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About Boryana Petrova & Vassil Jivkov : Vassil Jivkov is a university professor and Head of the Interior and Furniture Design Department at the University of Forestry in Sofia, Bulgaria. He is focused on combining furniture design with engineering. Recently he has been inspired by furniture design from thin structural elements and the possibility of sustainable design. He is a jury member of various design competitions. He has won various design awards, including a platinum winner from the GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN Awards, the winner of BULGARIAN FURNITURE OF THE YEAR, etc. Prof. Jivkov has published several books related to furniture design and construction, over 150 scientific articles, registered patents, etc. He is an expert in material science and furniture design and construction. Prof. Jivkov is a member of a scientific committee of many international scientific conferences.
STATEMENT OF ART:
Design is everything that makes our lives more beautiful, more functional and more comfortable.

ORGANIZATION:
University of Forestry/Furniture Engineering Ltd

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
University professor, other subjects Education, research, training

EDUCATION:
1982-1987, Wood and Furniture Technology, University of Forestry, SOFIA/ BULGARIA
1989-1992, PhD

EXPERIENCE:
1992 till now - University of Forestry - Professor
2018 till now - Board member of European Furniture Industry Confederation (EFIC), BRUSSELS/BELGIUM
2020 till now - Head of Department of Interior and Furniture Design, University of Forestry, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2021-till now - Chairman of the board of Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry, SOFIA/BULGARIA

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2014, "World of Furniture", ExpoCenter with Boryana Jivkova and Yordanka Zhilova, SOFIA/BULGARIA

EVENTS:
2019, National Conference of Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry

AWARDS:
2021, Platinum Award, Grand Prix Du Design, Canada
2021, Silver Award, Grand Prix Du Design, Canada
2014, Winner, Bulgarian Furniture of the Year

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2022, "BoBoX - Flexible Storage Furniture System", MD International, pages 84-87

ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS:
2021, Jivkov, V., Petrova, B. "Challenges for Furniture Design with Thin Structural Materials". Proceeding of VI International Furniture Congress, “Furniture: Design & Production” KTU Trabzon, Turkey, 2-5 November, ISBN: 978-605-2271-34-6, pp 117-127
2021, Jivkov V, Simeonova R, Antov P, Marinova A, Petrova B, Kristak L. "Structural Application of Lightweight Panels Made of Waste Cardboard and Beech Veneer". Materials. 2021; 14(17):5064. https://doi.org/10.3390/ma14175064
2020, Antov, P., Jivkov, V., Savov, V., Simeonova, R., & Yavorov, N. "Structural Application of Eco-Friendly Composites from Recycled Wood Fibres Bonded with Magnesium Lignosulfonate". Applied Sciences, ISSN: 2076-3417, 10(21), 7526.
2019, Jivkov. V., Elenska-Valchanova, D. "Mechanical Properties of Some Thin Furniture Structural Composite Materials". 30th International Conference on Wood Science and Technology (ICWST), 70th Anniversary of Drvna industrija Journal, IMPLEMENTATION OF WOOD SCIENCE IN WOODWORKING SECTOR, PROCEEDINGS, Zagreb, 12th - 13th December 2019, pp. 86-94, ISBN: 978-953-292-062-8
2019, Jivkov, V. "Keynote address IX International Scientific and Technical Conference innovations in forest industry and engineering design - INNO 2018 state and trends in the development of the world, European and Bulgarian furniture industries". 9th International Scientific and Technical Conference Innovations in Forest Industry and Engineering Design - INNO 2018, Sofia, Bulgaria. 27-29 September 2019, NNOVATION IN WOODWORKING INDUSTRY AND ENGINEERING DESIGN, 1/2019 (15): 7–16, ISSN 1314-6149, e-ISSN 2367-6663
2017, Jivkov, V., Simeonova, R. "Splitting resistance of plywood in the area of countersunk holes". Proceedings of the 28th International Conference “Research for Furniture Industry”, 21st – 22nd September 2017, Poznań, Poland: ISBN 978-83-7160-890-2, 68-82.
2017, Jivkov, V., Kyuchukov, B., Simeonova, R., Marinova, A. "Withdrawal capacity of screws and Confirmat into different wood-based panels". Proceedings of the 28th International Conference “Research for Furniture Industry”, September 2017, Poznań, Poland: ISBN 978-83-7160-890-2, 83-90.
2016, Raicheva, R., Jivkov, V., Angelova, D., Vodenova, P. "Study Module “Project Week”: Through the Eyes of Students". Innovation in Woodworking Industry and Engineering Design, ISSN 1314-6149, 1/2016 (9): 46-53.
2013, Jivkov, V., Simeonova, R., Marinova, A, Gradeva, G. "Study of gluing abilities of solid surface composites with different wood based materials and foamed PVC". 24th International scientific conference “Wood is Good - User oriented material technology and design”, Ambienta, Zagreb, 18 October, ISBN: 978-953-292-031-4, pp. 49-55.
2013, Raicheva, R., Jivkov, V., Angelova, D., Vodenova, P. "Design workshop for students". ESI 2013: 3rd International Conference “Education, Science, Innovations”, June 9-10, Pernik, Bulgaria, p. 85-93.
2012, Jivkov, V., Simeonova, R., Kamenov, P., Marinova, A. "Strength properties of new lightweight panels for furniture and interior". 23rd International Scientific Conference “Wood is Good – with knowledge and technology to a competitive forestry and wood technology sector”, Zagreb, 12th of October, ISBN: 978-953-292-026-0, pp. 49-58.
2011, Jivkov, V., Grbac, I. "Influence of the cyclic loading on bending strength of different end corner joints made of MDF". 22nd International Scientific Conference “Wood is good – EU Preaccession challenges of the sector”, Zagreb, 21st of October, 59-66.
2010, Jivkov, V., Yordanov, Y., Marinova, A. Improving by reinforcement the deflection of shelves made of Particleboard and MDF. 1st International Conference Processing Technologies for Forest and Biobased Products Industries, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, Kuchl, 7-8 October, 2010, p. 205-207.
2009, Pissareva, E., Jivkov, V. "Kitchen furniture design for people with physical disabilities". 20th International Scientific Conference Wood is good-new materials, quality and design of products. Ambienta, Zagreb, 16 October, ISBN 953292013-7, p.85-90

