The Central European Initiative (CEI) Prize of the 10th International Design Contest “Trieste Contemporanea” 2012 has been assigned to Croatian designer Ena Priselec for her project to refashion a coffee grinder.

For this year’s Contest, which registered about 200 participants, artists and designers were asked to select a functional object from the recent past and propose an idea for its redefinition or reuse.

"Our intention was to work in countertendency with current trends, given the fact that we live in a saturated consumer market where design is everywhere and nowhere," says Susanna Legrenzi from Milan, curator and journalist of the 2012 contest.

The international jury was composed of Giulio Cok (Trieste Contemporanea), Barbara Fabro (CEI), Emanuela Marassi (artist), Marco Petroni (curator, Fondazione Plart, Naples), Maja Vardjan (curator, Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana), Janka Vukmir (curator, Institute for Contemporary Art, Zagreb).

The CEI Award,  assigned to an artist / designer from Central and Eastern Europe, was given  to Ena Priselec, for choosing an electric coffee grinder and proposing a return to manual grinding. The Croatian designer proposed the reuse of this device - with an effective and sophisticated design technique - in order to  return to the quality and simplicity of everyday life.   The top prize, named after contest founder Gillo Dorfles, goes to Italian duo Fabio Gigone and Angela Gigliotti, while the Beba Foundation of Venice prize, awarded to a young participant, to Romanian 20-year old designer Catalin Nicolae Ursoiu. The young Turkish designer Meltem Özçaki and the Estonian designer Raili Keiv received special mentions.   The award ceremony as well as the opening of the exhibition of around thirty selected projects was held on Friday, 13 July in Trieste (StudioTommaseo).   More information and photo gallery available here.