The Foundation

“Paladim” Foundation is devoted to educate and inspire youngsters from all ages about creativity, learning and giving their gift to the world. We aspire to motivate young people who are willing to learn and motivate them to grow as individuals.

Change is inevitable and it always starts from within. We want them to get curious about the world and encourage the youth of this generation to take charge of their own lives and change the world in the process. As Gandhi have said “If you want to change the world, start with yourself”. We encourage them to focus on strengthening the body and mind in devotion to living a better life. Not only for ourselves, but for our community, environment and our mutual home, planet Earth. Yes, we will not change the world today or tomorrow, but we are already taking steps towards a better future. These are some of the activities we are involved in:

Host meetings with students from schools and universities, where we discuss a range of topics - environment, creativity, human relations, business, finances, books and many more. We believe that these meetings are highly beneficial for the students and empowers them to think outside of the box.

Our organization is a strong believer in the saying “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. We plant trees in urban regions and gather volunteers for a noble cause. As we plant trees and learn about the importance of our environment, we take the opportunity to meet new people, share mutual interests and hopefully ignite friendships. We are driven to raise awareness about nature and the crucial role it plays in our lives. It is unique and beautiful, which is why we cannot stay indifferent. As cities grow bigger and forests are cut, it is our duty as citizens of the world to make a change.

Host workshops for building bird houses, feeding animals and environmental care. People who are attracted to what we do come to our workshops to listen as we share our knowledge in woodworking and show it in practice. We try to stir their imagination and inspire everybody that what You do matters.

Organise outdoor activities and games for smaller children. We encourage them to play with each other and learn something new. Movement frees the mind and the body.

Everyday at the Paladim Workshop we use our imagination to visualize the ideas we have, and later on, materialize them using wood and our craftsmanship skills. What an exciting process it is to watch how a piece of wood turns into that beautiful vision you had at first - a desk lamp or maybe a wall clock. An old lightbulb becomes a stylish vase. Our creations are beautiful as they are, because we love everything we do and we make it with passion.

There are many stages of our work that remain unseen in the finished products. When finished, our items look simpler than they really are and many people do not realize how much effort was put into it.  We have worked tirelessly to satisfy our customers and create something that is appreciated by thousands of people. We are proud to bring happiness and grateful we can make a change.


Inside the Paladim workshop

An old garage that was used as a storagehouse, this is what our workshop used to be. However we are proud to have made many changes and improvements, so we can work easier and better on our designs. After all, we spend most of our days here and it has to be a cool place to be.

Dimitar and Davis, Paladim      


How it's made

Our friends from WEARE Creative Group came to visit us and made a short video of a Kran desk lamp being made. Secrets and tools of our sorcery revealed!


How it all started...

Dimitar here. First, I should tell you that I have been creating and making things since ever.

As a kid I used to take toys apart and use their components to create my own R2D2s and some fancy gadgets (which almost never worked as planned...). Then it was time to make some bigger projects, like rebuilding bikes (surprise - a BMX tyre works on a mountain bike!). And after that, it was the IT period, when I started programming computer games and started exploring the world of graphic design.

Then, during my second year in the University of National and World Economy (UNWE, Sofia, got my bachelor's degree in HR there), I decided I should have a home-built lamp. And so I did. It didn't turn very nice and I had to make another one, and then I had an idea for a third one and there the story goes on... A lot of work, loud noises at home (hammering and cutting wood planks, my sister hated it...) and there was the first sale. A few months later I moved to our current workshop and started working together with my brother Svetoslav. In a few words, this is how it all began. I only hope for the best of Paladim and I am sure we'll keep progressing.

Since 2012 we have developed many projects, of which only the best ones survived. We have shipped over 2000 items in 52 countries around the globe and we keep on improving our work.

We have always strived to provide well-designed products of good use and quality, that will stand the test of time. And most important, we combine modern style and wood in our own Paladim style. So go ahead, make a nice addition for your home or office, be creative!


Dimitar Palanski
founder, designer


Svetoslav Palanski
event manager, designer

Davis Nikolov


WWF support

By ordering from us you help us support the WWF together. We make decent monthly donations to WWF-Bulgaria, small changes make a difference.
Get to know about how WWF works and help build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature on their website.