BOOKS:
2022, Marinova, А, Jivkov, V., Simeonova, R., Petrova, B. "Manual for Furniture Strength Design", 120 pages, „Avangard Prima“, ISBN 978-619-160-963-5
2021, Kyuchukov, G., Kyuchukov, B., Burov, Iv. Jivkov, V. "Requirements for furniture, doors, windows and wood and wood products according to European standards". 382 pages, „Avangard Prima“, Sofia, ISBN 978-619-239-560-5
2016, Kyuchukov, G., Jivkov, V. Furniture Design. Structural Elements and Furniture Joints, 452 pages, Bismar, Sofia, ISBN: 978-954-91648-6-2, DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.15573.83680
2011, Kyuchukov, G., Kyuchukov, B., Jivkov, V. , Marinova, А. "Physicomechanical and technological properties of wood of some valuable tree species in Bulgaria". 234 pages, „Avangard Prima”, Sofia, ISBN 978-954-323-901-6

ACCOLADES:
2019, "Аward for special contributions to the woodworking and furniture industry", Bulgarian Branch Chamber of Woodworking and Furniture Industry, BOROVETS, BULGARIA

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
English

COURSES, SEMINARS AND WORKSHOPS::
2005, Workshop "Open Up Sesame", Tempus Project, University of Forestry, Hafele and etc., SOFIA/Bulgaria
2010, „Building with sustainable resources“ , Intensive programme ERASMUS, University of Applied Science, SALZBURG/AUSTRIA
2011, 2010, „Building with sustainable resources“ , Intensive programme ERASMUS, University of Applied Science, SALZBURG/AUSTRIA
2012-til now, Workshop "Design project", University of Forestry, SOFIA/BULGARIA

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2020, X International Scientific and Technical Conference Innovation in Forest Industry and Engineering Design, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2019, 30th International Conference “Wood is Good”, Ambienta, ZAGREB/CROATIA.
2017, 28th International Conference “Research for furniture Industry”, University of Life Science, POZNAN/POLAND
2014, 24th International Conference “Wood is Good”, Ambienta, ZAGREB/CROATIA.
2013, 23rd International Conference “Wood is Good”, Ambienta, ZAGREB/CROATIA.
2012, 22nd International Conference “Wood is Good”, Ambienta, ZAGREB/CROATIA
2011, 21st International Conference “Wood is Good”, Ambienta, ZAGREB/CROATIA
2010, 1st International Conference “Processing Technologies for the Forest and Biobased Products Industries”, Salzburg University of Applied Sciences, KUCHL/AUSTRIA.
2009, 19th International Conference “Wood is Good”, Ambienta/ZAGREB, CROATIA
2008, VI International Conference “Furniture”, Technical University/ZVOLEN, SLOVAKIA.
2006, V International Conference “Furniture”, Technical University/ZVOLEN, SLOVAKIA.
2004, IV International Conference “Furniture”, Technical University/ZVOLEN, SLOVAKIA.
2002, ІІІ International Conference “Furniture”, Technical University, ZVOLEN/SLOVAKIA.
2000, ІІ International Conference “Furniture”, Technical University, ZVOLEN/SLOVAKIA.
1990, Seminar, "Furniture Strength Design", Purdue University, GRAND RAPIDS/USA

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2010-till now, Member as an expert of Bulgarian Institute for Standardization

JURY MEMBERSHIPS:
2021, Dibla Design Award, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2020, Dibla Design Award, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2019, Dibla Design Award, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2018, Dibla Design Award, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2017, Dibla Design Award, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2015, Bulgarian Furniture of the Year, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2012, Industrial Product Design Competition SOFIA/BULGARIA
2012, EcoDesign, Sofia Design Week, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2011, Industrial Product Design Contest, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2006, Concept BG Interior Design Contest, Galaxy Plaza, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2005, Open Up Sesame, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2004, SENZA Seating and Lighting Design Contest, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2003, SENZA Seating and Lighting Design Contest, SOFIA/BULGARIA
2002, SENZA Seating and Lighting Design Contest, SOFIA/BULGARIA

HOBBIES:
sport photography, ski, travel

CLIENTELE:
2013-2014, Kontura Pro, Design different products from solid surfaces
2021, Bulgarian Parliament, Interior design

WEB SITE:
www.ltu.bg

REGISTRATION DATE:
2021-06-27 08:42:32

COUNTRY:
Bulgaria

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional Partnership

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