Today begins Design Week! Next week's theme will be FASHION. I'm keeping it fresh and creative over here because they attract more interest than the political posts (not that they will disappear forever).
Today's post is on the only Bulgarian designers I could find anything on: Svilen Gamolov and Petar Zaharinov. I hadn't highlighted Bulgaria yet and today was the day. Design is a bit of a tricky topic because that includes a lot of mediums: architecture, interiors, products, graphics, industrial, etc. I decided to focus more on products and furniture because I want to do a separate week of architecture and the rest feel too unwieldy as topics. The design of everyday objects will be a great foray into the artistic yet pragmatic side of CEE.
|Poison Bar Stool, Gamolov (cgart.bg)|
I like his work and the bar stool to the upper right reminds me of hyperbolic planes (Note: this video is Vi Hart). If you need a more basic overview of what that is, Wiki can help you. Though the back of that chair looks mighty uncomfortable, I love the molded foot rest. I would like to see that incorporated into more furniture. I love this chair as well because it is so plant-like while not being utterly absurd. The origami feel of this coffee table is beautiful, though I would prefer it to be out of a material that's more like paper. I don't know what that would be, but I'm not the designer. I would love a sturdy paper feel to the table. I saw some chairs that were designed out of recycled newspaper while searching for designers, so that's an idea. I could go on and take you through more of his work, but click on the links and you'll find a lot to look at.
|Interlocking table (pesheto.org)|
What I like the most about his work is that it adds a playful element to furniture. It's not like Ikea where you assemble furniture yourself with some tools, but it's like a Rubik's cube that you have to figure out on your own. It also brings back the art of joinery without adhesives or metal. I wish there was more of Zaharinov to drool over, but that's all I found.
If you're interested in finding a few more Bulgarian designers, you can browse here. I must warn you that sections of the website are in Cyrillic with no translations. I also searched for some on a design website, so more are available here.
For architectural design, look at Zoom Architectural Studio.