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Polish Thursday Dinner with Donald Borkowski, photo: Sonni Holmstedt

With over 100,000 Poles living in Berlin, the influence of Polish culture can be felt throughout the German capital. And we’re not just talking about the pierogi and zapiekanki joints that pop up here with the regularity of mushrooms after the rain. Sasha Vasilyuk talks to Poles living in Berlin.

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Illustration by: Marianna Sztyma, New Atelier Coffee Service, designed by: Marek Cecuła, 2013, produced by: Polskie Fabryki Porcelany Ćmielów i Chodzież S.A., photo: Adam Mickiewicz Institute

It's not easy to show one hundred years of Polish design in just one hundred objects. Which ones were really the most important? The most intriguing? The Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s newest publication The ABCs of Polish Design features one hundred amazing Polish designs. The book will be featured during an exhibition in Berlin.

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Production of Human Trace porcelain tableware at the Ćmielów and Chodzież S.A. factories, photo: Arkadiusz Szwed

The creators of Human Trace tableware take a look at what happens at the factory behind the scenes: how delicate and beautiful pieces are manufactured and at the people who design them. This autumn, the People from the Porcelain Factory exhibition will be on display in Prague & Pilsen.

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Figurki (Figures), designed by Mieczysław Naruszewicz, 1957, illustration by Agata Dudek, photo: press materials

One hundred years – one hundred Polish designs. The ABCs of Polish Design exhibition at the Budapest Design Week will present some of the most important Polish designs of the past century from 28th September to 12th November 2017.

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SpinCar, design: Bartosz Borowicz & Mateusz Przybysz, photo: spincar.pl press materials

Genius can be celebrated or go unrecognised. The same goes for great design – sometimes it catches the world’s attention, and others, it doesn’t make it past the prototype phase. Call it chance, luck or fate, it’s just a fact of life. Here we take a look at some great Polish designs that never made it big, even though they really should have!

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Selected works of Magdalena Burdzyńska – painter, graphic designer, illustrator.

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Magdalena Burdzyńska, photo: Wojtek Szarski

Painter, graphic designer, illustrator. Burdzyńska is not afraid of bright colours and contrast, and conjoins various means of visual expression with plain geometrical forms.

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Photo: Fontarte

Paju Typography Institute (PaTI) near Seoul hosted an exhibition of works by Magdalena and Artur Frankowski of the Fontarte studio. The opening of the exhibition was accompanied by a lecture and a two-day workshop on book cover design. The Frankowskis also gave a lecture and conducted a workshop at the University of Seoul.

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Graduation Projects, photo: promotional materials

Poland will be an honourary guest at this year’s Design Week Lithuania, held at the beginning of May 2017. DWL will show five exhibitions featuring the best of Polish design. It will be the biggest presentation of Polish design in Lithuania to date.

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Riverside pouffes, design by Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa/Massive Design for an Italian company Tonon, photo: producer’s press materials

One of the most important prizes in the design world, the Red Dots are awarded for extraordinary quality and innovation. This year, 13 awards will go to Polish designs.

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Nikodem Szpunar, Prop, armchairs for Paged Collection, photo: Ernest Wińczyk

Polish design was presented at the Seoul International Handmade Fair. The exhibition was an attempt to challenge the vision of Poland, which is internationally recognised as one of the biggest producers of furniture and interior design, but still known rather for the quantity and availability of products rather than the quality of design.

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Exhibition presenting Polish design at the 2017 Seoul International Handmade Fair. It is an attempt to challenge the vision of Poland, which is internationally recognised as one of the biggest producers of furniture and interior design, but still known rather for the quantity and availability of products rather than the quality of design. Organiser: Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the Culture.pl brand Curator: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka Design: Studio Beton

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Hanna i Gabriel Rechowiczowie, beginning of the 1960s, photo: courtesy of Galeria Kolonie, Warsaw

Hanna Rechowicz (born 31st January 1926 in Warsaw) and Gabriel Rechowicz (born 17th March 1920 in Warsaw, died 7th December 2010 in Warsaw) was a couple of artist, frequently working together.

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Michał Kaczyński, Rafał Bujnowski. Polityka obrazów. Wybrane prace z lat 1999-2013 (Rafał Bujnowski. The politics of paintings: selected works from 1999-2013), commissioned by: Raster, 2013

Osan Cultural Foundation was the third venue in the Republic of Korea to host the exhibition of Polish graphic design. The event, held in the city of Osan, presented the selection of the best Polish posters, books, exhibition catalogues, CD and vinyl record covers of recent years.

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Renata Kalarus, photo: courtesy of the designer

Renata Kalarus, born in 1971, is one of the most recognisable contemporary Polish designers. She specialises in upholstered furniture, and her projects received several of the most important design awards in the world. She says about herself: stubborn and hot-headed.

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Tomasz Bersz, photo: Michał Korta/"Miliard rzeczy dookoła"

Tomasz Bersz, born in 1979 in Warsaw, is a graphic designer. He’s taken on many projects, including websites, visual identity, as well as books.

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Malwina Konopacka, photo: courtesy of the artist

Designer and illustrator from Warsaw, Malwina Konopacka worked for several important newspapers. Her vase designs, with colourful eyes, frivolous plants and, among them, stalking animals.

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Zupagrafika, Martyna Sobecka and David Navarro, photo: courtesy of the artists

Zupagrafika is a Spanish-Polish graphic studio based in Poznań. Their portfolio encompasses visual identities, exhibition space designs, as well as urban installations. However, their most famous work has to be a series of paper cut-outs based on modernist architecture and iconic works of Polish design.

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Katarzyna Kwiatkowska, Anna Kujawska, Agnieszka Tomczak, Natasza Rogozińska, Handmade Production Project Collection, photo: courtesy of School of Form

As part of the International Fashion Showcase 2017, students and graduates from Poznań’s School of Form present Waste Not, an exhibition which mixes local traditional Polish crafts with global trends such as up-cycling and slow-living.

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The Elwro Electronic Company in Wrocław, photo: Paweł Szecówka, courtesy of the Dizajn Gallery at BWA Wrocław

A modern take on a legendary graphic design exhibition, the power of Polish street art and the Polish computer industry– here’s a guide to the most important design exhibitions in Poland in 2017.

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