11.madeinhungary + 04.meed | design without borders

An exhibition of works by Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian designers and artists

Új Budapest Gallery

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

10 April – 15 May 2016

Chief patron of the exhibition:

Dr Miklós Bendzsel

president of the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office

Exhibition opening and presentation of the Design Without Borders Awards:

9 April 2016. (Saturday) 18:00–20:00

Opening speech by:

Beata Jaczewska

Director of the International Visegrad Fund

Performance by:

Góbi Dance Company

The Design Without Borders Awards will be presented by:

Beata Jaczewska

Director of the International Visegrad Fund

Dr Gabriella Kádár

CEO of CIG Pannonia Life Insurance Plc.

Zoltán Busa

CEO of CIG Pannonia First Hungarian General Insurance Ltd.

Our hostess for the evening:

Nóra Teszári

television moderator and anchor-woman

For more information:

Szilvia Szigeti



The exhibition entitled Design Without Borders will be on view for five weeks. The exhibition consists of madeinhungary, which is being held now for the eleventh time, and MeeD – Meeting of European and Central European Designers, which is being held now for the fourth time. The show, which is being coordinated and organized by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti and interior designer Tamás Radnóti, will present objects and collections created by independently working Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian furniture, textile, industrial and interior designers. A special section of works from the exhibition presents compositions by young industrial designers who received their diplomas from MOME – Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design last year, as well as works from the collaborative project undertaken by textile designers and manufacturers entitled “Texhibition”.

Barbara Stelmachowska

Design Without Borders Awards
The goal of the award is to draw attention to the potentials innate in design and the importance of patronage, in particular with regards to the countries of the Visegrad Four. The promotion of creativity is a high priority, especially in view of the economic and industrial circumstances of the region, since in the absence of an industrial background designers in many cases have to develop their collections independently, and they often operate as one-person enterprises, performing all activities, from product development to execution and marketing, without any outside assistance.
The exhibition, which was made possible by the support of the International Visegrad Fund and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary, created an opportunity to establish the Design Without Borders Awards, to which the CIG Pannonia Life Insurance Plc. and the CIG Pannonia First Hungarian General Insurance Ltd. pledged significant financial support.
Of the nearly one hundred designers featured in the exhibition 11.madeinhungary+4.MeeD, three will be awarded this recognition. The three awardees will each receive 300,000 HUF as a concomitant of the award. In the selection process a jury consisting of people active in the profession will assist the work of the founders. The board will recognize objects and collections built on innovative, original ideas that are in sync with the region’s economic and industrial background without any constraint with regards to genre.

The jury consists of the following members:
NÓRA DEMETER, architect, DLA, Demeter Design Studio,
Dr JÓZSEF SLÉZIA, PhD, associate professor, design historian,
JÓZSEF ZALAVÁRI, DLA, associate professor, Holder of the Ferenczy Noémi Award, industrial designer.

Gergely Novák

The series of programs will be further enriched by productions from other fields of the arts, such as a contemporary dance performance by the Góbi Dance Company as part of the exhibition opening ceremony on 9 April as well as part of the closing ceremony on 15 May. The production entitled Object-Space-Dance will bring the objects on display to life. The organizers of the exhibition, together with journalists and artists participating in the exhibition, will give guided tours on several occasions.

Jan Slovak

As part of the project initiated by textile designer Szilvia Szigeti, the creative work of almost twenty textile designers has been done in collaboration with textile manufacturers Csendes és Csendes Kft, Lénárd Kft, Meritum Kft and Rovitex. The goal of the project is to draw attention to a branch of design which previously played a leading role, as well as the artists in this area and the creative potentials inherent in this art. The organizers will present the project, including the designers, the manufacturers and the completed textiles, as part of a separate professional day which they anticipate will meet with considerable interest on the part of interior designers and distributors.

Nikoletta Koncz

Rita Koralevics

Organisers of madeinhungary + MeeD
Textile designer Szilvia Szigeti and interior designer Tamás Radnóti have coordinated and organised the madeinhungary exhibitions since 2004 and the MeeD – Meeting of European and Central Eastern European Designers – exhibitions since 2012. The designer couple completed their studies at the MOME Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design (previously the Academy of Applied Arts). Both received scholarships from the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. They are the founders of Eventuell Gallery and recipients of the Hungarian Design Award and the Lajos Kozma Grant. Szilvia Szigeti received the Ferenczy Noémi Award this year. Alongside their own designs in textile and interior design, they have organised nearly 200 exhibitions and programs, including exhibitions, shows of the Eventuell Gallery, the Textivals of the 1990s, and the exhibition entitled BútoroSokk (focusing on contemporary furniture design).

The exhibition is part of the Budapest Spring Festival.
Our partners include the Akademie Schloss Solitude of Stuttgart, the Design Festival of Lodz, the Slovak Designby.Sk, and the Góbi Dance Company.
Special thanks to the Czech Centre, the Polish Institute and the Slovak Institute.
Major financial support was provided by the International Visegrad Fund with additional funding from the National Cultural Fund of Hungary. This year the support from the CIG Pannonia Insurance Company has contributed to the foundation of the Design Without Borders Awards.