Design Without Borders – Meeting of European and Eastern European Designers

An exhibition series of designers, furniture, textile and jewellery designers and visual artists from Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Switzerland; and an event series of contemporary dance and contemporary music.

Art and design have always been heavily influenced by the social landscape and its geographic surroundings. This could be also witnessed by some 2,000 visitors of  Design Without Borders, a unique exhibition that took place in Budapest in October and November 2020. This year the exhibition series showcased the works of more than 150 designers, jewellery designers and visual artists from the region – the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia as well as other 10 countries. The works, projects, objects and related events in the exhibition emphasized the importance of productive interaction between the various disciplines of art – the visual arts, design, as well as the visual and performing arts. The selection highlights not only the artists, but also the role of social responsibility, civil society and creators in society, as well as the importance of networking.

Since 2016, the exhibition organizer Unikát Multi-Arts Studio announces Design Without Borders Award sponsored by the International Visegrad Fund, primarily to support young artists. The jury, comprised of renowned professionals, looks for originality, innovative solutions and high design content. The four winning artists receive cash prize, and one designer gets the opportunity to participate free of charge in the Łódź Design Festival, which is one of Europe’s most significant design events.

After Budapest, the exhibition is planned to travel to Bratislava and Vienna in 2021.