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Since 2003 the National Design Awards are presented annually at the festival Month of Design for significant contributions to Slovene design. The award has been founded by Zavod Big. Recognising design excellence on the corporate, individual, and institutional level, the National Design Awards are granted in many categories from a number of fields, including interior and product design, architecture, technology and industrial design, fashion, and more.


The four National Design Awards categories are described below.

Design of the year

Design of the year is awarded for the best product design in the last year.

In 2019, Design of the year (first prize) award was presented to Gigodesign for designing kitchen composter Bokashi Organko 2 (BO 2) for Plastika Skaza. The composter encourages people to produce healthy, natural food at home, with urban garden on the window sill, on the balcony or classically in the garden. Expert jury in this category consisted of: Maja Tasič Demšar, Jelena Pirkmajer (Cliché), Mateja Panter, Branko Uršič and president Lenka Bajželj.

Interior of the year

Interior of the year is awarded for the best interior design achievement in the last year.

The award for the best interior design in 2019 was presented to Nuša Jelenec for designing the interior of Picerija Trappa premises. The jury, consisting of Ana Gruden, Peter Gabrijelčič, Jurij Sadar and president Kristina Dešman, selected Picerija Trappa project for the 2019 Interior of the year award in the sub-category public interior.

Timeless design

Timeless design is awarded for the design that's passed the test of time and proved that it has an everlasting value.

In 2019, the recipient of the Timeless design award was architect Ljerka Finžgar, the driving force behind many successful collections and products for Meblo (a well-known furniture company). The award she received was for the Collection E, distinguished for breaking a long tradition of a fairly rigid production of furniture sets. With a seemingly simple modular system of type pages, elements and joints, it has enabled a number of variants of furniture assemblies.


Awarded to rising stars for recognisable achievements designed by young talents in the fields of industrial design, fashion, and architecture.

In 2019, the Perspectives award was, among others, presented to a group of students (students of Faculty of Design and one student of interdisciplinary study of Cognitive Science) for designing board games for people with dementia. This project is extremely topical, since the proportion of older people in the developed world is increasing rapidly, and at the same time the proportion of people with dementia is increasing. The students developed 12 games that serve to slow the progress of cognitive decline while being a preventative measure to improve attention, memory, orientation and thinking.

For an extensive list of award recipients and awarded design solutions, respectively, see External links below (link to National Design Awards list (in Slovene, sorted by year).

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