Research, design, and heritage initiative

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Research, design, and heritage initiative encouraging collaboration and knowledge exchange between traditional craftspeople, contemporary designers and experts in the fields of culture and science.

Representing the direct continuation of MADE IN: Crafts–Design Narratives, we are now extending our reach geographically, with 10 partners from 6 countries, and in terms of our goals and mission.


MADE IN Platform for Contemporary Crafts & Design is a research, design, and heritage initiative encouraging collaboration, knowledge exchange and diversification between traditional craftspeople and contemporary designers, as well as other experts in the fields of culture and science. It is a direct continuation of an earlier project MADE IN: Crafts–Design Narratives, which ran from 2018 to 2021 and brought together six partners from four countries.


The MADE IN platform emerged out of a heightened awareness of the crucial role that crafts play in creating and sustaining local identity. Furthermore, crafts have the potential to play a unique role in the transition to sustainable, innovative, circular production models that rely primarily on local resources and skills. Alongside encouraging the re-use/repair of existing products, craft promotes slower, more responsible consumption, and creates a value system that transcends the omnipresent logic of global mass production.


The MADE IN platform is structured as a series of activities, like of residencies, workshops, training courses, a summer school, seminars, conferences and more, designed on specific localities to complement and build on one another in order to show the relevance of crafts, as a connector between ecology and culture, in contemporary society. The activities promote the importance of contemporary design and art practices, innovative technologies, and transdisciplinary thinking in overcoming the perception of crafts as non-inventive and obsolete, instead integrating them into the core of the ecological debate.


MADE IN are 10 partners with a broad range of expertise from Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Portugal, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Germany to form a consortium. The platform includes more than 1000 craftspeople, designers, researchers, cultural and scientific professionals, and members of wider audiences, all of whom will participate in various project activities.


Coordination Koraljka Vlajo, Mihaela Cik (MUO), Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar (OAZA), Maja Vardjan, Nikola Pongrac, Cvetka Požar, Tanja Vergles (MAO), Maja Towndrow (Center ROG), Ivan Manojlović, Marija Đorđević (Nova Iskra), Thomas Geisler, Ute Thomas, Kerstin Stoever (SKD), Jacob Strobel, Uwe Bodenschatz (WHZ), Davor Mišković (Drugo more), Ivana Katić (Drugo more), Dubravko Matanić (Drugo more)

Creative direction Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar (OAZA)


Portugal Maria Ana Botelho Neves, Christian Haas, Studio Christian Haas, Nuno Henriques, Founder Toino Abel, Luis de Oliveira, Founder De La Espada, Felipa Almeida, Curator of Art and Craft, Catarina Portas, Founder Vida Portuguesa

Serbia James Early, Atelje Stanišić

Slovenia Trajna: Gaja Mežnarič Osole, Andrej Koruza; Žan Kobal, Flora Lechner; bioMATTERS LLC: Nancy Diniz, Frank Melendez

Croatia Robertina Šebjanič, Silvio Vujičić, Igor Eškinja

Bosnia and Herzegovina



Portugal Abilio Pereira, Alberto Carvalhinho, Cristina Fonseca, Dinis Cunha, Domingos Vaz, Isabel Martins, Isidoro Ramos, Manuel Ferreira, Toino Abel, Sónia Mendez

Serbia Miloš Jovanović, Aleksandra Stanišić, Mina Kaljević, Marina Vitanov – Jevtić, Danijela Vitanov, Pavle Nećakov, Maja Đurović, Aleksandar Todorović

Slovenia em. Dr., Dr. h.c Nikolaj Torelli, dr. Mateja Šmid Hribar, Prof. dr. Matej Vidrih, Katarina Grabnar Apostolides, em. Dr. Franc Pohleven, Vladimir Štibelj, Štefan Pintar, Rajko Balantič, Metka Zver, Matjaž Levičar, Janez Vidic, Irene Manfrini, Gobnjak, Bojan Koželj, Maria Alexandrescu and Andreea David

Croatia Ivana Biočina, Vedrana Peček, Antonia Rusković Radonić, Franko Kraljić, Filip Šrajer, Smitel, Dražen Cepić, Jelena Puđak, Miroslav Radman, izv. prof. dr. sc. Tatjana Bakran-Petricioli, Hrvoje Carić

Bosnia and Herzegovina Senad Alispahić, Salih Pašanbegović, Omer Porča, Merima Bećirović, Miran Matošević, Vahid Ohran, Esma Frljak, Haris Frljak, Alisa Mujkanović, Aida Pašalić, Lebiba Džeko, Jela Duvnjak, Tanja Lazić, Danijela Đukanović, Vladimir Đukanović

Germany Wolfram Ehnert, Maria Selle, Diane Maren Jende, Christian Jende, Friederike Seedorf, Nils Bergauer, Knut Schäffner, Marlen Tröger, Christian Werner, Jürgen Huss, Torsten Bäz, Peggy Wunderlich, Stefan Heinz, Annette Rüffer, Prof. Dr. Markus Rüggeberg, Dr. Björn Günther, Kim Cordes, Dr. Michael Rosenthal














