria by craftsmen and master specialists in this field, to support small productions, studios and workshops, as it was during the times of my great-grandfather and his family.

Follow RAZGAR or order one for yourselves at the product’s web site here or in Instagram.


New Models of Everyday is a project by Studio Komplekt and part of our design initiatives Melba. Participate with your creative idea, prototype or realisation. The frames are wide and welcoming all forms of creativity and design. You will find more detailshere.


This week we launched the initiative New Models of Everyday Life – an invitation to designers from all disciplines and creative dedications to send their idea, prototype or a realized project that gives a solution to a specific problem, offers a better approach, provokes reflection and expands our worldview, or gives us courage, hope and joy. Some of the received projects will be included in the annual exhibition Review of Bulgarian Design, scheduled for November 2020 as part of the annual Melba Festival.

We are happy to present the first participant who accepted our invitation to open and inaugurate the initiative. This is Maria – an independent illustrator, founder of “Missmetoday?”, a lover of unicorns and chocolate. She sincerely loves her job and tries to find as much time for it as possible every day. The work “Mariana”, shown here, is part of the long-planned project “City Heroines”, which is currently being implemented with the support of Sofia Municipality, under the initiative “Solidarity in Culture”. “City Heroines” focuses on the unexpected and not well recognized champions and Maria has already prepared a long list of most diverse ladies, where the personal story always leads the way.

“Today, a special emphasis is placed on women’s rights and their support for each other. But what impressed me is that the focus is mainly on ladies from the past or those who have already succeeded. These examples are wonderful and inspiring, but I find it much more motivating to draw inspiration from someone who is available and you can meet every day. I myself am constantly looking for such examples and I am extremely interested in how each of us copes with the hardships of life. I want to shift the perspective to the present and the unexpected heroines of everyday life.”

Here is what Maria shares about Mariana: at her small place you can find everything – from meatballs, through french fries, to burek peppers. I love the neighbourhood pubs and small bistros, where it is not shiny and is often unsightly, but it is insanely delicious and you can talk to any customer as if you were childhood friends. Mariana saved my life when my daughter was still a small baby. We ate with her regularly. Later, when my daughter turned 2, she started eating her meals. For a long time we accepted Mariana almost as a member of the family. Today, Mariana continues to work on the front line. You can find her on Hemus, opposite the 102 bus stop.

Follow Maria for other stories in charmingly detailed illustrations in Instagram and in Facebook.


New models of everyday life is a project of Studio Komplekt, part of our Melba design initiatives. Participate with your creative idea, prototype or realization. The frames are wide and welcoming all forms of creativity and design. You will find more details here.


The collective drive to invent a variety of small or grandiose solutions and gestures to improve everyday life stands out even more in the ubiquitous times of emergency. They come as a proof of the fantastic labor and creativity of designers to invent ways that can make us happy and be of serve for a long time. Their ideas draw new patterns of interaction with our environment, motivated by a common sense of valuable contribution.

We launch a new initiative-invitation to all designers – send your idea, prototype or already realised project that you would like to present to the world to power it with the opportunity for a more meaningful and better way of life, a certain solution to a current problem or with courage, hope and spontaneous joy. We welcome all design disciplines, and with no limits to creativity.

Why participate:

We’ll upload the project to our Facebook covers and share it on all our media (Instagram and website) with a short presentation. Some of the works will be selected for presentation in the third annual edition of the exhibition Review of Bulgarian Design, part of Melba – Sofia Design Festival in November 2020.

How to participate:

Send us your creative idea, prototype or already realised project related to the topic New Models of Everyday Life. The framework is wide and it can be anything – illustration, graphics, 3D print, intervention in an urban environment, product, prototype of a real product or application, media, provocation for a certain community, support for a small business, communication, identity, interactive experiment, digital museum … The important requirement is that you are a designer of Bulgarian origin, the idea is original, and related to the creation of design for the current world now.

And more specifically:

– all materials should be send to / subject Оpen Call New Everyday Models; 
– files should be mastered in well known formats like .pdf, .jpeg, .gif, or assembled in Dropbox, Google drive, similar type of online portfolio;
– short description: title of the idea, name of designer/studio + links (site, social media), up to five sentences on the story of the idea – the motivation behind it and how it can be developed in the future.

The invitation is open from today until the 19th of August 2020.

Thank you in advance for your participation and we remain available for questions.

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