The workshop was taking place in the pittoresk Stanjel village. For this IDEM-workshop participants were asked to study the local conditions and to design accordingly, with a strong focus on collaboration with crafts and small industries. Participants came from Ljubljana, Genk, Dortmund, Norway, Israel and Graz.

Results were shown at the BIO-Biennial.

IDEM was awarded by the organisation.


Stanjel (Slovenia)

Sept 28-Oct 4 2014


studio Luk van der Hallen




International Design Experimental Meeting


The workshop is organised by

Vesna Vidmar, productdesigner (SL) and

Sasa Maechtig, prof emeritus (SL)

The University of Ljubljana, the Academy of Fne Arts

with the assistance of

Luk van der Hallen, productdesigner (B)

Luc Vanlessen, productdesigner, (B)

studio Art+Design (B)

Design 2.0

After the success of working with intercultural groups, we wanted to stimulate the true interdisciplinary processes, and step towards the changes in design, by bringing in the design teams non-design related students and specialists and even the people we design for, in order to create wide stimuli for design thinking, reframing and solving problems, within the context in all its aspects. This also means that IDEM has to prepare and organise the research contexts for speeding up the process and to make it possible for the design teams to come with relevant answers at the end of the workshop week.

IDEM dynamics and creative power

A successful method for stimulating the creative power is the spontaneous and joyfull approach of the workshop week: the special location,  the mindopenening lectures, the inspirational visits, and the surprising artistic events at evenings. IDEM also uses the cooking of ‘national dishes’ for each other as a quick way of making people get together in friendship and work without competition. It is a week with a lot of laughing and hard work going on.

Regional and BIO-related

Being based in the village of Stanjel in the Karst region, this edition of IDEM will start from the themes given by the BIO 50 Design Biennial. Especially  Hidden Crafts and Nanotourism are the themes that relate to this rural location and can be researched in the flesh. The Stanjel village and the Karst region can be taken as a case by the participants.

Connectivity: being connected to the needs of local people

Our past design practice has been successfully connected to end users, either customers or business or the public sector, considering technology (feasibility), business (viability) and human values (usability, desirability).  IDEM now can act as a paragon of collaborative work with the local community, and build value-added products and services branded with local identity.