Design-expo.eu – Webinar

By Iva Berthon Gajšak, architect and exhibition designer


This webinar will be an occasion to bring the notion of exhibition design closer to a larger audience.

The first part will explore the issues such as:

  • The process of creating exhibitions
  • The role of an exhibition designer
  • Principles of the exhibition design:

– Respect and valorization of art pieces

– Relation to the exhibition space

– Attention to the visitors

In the second part we will lead you along our creative process through completed exhibitions such as:

  • Edward Hopper, Grand Palais, Paris
  • The Etruscans and the Mediterranean, Louvre Lens
  • The Al Thani Collection : Paris – Venice – Beijing and others.

Iva Berthon Gajšak is an architect and exhibition designer currently living and working in Paris within the BGC STUDIO architectural and exhibition design practice, founded together with Giovanna Comana.

bgc studio, architecture and exhibition design practice based in Paris, was created in 2009 by Giovanna Comana and Iva Berthon Gajšak, architects with multidisciplinary skills oriented towards cultural projects. 
Exhibition design is soon becoming the preferred field of the practice and is reflected in numerous projects in collaboration with the most prestigious institutions, including the Réunion des musées nationaux and the Grand Palais, the Petit Palais, the Cluny Museum, the Guimet Museum, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Picasso Museum, the Musée des arts décoratifs, the Cartier Foundation or the MuCEM.
The international experience of bgcstudio includes projects in Italy, in Morocco, in the United Arab Emirates at the Louvre Abu Dhabi and in China, in Shanghai as well as in the Forbidden City of Beijing.
The ambition of the practice is to offer a unique and relevant response for each project, to create a singular universe that arouses emotions and to accompany in the most appropriate way a varied public.

BGC STUDIO WEB SITE : www.bgc-studio.com

Designing for the everchanging world

To access the live webinar, please click on this link:  https://youtu.be/MNwblfIWz2Q


SPECIAL GUEST: Karla Paliska, designer, STUDIO RU:T

Note: the live webinar will be held in English

Designing for the everchanging world

January 21th, 7 PM – 8 PM (CET)

We will discuss why and how we should change our approach to product design in order to make it less susceptible to trends, more adaptable to changes and more relevant for longer periods of time. We will conclude with our thinking about where the focus in product design will be in the upcoming decade and how it ha been driving our design practice.


  1. Introduction
  2. Prediction as part of the design process
  3. Making long-lasting and relevant design
  4. Conclusion
  5. Q&A

1. Introduction

Who we are, what we do?

Studio RU:T is a multidisciplinary design studio founded in Zagreb, Croatia by Tvrtko Bojić and Karla Paliska, who have been working together since 2015. They specialize in product and industrial design, visual communications, spatial concepts and interventions. In their work they focus on practical and sustainable solutions, as well as experiments that question the concepts of living.

2. Prediction as part of the design process

  • Key to understanding needs (why we shouldn’t use the word “user” and how to identify needs that are not apparent in order to make products that are meaningful and innovative)
  • How to be creative and innovative

3. Making long-lasting and relevant design

  • Principles of good design
  • Ethics and design. Why “ethics” is the next buzzword in the design discourse

4. Conclusion

5. Q&A

Questions can be collected through the promotional announcement of the webinar itself or in a live chat during the webinar. Questions can be sent in advance to karla@studiorut.com  Expected Q&A time – approx. 20 min.


Click on this link to access the live webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2ox5ps9m0M&feature=youtu.be



Note: the live webinar will be held in English

December 16th, 3 PM – 4 PM (CET)

THE GOAL: Lay the basic postulates in defining the concept of residential interior design, understand the needs of the contemporary person for living in the conscious home and give a few tips that participants can embrace the development of IT on the interior design.



