Young Balkan Designers Competition 2019: Circular Design

Young Balkan Designers Competition 2019: Circular Design

Deadline: February 20, 2019

Application are open for the Young Balkan Designers Competition 2019. The Young Balkan Designers theme for 2019 – “Circular Design” calls for design projects − products, concepts, services and scenarios that can bring the Balkans to the forefront of a much needed paradigm shift in design, production and consumption.

They challenge you to think about circularity of the production process and how it can address the changing needs of product and services users, implementation of local skills and resources, involvement of your immediate surroundings in problem-solving process and production, creating a positive impact, both on your local community and the rising global issues.

The YBD competition consists of 2 parts:

  • Part 1
    • Participation in the Talent Exhibition at Mikser Festival 2019 (30-40 projects)
    • Touring exhibition at design festivals in the region (10-15 projects)
  • Part 2
    • Entering cooperation with regional furniture and product manufacturers (3-5 designers)
    • Participation at Milan Furniture Fair 2020, at Salone Satellite (3-5 projects)


  • Open to all persons born in 1985 and younger;
  • Applicants should be from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey;
  • Applicants may be individuals or groups of creators. Each applicant may submit more than one entry.

Selection Criteria

Criteria appreciated by the Jury are

  • Potentials for circularity of product or its elements
  • Socially engaging and innovative features of the project that enhance the quality of everyday life
  • Ergonomics
  • Rational production and transportation costs
  • Innovative use of materials available locally
  • Implementation of local knowledge and techniques
  • Environmentally friendly production process, innovative use of recycled materials
  • Significant social impact on local community and global issues


Applicants will be able to register and submit their projects by filling in a Young Balkan Designers form online.

For more information, visit Young Balkan Designers Competition.