MADE IN is a research, design and heritage platform that proposes new collaborative practices and knowledge exchange between the traditional craftspeople and contemporary designers. It engages craftspeople, designers, researchers, curators and theoreticians on a quest to pose relevant questions about the topics of heritage and production in today’s society through research and archiving of local crafts, conducting workshops and residencies and promoting ideas through a travelling exhibition.

MADE IN was conceived in 2014 by Croatian Art and Design Collective OAZA as a social design project Made in Ilica / Old School Ilica — a reaction to the process of the disappearance of small crafts and manufacturing workshops from the City Centre of Zagreb, and was firstly showcased within a larger topic of nanotourism during BIO 50 exhibition in Ljubljana, organised by the Museum of Architecture and Design. This and other intersections around the topics of mapping and archiving the local crafts and the position and relationship between design and crafts in contemporary society, led towards partnership between six organisations and institutions that belong to the similar geographical, historical, cultural and social context (Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia) and eventually towards the formation of a regional platform, whose first iteration and a two year long research and outputs are presented in this publication.

Partnering institutions vary in size and in their core social functions. The Museum of Arts and Crafts in Zagreb is one of the largest Croatian museums dedicated to preserving the local craft, art and design heritage. The Slovene national Museum of Architecture and Design is one of the oldest museums for architecture and design in Europe, established in 1972. The museum collects, stores, studies, objects and presents exhibitions in the fields of architecture and design, organises Biennial of Design — an international platform for new approaches in design and is also leading the Centre for Creativity, an interdisciplinary platform that connects, promotes and supports the activities and development of Slovenia’s cultural and creative sector. Werkraum Bregenzerwald is a craft and trade association established in 1999, uniting craftspeople of different guilds, promoting cooperation and exchange of ideas. Today, it consists of around 100 members representing different crafts and trades such as carpentry, cabinet making, metal work, plumbing, electrical engineering, upholstery, construction, clothing, shoemaking, goldsmithing and other service sectors. Nova Iskra and Mikser from Belgrade both function as platforms dedicated to connecting designers and manufacturers and craftspeople and are promoters of young talents and organizers of festivals and other cultural and educational events; and independent Art and Design Collective OAZA from Zagreb, is characterised by self-initiated multidisciplinary projects in the domain of critical and social design practices.

Museum of Arts and Crafts (MUO), HR / 
Established in 1880 as a result of an initiative by the Art Society. The basic aim was to preserve the traditional values of national crafts and at the same time to provide new cultural standards for the rising middle-class. Today, the Museum is one of Croatia’s fundamental national cultural institutions. It houses the finest collections of fine and applied art that date from 14th to 21st century and has the largest and richest holdings in Croatia of fine and applied art. In the permanent exhibition there are nearly 3000 exhibits, which provide the insight into historical changes in styles that reflect special features of the Croatian cultural space and the wider spiritual and intellectual movements of time. 

Zagreb based Art and Design Collective co-funded in 2013 by six designers (Nina
Bačun, Ivana Borovnjak, Roberta Bratović, Tina Ivezić, Maja Kolar and Maša Poljanec. Since then, OAZA had been continuously involved in art and design research based projects mostly in the domain of the independent cultural sector, self-initiated design projects (curatorial practices, social design, strategic and conceptual design, publishing, design education). Some of the more prominent self-initiated projects include: Made in Ilica, Handed Down Collection, aBook publishing, Female Design History in Croatia, which have all been showcased internationally.

Museum of Architecture and Design (MAO), SLO / 
MAO preserves and archives works from prominent architects and designers of the 20th and 21st centuries, constituting a rich history of creative ideas, vision and production. MAO organizes and shares this source of inspiration and exploration of architecture and design through its compelling exhibitions, publications and diverse programme, which is aimed at a broad circle of visitors. At the same time it is opening itself as a space for everyone who wishes to research, study, and learn more about how we inhabit our living space, how we organize it, change it, design it and make it our own. MAO serves as a dynamic forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and dialogue for and among a wide range of visitors. Since 1972 the museum organizes Biennial of Design (BIO), the oldest European design biennial with a strong international presence and positioning. 

Nova Iskra, RS / 
A creative hub and co-working space focused on the fields of creative industries, art, design, new technologies, social theory and practice. The main topics that Nova Iskra explores are connected with the concept of future – Future Learning, Future Living and Future Working. Nova Iskra aims to have an important role in the process of creating public policies, on local, national, regional and European levels, in relation to the topics such as development of the creative industries, new professions and the future of work, non-formal education, digital humanities and other related fields. Throughout this process, Nova Iskra collaborates with local and international companies, civil society organizations and other groups or individuals interested in these subjects or already active in these fields. 

Mikser, RS /
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. 

Werkraum Bregenzerwald /
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.

Koraljka Vlajo (MUO)
Ivana Borovnjak, Maja Kolar (OAZA)
Maja Vardjan, Nikola Pongrac, Cvetka Požar (MAO)
Relja Bobić (Nova Iskra)
Renate Breuß, Thomas Geisler, Miriam Kathrein (Werkraum Bregenzerwald)
Maja Lalić (Mikser)

Andrea de Chirico
Unfold Studio
Rianne Makkink
Chmara.Rosinke Studio
Lukas Wegwerth
Jenny Nordberg

Austria (Anton and Georg Bechter, Daniel Devich, Markus Faißt, Helmut Fink, Manuela Maaß, Heinz, Tone & Christian Rüscher, Oberhauser & Schedler, Claus Schwarzmann, Ewald & Simon Voppichler, Josef Waldner)

Croatia (Thomislav and Matea, Darko Franjić, Vesna Hrkač, Aldo and Lovro Krizman, Dalibor Lebarović, Mario Nokaj, Antun Penezić, Dražen and Luka Radotović, Darko Škrgatić, Stjepan Zagorščak)

Serbia (Nenad Jovanov, Branislav Stajić, Aleksandar Petrović, Živorad & Branislav Bosiljčić, Goran Milošević, Zdravko Kostanjevec, XYLON, Bojana Brkić, Marija Đorđević, Maja Jakšić)

Slovenia (Franc Jaklič, Silvo Jelenc, Aleš Kacin, Joži Košak, Erik Luznar, Urban Magušar, Beno Ogrin, Petra Plestenjak Podlogar, Rural Development Cooperative Pomelaj, Štefan Zelko)

Atelier Luma
BIO50 Hidden Crafts
Center for Creativity
Croatian Chamber of Trades and Crafts
Design Museum Gent
Geological Survey of Slovenia
Michelangelo Foundation
NANOTOURISM Old School Ilica
RADIONA Makerspace
Rokodelski center Ribnica
School of Design
Staro Selo Open-air Museum
Crafts Council Netherland