The Fair is bigger than I thought it would be, in the positive sense! It is clear to me it is in the development stage, but it is clearly it goes to a very good direction. I am aware of the experience of the trade fair in Prague and the twenty years long transition it passed. Now, when all those international guests arrive from Milan, London, the Netherlands… They are all delighted due to the fact the long term work was successful. It is really so radical change, for which I believe will happen in Belgrade in a few years.
Lucie Koldova Studio
I think a great, brave and very diplomatic job was done. Owing to this, the exhibition stands well again. The key for this event is the presence of major companies, which will show their products. In my opinion all important people are here. I want to congratulate to the whole team – all of them are full of enthusiasm, energetic, incredibly kind, even the cleaning woman included herself by the question if she could help somehow, which is the real rarity at present. I think it should go on like this and in three to four years I believe this fair may be within the Top 10.
I see the design oriented Fair as huge potential. Furniture should be seen as a form part of general culture and society. Thus, only the furniture distributers, manufacturers and designers are not responsible for the general condition of the living culture and thereby also the society, but first of all the educational institutions and all media in general.
Peter Gregson Studio
Design is more present and has got more functions than ever. It is also a very strong communication tool. From the sneakers we wear, the chairs we sit on, the car we drive, someone shaped all this skillfully. The paradox is that it is at the same time somehow invisible, probably just due to the presence everywhere. We are currently in the ‘purgatory’. Slightly painful process, but I believe we accepted this as necessity at the moment and that’s why I believe in the bright future.
In a way, the Furniture Fair point is not in presentation but comparison. You cannot estimate what you want or expect to be offered if you have no idea of your own about something and slightly doubt someone else’s one. I assume it is like this also with the furniture. Only when you have all options at one place, actually visible, the things and criteria get the increased point and importance, since you have the orientation points for each type of resourcefulness – in time, space, practice, comfort, esthetics… Thus, the Furniture Fair is an opportunity that should not be missed.
CEO Belgrade Fair
We understood the Fair as the venue of gathering the best regional and international companies – as the venue of design connection to the economy. And we turned our interpretations into the action. Everything had to be changed radically, modernized and taken to some ‘more normal’ situation as it is in the big systems and trade fairs, such as IMM in Cologne, which is very important, or Salone del Mobile from Milan.
Belgrade Furniture Fair Art Director
There is an incredible advancement regarding the attendance, but also professionalism achieved by the Fair in the past several years. In the best halls, one feels as if he was in Zurich or Kortrijk. Bravo!
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