Those of you who have been reading my blog for a while know that I love to highlight design labels from the Balkans. In fact I am right now preparing for an extended 5-days design trip to Belgrade, Serbia (more about that soon here on the blog), and in preparation for my trip I was researching online and I stumble upon the new design label Folkk – actually on Instagram. I was intrigued and only after reading on I realized that it is a young label from Belgrade that revives traditional crafts across Serbia and the Balkans and reinterprets those with young and upcoming designers from the region. Meet Folkk – crafting the everyday.
I was utterly happy to find a young and creative label from Serbia that came up with a cool concept, a wonderful philosophy and that puts the human in the center and is driven by tradition and contemporary design – an ambiguous concept that is very typical and omnipresent in the Balkans. The old and the new are inseparably entangled on the Balkans.
Folkk is reviving some very old and traditional handcraft from Serbia – the most prominent being the weaving of kilims in the town of Pirot in southeastern Serbia as well as woodworking from West Serbia. They focus on craftsmanship that has been in the country and region over centuries. Thus they not only keep those precious crafts alive, they also support the local communities and artists by engaging them in new projects, using local materials and opening up possibilities. For a greater appeal Folkk is collaborating with various designers from the region who add a contemporary twist to traditionally manufactured pieces.
Now today’s blog post is just a little warm up to prepare you for a little flood of Balkan design as I will be also visiting the Mikser Festival, the largest region festival of creativity and innovation, to be held this week in Belgrade. I also can’t wait to show you lots of cool Belgrade addresses. Stay tuned for a visual treat from Southeast Europe! Until then dive into the beautiful world of Folkk – they have free shipping worldwide right now so you better secure yourself a piece of genuine Balkan design! I’ll do my shopping in Belgrade directly! See you soon!
Photography via Folkk