croatian design exhibition 1314

04 September 2014
30 September 2014
The Exhibition of Croatian Design is a juried showcase of recent design production from a two-year period in all design fields. It encompasses areas of visual communication and product design, new media design, fashion and clothing design, enviromental design, exhibition design, concepts, as well as student works in all of the major categories. Taking place since 1999, the Exhibitions of Croatian Design are the only event of this scale and structure in Croatia and were extraordinarily well received by professionals and the public for many years now.

The purpose of the exhibition is to affirm design as an economically, socially and culturally significant profession. With a stern selection of candidate works, only the best of contemporary Croatian design is shown, and a high quality standard and criteria is maintained in contemporary production. Exhibition 1314 aims to cover the entirety of Croatian design production, from highly commercialized projects to those made in a non-profit, cultural and research context. Works will be presented in the following categories: visual communication design, digital media design/interaction design, industrial/product design,  enviromental and graphic interventions and systems, clothing and fashion design and concept.

The international panel of judges consists of: Jan Boelen, curator (Belgium), Vanja Cuculić, graphic designer (Croatia), Branka Donassy, fashion designer (Croatia), Tin Kadoić, graphic designer (Croatia), Igor Kuduz, graphic designer (Croatia), Tihana Taraba, product designer (Croatia) and Armin Vit, graphic designer (USA). They will be awarding works which show excellence in all phases of development and design, and present demonstrative examples of good design practices. Apart from best design awards in each category, a Grand HDD (Croatian Designers’ Association) prize will be awarded to the project which, according to the international judges, has made a considerable leap ahead in the sense of quality, innovation, complexity or clear and strong message of a broad cultural significance.

ICOGRADA, under whose patronage the Exhibition of Croatian Design 1314 is being held, will be presenting a special ICOGRADA Excellence Award, awarded by their panel of judges. The exhibition opens on September 4th 2014 in Zagreb, in the Museum of Arts and Crafts.


Jan Boelen (1967) is a Belgian critic and curator of contemporary art and design exhibitions. He studied product design at the Media & Design Academie (KHLim) in Genk, Belgium. He collaborated with Raf Simons, Studio Makkink Bey, John Körmeling, Thomas Lommée, Dunne & Raby, Marti Quixé, Aldo Bakker, Konstantin Grcic and Joseph Grima amongst others. Jan Boelen is the founding director of Z33, House for Contemporary Art in Hasselt, Belgium. He also chairs the Flemish committee for Architecture and Design. In 2012 he initiated Manifest 9 in Genk, Belgium and he is currently curating the Biennial of Design (BIO) in Slovenia, which will take place in September 2014. After teaching in the Bachelors Department Man and Well Being, Jan Boelen has been head of the Master Department Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven (NL) since 2010.

Vanja Cuculić was born in Rijeka, Croatia in 1977. After completing high school he enrolled faculty - School of Design 1996 in Zagreb. After graduation in 2000 he worked as a designer, and soon after as an art director in an advertising agency BBDO Zagreb. In 2002 he co-founded the design studio Clinica. From 2004 to 2007 worked as an assistant at Architecture faculty, department Design. In 2005 Vanja Cuculić acquires a status of freelance artist and since then works (with regular and occasional associates) under the name Studio Cuculić.

Tin Kadoic was born 1985 in Zagreb, where he lives, studies and creates. Designing from 2002. and working with studios Bunch, Bruketa&Žinić OM, Imago, Tridvajedan, Web burza, Shepoo Arts, Kiosk Studio, Neomedia, Nivas, Heraklo and clients such as Coca-Cola, Adris, T-Com, Snickers, Ericsson, Carlsberg, Nutella. In 2009. co-founds a digital agency Brlog, part of Bruketa&Žinić OM group, where he is in charge of all aspects of digital communication. In his career he is awarded with the Red Dot, ID, Adobe achievement award, IdejaX, Effie, and has exhibited at the HDD Biennale (biennale Exhibition of Croatian Design) , ZGRAF, and smaller exhibitions. For the last two years he is also working as a teaching assistant at the School of Design in Zagreb - Interactive media department, where he leads and organizies workshops, guest lecturers and actively works on promoting interactive media inside the college community.

Igor Kuduz, Born in Zagreb 1967. In 1995 he graduated on the graphics department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 1995 he has been running a successful visual communications studio specialized in publishing and event projects based around culture. He collaborates with a large number of cultural institutions, galleries and museums with exhibitions and the shaping of publications and visual identities. Cooperation has been achieved with: Museum of Modern Art Zagreb, Art History Institute, Klovićevi Dvori Gallery, Glyptotheque HAZU, Croatian Association of Artists, Academy of Fine Arts Zagreb, Profil, Meandar, Association of Croatian Architects and others. He works on publishing projects with reputable international cultural institutions: Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA), contemporary photography magazine Camera Austria, Vienna; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Ludwigsmuseum, Budapest; Goethe-Institute... A winner of distinguished awards and recognitions: Type Directors Club (New York), International Society of Typographic Designers (London), AIGA (USA), How magazine (USA) and others. A member of the comity of the Croatian Photo Alliance. Member of Croatian Association of Artists and Croatian Designers' Association. One of the founders of the Institute for Contemporary Artworks.

Armin Vit, Born and raised in Mexico City, Armin is a graphic designer and writer now living in Austin, Texas. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration, a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one. While he has written for most of the well-known trade publications, he is better known for his writing on the blogs that make up the UnderConsideration online network, as well as from the books he has co-authored with his wife and partner, Bryony Gomez-Palacio — their most recent efforts being Graphic Design, Referenced and the self-published Flaunt. Armin spends a modest time on the road lecturing on any number of topics and can be found anywhere from San Diego to Berlin. Through UnderConsideration’s Department of Design he designs corporate identities, books and web sites for a few clients.

Members of the Icograda Jury together with Branka Donassy and Tihana Taraba are members of the International Jury.

Branka Donassy lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia. Since 2002 the firm Donassy Ltd. has been tying together all her activities in one place. Apart from prêt-à-porter collections she has also continued her activities in the field of theatre and film costume design and participated in art exhibitions in diverse galleries and museums. In such environment, her designs draw their quality from more than 20 years of experience in fashion design and art. Branka Donassy’s name was included into the European Art Lexicon and she received several prizes and commendations for her work. Her personal favourites are the Arts and Crafts Prize of the 29th Zagreb Salon – the most important exhibition of arts and crafts and design in Croatia – that she received for her “Aquarium Bra” and the Tia Maria Prize for the best designer dress of the Miss World ‘95 contest in Sun City, South Africa. In the view of Branka Donassy, her life and work are interwoven, because she understands the creation of fashion as a chance for personal expression. Design is for her both an analytic and sensory act because she works with respect for the properties of her material and during the creation of a collection she oversees every phase in the work of her team. This basis reflects itself in the depth and refinement of the final results.

Tihana Taraba Born in Zagreb 1981. In 2006 she graduated product design at the School of Design in Zagreb. In 2007, together with Filip Despot and Ivana Pavić, she established design studio Grupa. They received their first recognition on the Exhibition of Croatian Design 0708 for design of the Basic collection for Artisan furniture factory. On the Exhibition of Croatian Design 1112 they were awarded for best work in the category Product/industrial design. This award was for their sofa 3angle, made for Kvadra factory. In 2010 they started their own brand Grupa products under which they produce and distribute Model, Arigato and ILI_ILI modular lamps. They exhibit on various domestic and international exhibitions, and their products are published in significant international and Croatian publications.

For more information
Mirjana Jakušić
Secretary of the Croatian Designers Association
+385 98 311630

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