Contemporary design in the countries once known as Eastern Europe remains widely unknown to most of us. The reason for this lies in the fact that many of these countries’ processes of opening up have been in parallel to their slow industrial, technological and cultural development. And understandably, design, architecture, interior design and handicrafts have also endured a slow modernisation process.
However, new talents from the majority of these countries regularly attend international fairs to demonstrate their position as future names in the world of design, advocating their own careers and also their countries of origin. Their influences, embracing the political moments that they witnessed growing up in their respective homelands, are noticeable even today in many of their newer projects. Projects which, owing to that special handmade aesthetic, are now occupying a new space in the world of international design, a world that is increasingly looking to projects that reclaim traditionally used techniques and processes.
Romania is one of these countries. Its artisanal tradition being applied to new ideas gives real proof that something is changing in its creative scene. For this reason, the Romanian Cultural Institute, in collaboration with Romanian Design Week in Bucharest, and the Association of Madrid Designers (DIMAD), are presenting at the Matadero Centre of Design in Madrid the exhibition Threads of Tradition: a contemporary vision of design in Romanian handicrafts. This exhibition, the most important of this kind held in Spain to date, gives visibility to the work of some of their most outstanding contemporary designers.
Graphic work, textiles, furniture and product design are part of the more than 50 objects on display from studios such as Coolwool Studio or Dare to Rug, which can be viewed in this exhibition curated by architect Eliza Yokina and the exhibition coordinator of Romanian Design Week, Ioana Pârvu.
Photos: Central de Diseño
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