18 Designer Benches Selected in the SIT DOWN! ZAGREB Competition

The jury chose the best among 322 designs

The competition for creating designer benches intended for the Training Trail on Lake Jarun as part of the SIT DOWN! ZAGREB project, which we featured here, has been completed! An impressive number of designs, no less than 322 diverse bench designs had been submitted. The following jurors reviewed and evaluated the designs and chose 18 benches: Ante Bogdanić, CEO of Albatros Media, and project initiator, Vanja Žanko – Filip Trade Collection curator, Ana Boljar – architect, Andrea Hercog – product designer, and Marko Tadić – visual artist. In carrying out this unique project, the organizers want to position Lake Jarun as a new cultural and artistic tourist attraction in the city of Zagreb that will permanently enrich the cultural and tourist offer of the city and have a long term impact on the promotion of Zagreb and Croatia.

A member of the jury, Ms. Andrea Hercog stated: “The produced designs are all original works of sculptors, architects and designers from all over Croatia, and each profession has provided a different solution on a given topic. During the selection process the jury took into consideration the following criteria: feasibility, safety and durability, while particular attention was paid to the creativity and innovation of the proposed solutions. The 18 selected designs have displayed all of the aforementioned qualities and the jury was extremely content with both the proposed solutions and the exceptional response of the authors.”

The authors and groups of authors of the 18 selected works assemble young and up-and-coming names on the national scene along with confirmed authors in the fields of architecture, design and visual art. They are as follows: Ana Dumbović and Marta Muždalo, Margita Grubiša and her associate Ivana Cooper, Group – studio for industrial and graphical design, Daniel Kovač, Ana Krstulović, Zvonimir Kuhtić, Saša Meničanin, Maja Mesić, Predrag Pavić, Nika Pavlinek and Damir Prizmić, Filip Pintarić and Bernarda Cesar, Anja Ranković, Ivan Sučić, Jurica Sinković, Filip Tadin and Robert Jozić, Ivan Tudek, Ranka Vuković, and Ivana Žalac with her associates Ivana Cooper, Marin Jelčić, Saša Mitrović.

The installation of the first manufactured designs on the Training Trail will commence in Fall 2010, when the inauguration of the “SIT DOWN! ZAGREB” is planned, and other works will be redeemed for production and installed successively thereafter, dependent on the interest of potential sponsors.

Congratulations to the winners!

Ana Dumbović and Marta Muždalo

Margita Grubiša in collaboration with Ivana Cooper


Daniel Kovač

Ana Krstulović

Zvonimir Kuhtić

Saša Meničanin

Maja Mesić

Predrag Pavić

Nika Pavlinek and Damir Prizmić

Filip Pintarić and Bernarda Cesar

Anja Ranković

Ivan Sučić

Jurica Sinković

Filip Tadin and Robert Jozić

Ivan Tudek

Ranka Vuković

Ivana Žalac in collaboration with Ivana Cooper, Marin Jelčić, Saša Mitrović