Like a flower blossoming – A small peek into the Romanian design scene

We recently visited Bucharest, the capital of Romania, and wanted to learn a little about the local design scene. We didn’t quite know what to expect, but we decided to pay a visit to Dizainăr.

This beautiful concept store and showroom located close to the major avenue Calea Victoriei in central Bucharest turned out to be a perfect destination, because it led us right into the heart of local design. In Dizainăr you’ll find a wide selection of new and fresh Romanian design, such as furniture, lamps, bags, ceramics, jewelry, and everyday objects with a special touch. Mihnea Ghilduş, manager and product designer, told us that Dizainăr was founded in December 2012. Since then, a lot has happened, and at the moment they already represent 120 local designers. “The Romanian design scene is vibrating. It’s great to see how things grow – it’s like a flower blossoming. During these 2,5 years more and more designers have started, and they are getting better at what they do,” Mihnea said. Many of the products are playful and bring a smile to your face. For example, the Don Papillion bow ties are made of wood and fabric. What a fun and ingenious product!

According to Andreea Celmare, communication designer at Dizainăr, there are two major trends in Romanian design at the moment: some designers are seeking their inspiration from traditional folklore style, others have chosen a Scandinavian approach. Hora table clock by project.ZULU with an embroidery and Lana chair beautifully respect traditional values, but are inspired by the needs of the modern world. Nostro chair is a prototype with a special space for a charging point. The huge ROCA lamp by Atelier A4 made of papier mâché is a real eye catcher. Young Romanian designers are also interested in ecological and sustainable design. For example, UpsideDown is giving a new life to old advertising banners and turning them into bags, wallets and other accessories. Bulb27 turns industrial and vintage objects into lamps. Another interesting place to visit is recently opened book store Cărturești Carusel in the old town of Bucharest. It’s a stunning space in beautifully restored 19th century building with six floors of books, music, films, gift items, games and much more. There’s also a small section for local design, such as the hilarious notebooks by Romanian illustrator Ghica Popa, an art space with exhibitions and a cool cafè with a Scandinavian style decor.

Photo credits: Dizainăr, Andrei Ignia, Bogdan Tutuneanu, Katja Nuorvala

Dizainăr Address: Strada Puțul cu Plopi nr. 17 – Sector 1 – Bucharest

Address Cărturești Carusel: Strada Lipscani 55 – Centrul istoric – Bucharest

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