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Slovene Design

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In recent years many individuals and companies in Slovenia have gained a significant amount of international recognition for their achievements in the field of design. The most tangible evidence of this can be seen in the astounding success that several of the country’s designers have had in winning the prestigious Red Dot Design Award since Gorenje became the first Slovene company to do so back in 2005. The prize, awarded annually by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, honours outstanding design quality and trendsetters and is currently one of the most coveted international design prizes out there.

Companies

Events

Kickstarter

Each year the World Economic Forum releases its exhaustively researched Global Competitiveness Report, which compares nearly every country in the world across a comprehensive range of indicators in various economic, social, political, educational and other areas. In the 2014-2015 report, out of a total of 144 countries, Slovenia ranked a disappointing 70th overall, and of its many problem areas perhaps the most glaring was its financial market development, where it ranked 125th, 140th and 144th (dead last) in Venture Capital availability, Ease of access to loans and Soundness of banks respectively. Why did we just tell you all of this terribly depressing information? Because as the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, and there is at least one silver lining for the rather ghastly state of Slovenia's financial sector.

In recent years, a number of mostly young, innovative, entrepreneurial Slovenes (or usually groups thereof) have turned to international crowdfunding websites as a viable means of raising the funding necessary to see their projects realised, and have had great success doing so. The largest of these platforms is the US-based Kickstarter, which has become so synonymous with the practice of crowdfunding – or raising venture capital via a large number of individual contributors – that its name is now often used as verb to describe the activity, in much the same way an internet search is referred to as 'googling' something.

Below we've listed some of the Slovene-based projects that have been successfully funded to date, and much more information about each of them can be found on their respective Kickstarter pages, websites and social media. If you're in Ljubljana, you can find a selection of the products for sale at Trgovina Ika on Ciril-Metodov Trg. And if you're a Slovene who has had a Kickstarter project successfully funded, please send us an email at slovenia@inyourpocket.com, do we can make sure to add your info to the page.

Organisations

Red Dot

RED DOT - PRODUCT DESIGN

2016
Product Name: Gorenje Built-in Compact TFT Ovens
Product Type: Oven
Manufacturer: Gorenje, d.d.
Design: Gorenje Design Studio
Website: www.gorenjedesignstudio.com

2016
Product Name: Akrapovič Evolution Line for Ducati Multistrada 1200
Product Type: Exhaust System
Manufacturer: Akrapovič d.d.
Design: Akrapovič d.d
Website: www.akrapovic.com

2016
Product Name: Target School Backpack Reflex
Product Type: School Backpack
Manufacturer: Rokodelski Center Ribnica
Design: Live d.o.o.
Website: www.targetbag.com

2016
Product Name: Ribrand
Product Type: Kitchen Utensils
Manufacturer: Rokodelski Center Ribnica
Design: Mashoni Design Studio
Website: www.mashoni.com

2016
Product Name: Joan Meeting Room Assistant
Product Type: Door Sign, Scheduling System
Manufacturer: Steklarna Hrastnik d.o.o.
Design: Visionect Ltd..
Website: www.visionect.com

2016 (Honourable Mention)
Product Name: Puzzle
Product Type: Bowl
Manufacturer: Steklarna Hrastnik d.o.o.
Design: Steklarna Hrastnik d.o.o.
Website: www.steklarna-hrastnik.si

2016
Product Name: Nico Less
Product Type: Chair
Manufacturer: Donar d.o.o.
Design: Primož Jeza Studio
Website: www.primozjeza.com

2016
Product Name: Akrapovič Slip-On Line for Lamborghini Aventador
Product Type: Exhaust System
Manufacturer: Akrapovič d.d.
Design: Akrapovič d.d.
Website: www.akrapovic.com

2012
Product Name: Elan Amphibio Waveflex 14 Fusion
Product Type: Skis
Manufacturer: Elan d.o.o.
Design: Porsche Design Studio
Website: www.porsche-design.com

2011
Product Name: Amphibio WaveFlex 14
Product Type: Skis
Manufacturer: Elan
Design: Elan and Porsche Design Studio
Website: www.elanskis.com

2011
Product Name: Amphibio WaveFlex 82 XTi
Product Type: Skis
Manufacturer: Elan
Design: Elan and Porsche Design Studio
Website: www.elanskis.com

