Raya Stefanova is a Bulgarian designer educated in the Netherlands. She began her independent design practice after receiving a BA from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2014. Her approach to design is a unique balance of the skills and sensitivity of the hand made with the power and intelligence of current issues concerning humans and their environments. Her pieces demonstrate both materiality and experimentation backed up with a thorough research and often the meaning prevails over the function. Raya is currently the artistic director of ONE DESIGN WEEK an international festival of contemporary design in Plovdiv.