  • Croatia

    Oaza 2018-today

    Oaza is a Zagreb-based arts organisation co-founded in 2014 by six artists/designers. It works on research-based art and design projects, largely in the independent cultural sector and with a particular focus on self-initiated projects. Its wide-ranging activities include curating; social, strategic, and conceptual design; publishing; and informal design education. Oaza came up with the original idea for the Made In project on the basis of a local crafts research project Old School Ilica.
  • Slovenia

    Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO) 2018-today

    MAO maintains and promotes the most comprehensive collection of Slovenian architectural and design heritage anywhere. It brings together curators, editors, and producers who take great care in collecting national heritage and designing contemporary programmes. MAO is a national and international centre and hub for the transfer of knowledge in the fields of heritage and creativity, featuring innovative programme formats dedicated to the preservation of heritage and supporting emerging creatives.
  • Croatia

    Museum of Arts and Crafts (MUO) 2018-today

    The Museum of Arts and Crafts (MUO) is Croatia’s leading institution in the field of fine and applied arts. Its collection contains more than 100,000 items focusing on local mastery in arts, crafts, and design. MUO was badly affected by the 2020 Zagreb earthquake, but has since returned to full operational capacity, and this project complements a number of educational and interactive activities that had to be put on hold in 2020.
  • Serbia

    Nova Iskra Creative Hub (Nova Iskra) 2018-today

    Nova Iskra is a creative hub promoting tangible connections between the creative industries, technology, and people. Its goal is to support critical thinking, nurture ideas, and design and develop organisations and businesses to be both future-proof and responsive to the ever-changing present.
  • Slovenia

    Center Rog 2023-today

    Center ROG is a public multidisciplinary creative hub supporting manufacturers and creators (individuals and collectives) in the development of their ideas through cutting-edge technological know-how and infrastructure. With its modern infrastructure, expertise, and international connections, Rog provides a supportive environment for the development of innovative, socially beneficial projects that meet the challenges of the 21st century.
  • Croatia

    Drugo More 2023-today

    Drugo More is a not-for-profit organisation based in Rijeka and was actively involved in the ECC Rijeka 2020 programme. Its mission is to identify and explore topics of social relevance in contemporary society. It also makes scientific and cultural discourses accessible to local and international communities by means of tools such as exhibitions and workshops.
  • Germany

    University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ) 2023-today

    The University of Applied Sciences Zwickau (WHZ) places an emphasis on internships and laboratory work, and has a strong focus on application and implementation. It offers over 50 courses (Woodwork/Product & Object Design, Textile Art/Textile Design, Fashion Design) carefully structured to prepare students for their career within a manageable timeframe.
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Zenica City Museum (MGZ) 2023-today

    The City Museum of Zenica researches, preserves, collects, and processes museum material. It has embraced the "open museum" concept, which aims to create a dynamic relationship with audiences, as part of which it is developing a multimedia centre and offering a wide range of workshops and other educational and promotional events in the fields of art, science, and the humanities.
  • Germany

    State Art Collections Dresden, Museum of Decorative Arts (SK 2023-today

    State Art Collections Dresden, Museum of Decorative Arts (SKD) at Pillnitz Palace & Park near Dresden was founded in 1876 and is one of the oldest of its kind in Germany. It belongs to a network of 15 museums, archives, and research institutions under the umbrella of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD). It has an outstanding collection of historic and contemporary decorative arts and design, an extensive textile collection, and a unique collection of furniture from the Deutsche Werkstätten Hellerau. Its new Design Campus is a research and development hub with the aim of inspiring designers, creatives, and the general public. Its programme facilitates dialogue between the museum's collections and SKD, and employs new, international approaches to design and the creative industries.
  • Portugal

    Passa Ao Futuro (PAF) 2023-today

    Passa Ao Futuro (PAF) is a not-for-profit research-based cultural initiative that documents the intangible cultural heritage of Portuguese artisans and craftspeople in order to preserve it. It also promotes networking in the field through a series of residencies and collaborative projects, as well as supporting the sustainability of the crafts by means of social and environmental impact programming rooted in design and systems thinking.
  • Serbia

    Mikser 2018-2021

    A non-governmental and non-profit organization, established with focus on improving the creative work in the field of design and creative industries. The objectives of the Association are: Development of social tolerance through the convergence and interaction of different cultures; Promoting a positive approach to cultural diversity in contemporary society; Promoting cultural and artistic project of international exchange and cooperation; Strengthening cultural policies in Serbia and the region and participating in the international efforts of similar organizations in the promotion of global cultural policy; Improving and promoting contemporary visual disciplines; The impact on the development of interdisciplinary ecology, urban planning, architecture, design.
  • Austria

    Werkraum Bregenzerwald 2018-2021

    WR is a craft and trade association of currently 90 business members established in 1999, uniting craftsmen of different guilds, promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas. WR strives for sustainable development of crafts and trade of the region through: Economic sustainability by maintaining and creating local jobs and training opportunities; Ecological sustainability by producing long-term goods for daily use; Social sustainability by establishing trusting relationships and personal connections; And cultural sustainability by preserving the quality of crafts and ensuring cultural continuity. WR has established its own venue for exhibitions and events designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. Opened in 2013 in Andelsbuch the “Werkraumhaus” serves as space for exhibitions, workshops, lectures, seminars and symposiums.