2011 (Honourable Mention)
Product Name: Gorenje+
Product Type: Oven Interface
Manufacturer: Gorenje
Design: Matevž PopiPopič, Lidija Pritržnik
Website: www.gorenje.com

2010
Product Name: Cross-country Ski Promise Boots
Product Type: Ski boots
Manufacturer: Alpina, Ltd.
Design: Studio Jure Miklavc
Website: www.alpina.si, www.miklavc.net

2010
Product Name: SLX WaveFlex
Product Type: Skis
Manufacturer: Elan Ltd.
Design: Gigodesign
Website: www.elanskis.com, www.gigodesign.com

2010
Product Name: ArtMe
Product Type: ArtMe - individual surface modification of façade elements
Manufacturer: Trimo Engineering of pre-fabricated buildings, dd
Design: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Website: www.trimo.si

2010
Product Name: sash Unisash Arx View
Product Type: Window System
Manufacturer: Company case study
Design: Gigodesign
Website: www.unisash.eu, www.gigodesign.com

2010
Product Name: Flying Doughnut
Product Type: Parking System
Manufacturer: Versor Ltd.
Design: Versor
Website: www.versor.si

2010
Product Name: Sitty
Product Type: Folding street furniture
Manufacturer: Petric Ltd.
Design: Gigodesign
Engineering: Zdenko Savšek with colleagues / Project bureau Pirnar Savšek
Website: www.petric.si, www.gigodesign.com

2009
Product Name: Binomial Footwear
Product Type: Sport shoes
Manufacturer: Alpina, Ltd.
Design: Studio Jure Miklavc
Website: www.alpina.si, www.miklavc.net

2009
Product Name: Slim Lamp
Product Type: Lamp
Manufacturer: Vertigo Bird
Design: Bevk Perovič Architects
Website: www.vertigo-bird.com, www.bevkperovic.com

2009
Product Name: Examination Table With
Product Type: transparent table
Manufacturer: Novak M Ltd.
Design: Wilsonic - Nina Mihovec and Novak M
Website: www.novak-m.si, www.wilsonic.si

2008
Product Name: ECS - Elite Racing Skate, ECL - Elite Racing Classic
Product Type: Running shoes
Manufacturer: Alpina, Ltd.
Design: Studio Jure Miklavc and OFFICE 2001
Website: www.alpina.si, www.miklavc.net

2007
Product Name: Speedwave alpine ski
Product Type: skis
Manufacturer: Elan Ltd.
Design: Mojca Night Hilda Bassanese and Gigodesign
Website: www.elanskis.com, www.gigodesign.com

2005
Product Name: Premium Touch
Product Type: Washing machine and tumble drier
Manufacturer: Gorenje dd
Design: Deadline Jenkins, Lydia Pritržnik, led by prof. John Smerdelj (Gorenje Design Centre)
Website: www.gorenjegroup.com

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RED DOT COMMUNICATION DESIGN
(Visual Communications)

2009
Product Name: Slavic Film Festival
Category: Corporate identity
Client: Forum of Slavic Cultures
Design: IlovarStritar
Website: www.fsk.si, www.ilovarstritar.com

2007
Product Name: Our Angle
Category: Direct Mail
Design: Aljoša Senk
Website: www.coroflot.com

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RED DOT PRODUCT DESIGN - HONOURARY AWARD
(Industrial design)

2010
Product Name: Cher
Product Type: Furniture for bathrooms
Manufacturer: Kupa dd
Design: Grafik and fanatic
Website: www.gif.si

2009
Product Name: Water Flow Set
Product Type: Bottle and glass
Manufacturer: Glesia Ltd.
Design: Tanja Pak
Website: www.tanjapak.com

2008
Product Name: Lara
Product Type: A glass of brandy
Manufacturer: Glesia Ltd.
Design: Tanja Pak
Website: www.tanjapak.com

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RED DOT DESIGN CONCEPT
(Design concept)

2007
Product Name: Squareplay
Product Type: playground for children and adults
Design: Oloop
Website: oloopdesign.com

2007
Product Name: Bath System U
Product Type: Bathroom System
Design: Primoz Tomšič Aljoša Podbršček of graphics and fanatic
Website: www.gif.si

2006
Product Name: Bubble shoes
Product Type: Casual shoes
Design: Aljosa Senk and agency Armada
Website: www.coroflot.com

2005
Product Name: Sur'la
Product Type: instrument pipe
Design: Orlach Design - Dejan Orlač
Website: www.coroflot.com
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