Studio Komplekt continues its series of reviews of the current state of Bulgarian design, which has become a traditional annual practice since the first edition of the festival. For the first time the show is curated by Marina Dragomirova, Studio Furthermore.
Marina Dragomirova was born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. After graduating BA graphic design followed by Interior design from New Bulgarian University, she continued her education at the Royal College of Art in London. There she met Iain Howlett and in 2015 together they cofounded Studio Furthermore in Shoreditch, London.
Studio Furthermore seeks out new kinds of material and cultural realities informed by processes occurring in nature. Studio Furthermore creates design objects in glass, ceramic, metal and other materials blending aspects of craft with future narratives. “Our design thinking often begins long before an object, we are interested in designing the making process itself and sometimes even the materials we use.” Studio Furthermore work can be found in the permanent collections of the Vitra Design Museum, The MAK Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna and the CID Grand Hornu in Belgium. In 2025 their Moon Rock project will be permanently installed on the Moon with the Moon Gallery in collaboration with ESA.
The exhibition is realized with the kind support of the National Culture Fund – Program Visual Arts.
The exhibition LOCAL BEAUTY gives an overview of different, authentic Bulgarian localities. We are invited to see them through the eyes of nine artists who have created works with regional materials, resources and traditions especially for the occasion. Each of them works with different textures and a unique personal handwriting – be it the deep pitch of the bagpipe, captured in the form of a jewel by Dimitar Stankov, or the taste achieved through an old Rhodope wheat storage technique, which Maria Jekova recreates. Raya Stefanova builds two fountains based on the typical Bulgarian roadside fountains, using beeswax instead of concrete, while the dancing “kukeri” superheroes of Nikoleta Nosovska bring new life to the ceramic plates from childhood. Lyuba Asadurova creates a contemporary trail-carpet of sheep’s wool. Milen Radev’s lighting bodies are carved from stone he found in the Rhodope Mountains. The experimental reuse of car headlights by Neva Balnikova was inspired by a local car component recycling company. Yana Yunakova unravels an old mountain technique from glass beads, which she interprets in a new ceramic form, while Dani Yordanova literally bottles the essence of the region in a flavor extracted from nature. In each of the works we find something familiar, but seen and rethought through an unfamiliar perspective.