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Moholy Design Grant X HYPE | Lili Veres-Veszprémi

In 2019, eight young designers and design theorists could participate in the six-month Moholy-Nagy László Design Grant, managed by the Hungarian Design Council and financed by the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office and the Ministry of Human Capacities. In the course of the program, the grantees could implement their self-developed projects or projects developed in collaboration with manufacturers. Learn more about them here, on HYPEANDHYPER. Lili Veres-Veszprémi – Nesting


Unfortunately, the exhibition presenting the works of the grantees scheduled to the end of March was cancelled due to the coronavirus epidemic. As a way of making up for this event and complementing the remarkable catalogue already published or “making it more alive,” we will present you their projects in the next eight weeks.


Lili Veres-Veszprémi obtained her MA degree at the Department of Textile Design of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in 2016. After graduation, she started working as a freelance designer, and then her son was born, and although it narrowed down her capacities a bit, she continues to be a regular participant of projects and competitions.

Lili Veres-Veszprémi obtained her MA degree at the Department of Textile Design of Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in 2016. After graduation, she started working as a freelance designer, and then her son was born, and although it narrowed down her capacities a bit, she continues to be a regular participant of projects and competitions.

Lili is a member of SZETT Szőnyegtervezők Társasága Egyesület (Association of Carpet Designers), owing to which, she was able to get to know exciting local carpet-weaving workshops and manufacturers; her first carpets were implemented with their help. 

In the meantime, she got acquainted with interior designer Rebeka Sipos, the designer of Spectra interior design studio and LAB5 architect studio, with whom she has worked on several projects unto this day. They have designed a book collection and print workshops for Europapier, and Lili was involved in several interior design projects; this is how one of her carpet designs ended up at the booth of Uniket Bt. at S/ALON design fair, and she also got a chance to design glass patterns and pillows for the offices of Sanofi in Budapest. Currently she is working on her most complex project so far: on the designs of the outside patterns of an apartment house in Tihany as well as the textile designs of the interior of the same.

The development of the project

Lili primarily wanted to expand her model design portfolio in the framework of the grant, and she succeeded, however, what came as a complete surprise to her was that she also started to think in objects in the meantime. She involved Spectra interior design studio in the process of design, and she developed two sets of objects with their cooperation. This partnership, which contributed to the development of the project significantly, is partly owing to the grant committee, who, similarly to the designer, also felt at one point that she should exit two-dimensional design and collaborate with other creatives.

As a result of the six months, I start complex design projects more readily, because I was acquainted with several manufacturers during the grant who can ensure high quality production. A young designer faces many challenges, and, as shown by my example, Moholy Grant can offer help in many aspects. For me, the financial aid also meant a great help, because that’s how I was able to implement such a complex project” – the designer told us.

The projectNesting

The basic concept of the project was provided by endangered bird species nesting in Hungary with a decreasing population. In the course of her work, after examining their habits and habitats, Lili captured the selected bird species in the form of detailed black and white drawings. Then she created a unique model collection for each species and refined them by developing them in different scales and color combinations. From the initial ten species she chose the white stork and the bee-eater as the main themes of her collection; their habitats also provided the inspiration for the individual color schemes.

“Out of the model designs, I designed sets of objects with the cooperation of Spectra studio. This is how my patterns ended up on wallpaper, pillows and a robe in the case of the bee-eater, thus alluding to the intimate nesting and habits of the bird nesting in loess walls, as well as the hands threatening their life by destroying these dens consciously. The other object set refers to the habitat of the white stork under desertification, as well as the narrowing of water and feeding grounds. In this case, I designed a carpet made with Kilim technique, symbolizing a riverside landscape, with pillows, flying storks” – the designer told us.

Lili’s long-term objectives include the further development of her collection based on the characteristic features of other bird species, testing the models on various surfaces from wallpaper to carpets and closer cooperation with interior designers to create unique textiles and objects.

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