DESIGN WITHOUT BORDERS – An exhibition of works by Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak and Swedish designers


Friday 31 March, 6:00 pm — Sunday 7 May 2017

Új Budapest Galéria, 1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11–12. (Bálna)

DESIGN WITHOUT BORDERS – An exhibition of works by Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Slovak and Swedish designers 

Opening and presentation of the Design Without Borders Awards on 31 March 2017, 6 pm

Professional expo-day: 1 April 2017, 11 am to 2 pm

The exhibition 12th madeinhungary + 5th MeeD presents works by nearly 100 designers from 11 countries. Alongside objects created by regional designers from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary, for the first time in the history of the exhibition, furniture, home textile and design objects by artists from Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden will be on view.  The exhibition includes products that are mass produced or made in small numbers, as well as unique objects that transgress the borders of various genres. One of the explicit goals of the curators is to present the refreshing newness and diversity of contemporary design, so inventive works that reflect individual approaches have been included alongside objects created in keeping with current trends. The opening speech will be delivered by Beata Jaczewska, who as the director of the International Visegrad Fund is a figure of international esteem and prominence. Among the Hungarian young and mid-career designers, several participants in the exhibition are recipients of various Hungarian and international awards. International participants include designers such as Helena Darbujanova and Jaroslav Juřica from the Czech Republic, Cecile Manz from Denmark, Jaanus Orgusar from Estonia, Hanna Särökaari from Finland, Raimonds Cirkulis from Latvia, Dorota Koziara and Tomek Rygalik from Poland, Simonas Tarvydas from Lithuania, Runa Klock and Kristine Five Melvær from Norway, Linda Svensson-Edevint and Markus Johansson from Sweden, and Michal Riabic from Slovakia. They have won prestigious awards with their work, such as the Red Dot Award. The project Texhibition, which forms a separate section of the exhibition, is a collaborative endeavour among five Hungarian textile manufacturers and nearly twenty textile designers. It also includes works by students of MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design and the University of West Hungary. Continuing the tradition of previous years, the exhibition will again be accompanied by productions from other fields of the arts, programs concerning the profession and several guided tours. In recognition of the participants’ achievements in the field of design, the organizers of the exhibition founded the Design Without Borders Award. The jury members, who are renowned specialists in the field of design, will give awards in recognition of originality, innovative solutions and design content. The awards will be presented during the opening ceremony. The ambitious show is being organized and curated by Szilvia Szigeti, a textile designer and recipient of the Ferenczy Noémi Award, and interior designer Tamás Radnóti. The designer couple completed their studies at the MOME Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. They are also the founders of Eventuell Gallery and recipients of the Hungarian Design Award and the Lajos Kozma Grant. In addition to doing their own work in textile and interior design, they have organised nearly 200 exhibitions and programs. In their current form, madeinhungary, which was launched in 2004, and MeeD – Meeting of European and Central European Designers, launched in 2012, are the result of unparalleled professional collaboration in Hungary. Between 2004 and 2012, madeinhungary was an independent section of the HomeTrend exhibitions organized at the Budapest Kunsthalle, the Gödör Klub and the Budapest Millenáris. In 2013 and 2014, madeinhungray+MeeD were organized as part of the Design Week.

Financial support: International Visegrad Fund, NKA, CIG Pannónia Insurance Company

Partners: the Budapest Gallery, the Czech Centrum, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Denmark, the Estonian Institute, the Polish Institute, the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia, the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway, the Cultural Institute of the Republic of Slovakia, the Akademie Schloss Solitude (Stuttgart), the Lodz Design Festival, and DESIGNBY.slovakia.

Aste Meritum Kft, Csárda-Tex Kft, Lénárd Zászlókészítõ Kft, Rovitex Hungária Kft.


The exhibition is part of the Budapest Spring Festival

On view: 31 March – 7 May 2017.

Open daily except Mondays, from 10 am to 6 pm

Venue: New Budapest Gallery, 1093 Budapest, Fővám tér 11–12. (Bálna Budapest)