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April 12 2013

Wander around in Belgrade

Over the centuries of foreign domination (Turkish and Austro-Hungarian in particular), the capital of Serbia has been enriched by multiple influences and has thus developed a captivating personality.
Between classical architecture, neo-socialist buildings and zones in progress, Belgrade is a melting pot for creativity.
For proof, you only have to encounter the forefront of design and just go with its boundless energy.
A feeling that emerges from the whole city, which is constantly evolving.


Belgrade SerbiaText: Béatrice Delamotte

Belgrade or Beograd
Population: 1,233,731 (intramural)
Area: 35,996 ha
Capital of Serbia
Language: Serbian
National dish: “pljeskavica”, a kind of hamburger served with onions and pita bread..




This concept store, which opened in November 2008, is now one of the main spots of the youth of Belgrade. Whilst being a showroom for young Serbian and European designers such as the tailor Valter Beko and jewellery designer Jasmina Sanader, the shop is also a place where one can take the time to enjoy life with a drink or a family brunch. Throughout the year many events punctuate the activity of Supermarket: fashion shows, exhibitions by young artists and live music nights. Given the success of the concept, Vlada Markovic, its director, plans to open a similar place in Berlin.


Belgrade, Serbia: five-star hotel Square Nine


The only five-star hotel in Belgrade, the Square Nine is a good summary of Serbian culture.
Behind the minimalist architecture of its facade, which breaks code with the historic district in which it is located, the architect Isay Weinfeld has designed a cozy atmosphere with quality materials (polished stone, bronze and wood) and luxurious finishes, a mix of elegant and refined colours.
A quiet luxury that is reflected in the 45 rooms and suites with views over the garden.
Not to mention a beautiful Sisley spa and a superb natural stone pool. The hotel has also been awarded “Best New Hotel 2012” by Condé Nast.


Belgrade, Serbia: fashion designer DRAGANA OGNJENOVIC


This former student of Fine Arts in Belgrade is today one of the leaders in Serbian fashion.
His deceptively simple models come in black, carried by demanding fabrics and cuts.
Since 1992, the DO Fashion brand has presented at Fashion Weeks around the world and has managed to attract a loyal following thanks to his structured silhouettes, that are constantly reinventing the incomparable “little black dress”.
Since 1999, Dragana Ognjenovic has also designed a line of accessories for the home.
And always with the same requirement for exceptional materials: wood, metal, porcelain, glass and paper.


Belgrade, Serbia: meeting place and exhibition galleries KC GRAD


Located in a former industrial building in the Savamala area, in full renewal, this sharing centre brings together on two floors a café, a meeting place and exhibition galleries. Designed by Dejan Ubovic and Ljudmila Stratimirovic at the end of 2009, every year KC Grad welcomes many young designers who find a place to make themselves known. Since 2011, KC Grad has also launched Air Belgrade, a program to host artists in residence. The objective: to create the first art network in the region of the Balkans.


Belgrade, Serbia: NOVA ISKRA an incubator dedicated to young artistic talents


Marko Radenkovic has created a unique place: an incubator dedicated to young artistic talents.
Thanks to Nova Iskra, photographers, fashion designers, designers, architects, illustrators, web designers and artists are free to focus on their art in a privileged environment.
Housed in an old building in Savamala, in the heart of Belgrade, Nova Iskra allows them to simultaneously share the efficient facilities and pool their skills to facilitate the life of their business.
Open since the end of last year, this place is one of the creative “hot spots” of Belgrade.


Belgrade, Serbia: MIKSER HOUSE dedicated to creation in all its forms


Already at the head of Mikser Festival, dedicated to creation in all its forms, Maja and Ivan Lalic wanted to extend the artistic experience by opening this alternative location.
Housed in a former industrial building of preserved architecture, Mikser House has opened its doors for a big party, which Belgrade knows all too well how to organize.
In this huge renovated building, the couple presents the creations of young designers from southern Europe, from Istanbul to Vienna.
But they also wanted to create a place for social gatherings with a large dining area and a steel bar, which emphasizes the vastness of the place.


Belgrade, Serbia: IGUANA restaurant


Upon his return from Australia, where he worked for a few years, Goran Jevic wanted to create a site dedicated to food, wine and jazz.
It is in the old docks of the river port on the banks of the Sava, that he opened Iguana.
Throughout the day, you will be served a light and tasty fusion cuisine and, at the end of the afternoon, the young of Belgrade gather to share a drink and enjoy the large terrace overlooking the river.
As for jazz lovers, they can enjoy two live concerts every night.
Atmosphere guaranteed.


Belgrade, Serbia: CYBER COFFEE jewellery collection by Jasmina Sanader


The jewellery collection designed by Jasmina Sanader glorifies metal parts that would otherwise be considered insignificant. Thanks to the young designer, bolts, nails and zippers become luxury items. Her pieces combine the masculine and feminine in sometimes provocative, always original creations. Regularly presented on the catwalks of Fashion Week, the creations of Jasmina Sanader and her brand Cyber Coffee successfully avoid going overboard.


Belgrade, Serbia: BELGRADE ART HOTEL


Located in the heart of the old city of Belgrade, this hotel is a haven of design and cozy elegance. Housed in a 1960s building and the former HQ of a large company of the former Yugoslavia, the Belgrade Art Hotel (BAH) opened in 2010. Inspired by the beautiful mosaic that decorates the hall, the architects chose to focus on the art for the decoration of the rooms and suites. The simplicity of the furniture does not forgo the quality of materials used, the elegance of the decor or the warm atmosphere that emerges.


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