  6. Q&A
  • Helena Alfirević Arbutina – has graduated on Architecture School, University of Zagreb and has Ph.degree from Achitecture School at TU Graz in Austria. Helena has over 20 years of experience in numerous architectural projects as well as in the interior design projects with the accent on the residential design.
  • Introduction of the relevant practice examples


Something that every architect and interior designer has to know while designing the space:

  •  Get to know the client and make the client be open about their needs
  • Functional spaces
  • Aesthetics


With new trends in developing of society, beside basic postulates, there are more impacts that are important in creating interior design for the residential buildings:

  • Mood creation
  •  Elimination of stressors
  • Smart and Energy Homes with Sustainable Interiors
  •  Personalization
  • Permeation of interior and exterior


When we talk about life-changing impacts on residential design, then in the 21st century, the big change makes development of IT. Nowadays everyone uses mobile phone and the fact that this mobile phone can have numerous of applications that can be used in the interior to manage different functions in space, it has created a new era of development of residential designs


6. Q&A

Questions can be collected through the promotional announcement of the webinar itself or in a live chat during the webinar. Questions can be sent in advance to helena.hdspatium@gmail.com Expected Q&A time – approx. 20 min.

New Interior Design Trends

No matter if you’re redesigning your old space or creating a new one, here are some new trends in interior design you can apply on your own space as well. Due to the current situation, when most big furniture trade fairs are cancelled, we can use the virtual world for inspiration. Let’s see what experts have to say!

The New Open Space

Open floor concepts have been an interior design trend for quite some time. However, year after year, the number of rooms that are included in open-space plans increases. At the beginning, it was kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms. Now, the trend is expanding to bedrooms and offices.

The new normal has brought upon a huge shift in the way we work – from home. Now, we are forced to fit in a real working space in our interior, even if we didn’t have one before.

Most often, we just need a small, functional desk, a shelf or document archiver and a comfortable chair. The market for office furniture is huge and versatile, so anyone can easily find exactly what they need without meddling with the stylistic vibe of the rest of the space.

Connection to nature

Including natural elements in interior design is also a trend that’s here to stay. In other words, the aim of an urban, trendy interior design is to enable a smooth transition between closed spaces and the outside, natural world. This can be achieved in several ways.

Natural-material furniture or furniture parts, natural patterns on the walls and an increase in green plants indoors are indeed trendy in 2020. For those who feel more bold, there are floral wallpapers with huge, statement floral patterns.

It’s also popular and recommended to have at least a few green plants. They will freshen up any space and play an important functional and decorative role. You can also use various natural decorative elements, natural and floral textiles, pillows, glasses…

Back to vintage roots

Just a couple of pieces of vintage furniture in your space will be enough to make it 2021-ready.

Many people mix up vintage and retro. The basic difference between these is the period to which they refer. Retro items stem from the ’60-’90 period, while vintage style is quite older. The colours of vintage items are calming and pastel. Furniture is usually made of wood, but also harder materials. The furniture is upholstered and ultra-comfy, mirrors have big, impressive frames.

Add just a single piece of vintage furniture to your space – a chandelier, photo frame or a wooden dresser and complete your functional space with a dash of history.

The Color Blue

Blue is an absolute hit in interior design this year. You can use blue paint for your entire room or just one wall. Get a sofa or an armchair in this attractive color.

If you’re not a big fan of blue, but you want to keep up with the trends, you can choose just a couple of items that you will fit into your current space and match with other colors. It can be a blue carpet, picture frame, decoration piece…

Freestanding bathtubs

These bathtubs are the latest trend in bathroom design. Of course, it’s much easier to fit them into the space when you’re designing from scratch. Still, you should keep this trend in mind even when you’re re-decorating your old bathroom. Create a tiny wellness sanctuary where you can enjoy to the maximum.

To start with, you would need to have enough square footage to set up this bathtub in your bathroom. An even better solution would be to install both a shower and a bathtub to cater to all family members. All the while, the bathroom would be adapted to the modern, fast way of living. Just imagine how refreshing it would be to enjoy those relaxing moments in a beautiful, modern, freestanding bathtub.

Abstract motifs

The goal of this new trend is to make any home a small or big piece of art by using geometrical shapes of various items, paintings and decorations.

Abstract motifs are fairly easy to fit into the rest of the design because of their clear-cut lines. Simply choose a big abstract painting with colors that you like and that fit well with the rest of your interior. You can even paint one on your own. The result will be an original, unique and modern space.

