Some of you know that my family is of Serbian origin and thus I like to peek to the Balkans from time to time and observe what is happening in the design scene over there. Belgrade has become a sort of center for the Balkans design scene with various cool concept stores like THIS one ore fab design cafés like THIS one. Now the first online store for art prints by Balkan based designers has been launched – Side Effects.
Side Effects has curated a fine selection of large scale art prints by local designers and every print is a carefully created silk screen art print and it comes in a limited series of 100 pieces with a hand-signed serial number. And the collection of art prints is constantly growing and so is the pool of young artists.
When I browsed through their current collection I was particularly drawn to the work entitled ‘Layers of Needs’ by artist Sandra Milanovic and ‘Golden Boy’ by Mane Radmanovic. But I also fell for the art print called ‘Field of Rhombus’ by Danijel Savovic – it looks a bit like a giant sketching in a very orderly and designy manner. Now I wonder: Which one is your favorite art print?
I think we will have to look more often to the southeastern edge of Europe in the future. There is lots of interesting happening there right now, many young, creative people are emerging on the design market and I think we all can handle a little bit of a fresh breeze from the Balkans!