About the Exibition

The Exhibition of Croatian Design is the central and most important professional design event in Croatia, bringing together the highest quality design works created over a two-year period in all areas of design, including visual communications and graphic design, industrial design, packaging design, spatial intervention systems, interaction design and electronic media, critical or conceptual design, fashion and clothing design, etc. In addition to presenting the best of professional work of Croatian designers, design studios and agencies since 1999, the exhibition includes a student section that provides insight into all current achievements in higher design education. This year, for the first time, the exhibition will be held in a new space, Lauba – House for People and Art, after 10 years of collaboration with the Museum of Arts and Crafts, which is in the process of restoration due to damage caused by the earthquake.

The works submitted to this exhibition undergo rigorous critical selection by the Selection Committee and the International Jury composed of some of the highest authorities in various fields of professional design, including not only designers but also curators, critics and design theorists. The selection of works and the awards are decided by the Selection Committee and the International Jury consisting of Robert Čanak, Dario Dević, Nataša Njegovanović, Luka Perić, Cvetka Požar (Slovenia), Zlatka Salopek Radić i Juraj Zigman, Ajdin Bašić (Slovenia) i Kostas Medugorac (Germany).

This year’s categories are: Visual Communication Design, Industrial / Product Design, Digital Media Design and Interaction Design, Packaging Design, Fashion and Clothing Design, Spatial and Graphic Interventions and Systems, Integrated Project / Product and Concept / Initiative / Critical Design. HDD Awards and Special Recognitions are awarded in all categories. This year, a special HDD Lifetime Achievement Award will be given to designer Boris Ljubičić. The best work in the selection for the Exhibition of Croatian Design 21/22 will be awarded the Grand Prize of the Croatian Designers Association.

The printed publication Croatian Design Review 21/22 is a fundamental two-year publication that provides an overview of the highest quality Croatian design output from the past two years. An extensive publication of 500 pages presents works selected for exhibition as part of the biennial Exhibition of Croatian Design 21/22. The publication is more than just a catalog. The first segment includes essays and interviews of domestic and international experts in the field of practice, critique and theory of design, both on current and on methodological, social and cultural aspects of design practice itself. In this sense, the Croatian Design Reviews are an effort to contextualize, critically interrogate and archive the current moment of Croatian design. The second and largest segment of the publication contains a detailed presentation of all selected works in seven categories: visual communications, product / industrial design, fashion design, el. media, etc. In addition to graphic and photographic reproductions, all works are presented in short texts that explain the starting points, ideas and process of project implementation. The third segment of the publication presents the activities of the Croatian Designers Association in the period between the two biennial exhibitions.