Are you already following some of these? What is your new favorite interior design trend?

Painting furniture simply transform the interior

Painting furniture will lead to a simple transformation of the interior. By correctly selecting colors and with a few simple rules for the coloring of furniture, your space will have a new glow as a result. Read our simple guide through the paint of furniture and redecorate your home!

Painting furniture: Preparations for coloring furniture

Firstly, you need to prepare furniture you want to renovate and paint. Grinding of furniture is the basic phase of every furniture renovation. Depends on the color on furniture, consequently, you can grind in several ways:

Standard wood color – usual grinding medium to fine grinding paper or mechanical.
Oil based colors – it is necessary to use the heat fan, then grinding with fine grinding paper.
Ultrapas – warm with hair dryer or iron and peel away. Remove the remains by grinding.
Veneer made of real wood – remove damaged parts, repair damage with wood putty and dry. After drying, grind.

Secondly, after grinding, the furniture should be thoroughly cleaned from dust and impurities and left to dry. It is necessary to repair all irregularities, holes, scratches and damage with wood putty.

Basic tools and accessories necessary for the renovation of old furniture:
– rough and gentle grind paper
– dust-cleaning cloth
– brushes and rollers
Depending on the material from which the furniture is made, basic and final coatings and appropriate colors.

Painting furniture: storage spaces

Closets and shelves occupy the most space in the interior. The kitchen is the central space in the home, if you want to change it simply paint cabinets.

Wooden cabinets – simply grind them with grind paper, clean from the dust and apply a primer. After that, select the color for wood in the desired shade and paint. Apply the paint in two layers. Make enough time between coatings to dry completely.

Laminated cabinets – the first step is grinding, machines or paper, cleaning dust from grinding and impurities. When the surface is clean apply primer oil-based coating that will go into two layers. Wait for the first one to dry completely and inflict the second one.
After that, your kitchen is ready to paint.

Tip: in addition to a new color, add new handles to your kitchen elements that will round the appearance. For inspiration, see the furniture of our exhibitors!

This applies to all sorts of cabinets, closets, shelves and storage spaces in your home. Redecorating the furniture with new paint and in addition new handles will refresh the space. Therefore color choice can increase, heighten and make space more modern.

How to achieve distressed style?

Distressed or washed-out appearance in interior design is a style that has great popularity. If you want to enter a dose of relaxation and feel at home like at house on the beach choose a piece of wooden furniture from the living room or bedroom. Renovating old furniture is an efficient and economical way of renovating home.

You must grind and clean furniture from dust, than dry. Use two colors should to achieve the washed effect. Achieve washed effect using matte cover colors in two shades. The base color is darker while the final color is brighter.

  1. way: When the first color is dried, use wax or pastel to paint the places where you want the final color not to be received, then apply second color. The color will not be accepted in places covered with pastel and you will get wanted look. Remove the wax and pastel by gentle grinding in order to discover places that are wanted to remain in the color of the base. After grinding and final cleaning, paint furniture with protective varnish.
  2. way: If a piece of furniture is in a darker shade that you like, use it as a base color. After grinding and cleaning, apply second color in two layers. When dried grind desired parts with rough paper. End up painting with protective varnish.

Painting wood paneling – new glow of the old trend

Renovating furniture has encouraged you, everything fits in style but you’re not sure what to do with the paneling on the walls? The pattern of wood in brown orange tones does not match the style you entered into the space? Paint wood paneling with a simple DIY procedure.

Painting wood paneling:
If wood paneling has gloss ending coat, remove it with grinding. It is necessary to obtain a slightly roasted wood texture so that the color receives as much as possible. Apply wood protection coating after cleaning from dust. When dried, paint with the desired color. In conclusion if paneling is located in areas where large amount of steam is generating, it is desirable to apply a protective layer that will protect wood from moisture.

Tip: a light colored wood paneling will increase and heighten the space. White-colored paneling is a huge trend in the interior world. Follow our page for new trends!