8 Zany Objects of New Polish Design
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Culture.pl singles out the strangest, most innovative design projects from Polish talents in recent years. Award winning and convention blasting, these objects are true studies in eye-opening form, function and concept.
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Gosia and Tomek Rygalik - Baguette Tables
Tomasz Rygalik was raised in a time of economic transformation in Poland, which engendered a real sense of resourcefulness in him - and a knack for adapting a particular object to an entirely novel purpose. He and his wife Gosia came up with the concept of the Baguette Table as a way to call attention to food waste, and to show how materials for design are "all around us". The couple first presented the series at Vienna Design Week Laboratory in 2011, where they invited guests to enjoy some fresh bread at a table made of stale bread.
Kosmos Project - The Heart
Kosmos Project has taken inspiration from a combination of biology and emotion to create objects like this decanter, made of laboratory glass that carries multiple associations: the healthful properties of wine, its effect on our senses in an altogether alchemical sense, and its scarlet hue, so much like the essential fluid running through our veins. Created in 2008, The Heart is an example of how the Kosmos team experiments with form, colour and material, juxtaposing elements and associations from various realms.
AZE Design - Messy Tablecloth
The Messy Tablecloth was designed by AZE in 2006, inspired by the anxiety felt by hosts and diners about spills, then flips that emotion to promote a sort of messiness that "promotes relaxation during and after meals". The design was recognized by the British Council and the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw in 2007. The duo behind AZE left the city for the country, drawn by traditional craftsmanship in the Podlaskie region of Poland, and now incorporate those time-honed perspectives on design into their own projects.
Beton - Home Cinema
As the ultimate in retro technology, Beton's Home Cinema is made up of 24 individual booklets linked together to re-create a screen shot from television. Users can "change the channels" by flipping pages in the booklets, redefining the concept of what is interactive and engaging the viewer directly. Exhibited at Łódź Design Festival 2008, Home Cinema reflects Beton's versatile tongue-in-cheek style that combines design forms with architectural functionality.
Pani Jurek - Maria S.C. Lamp
Pani Jurek's luminous tribute to Nobel laureate chemist (and fellow Pole) Maria Skłodowska-Curie is made of two rows of test tubes set within plywood panels in a structure referencing traditional chandelier form and Art Deco elements - with an innovative twist à la Duchamp. The versatility of a Marie S.C. lamp allows one to leave the tubes empty, fill them with water or coloured liquid, even stick flowers in them - endowing the object with an "experimental" aspect. Magda Jurek, the designer behind the quirky label, is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She brings a conceptual approach to her designs, and shies away from conventions and standards in favour of unexpected forms and solutions.
Agnieszka Bar - My Dear
Agnieszka Bar has honed her craft in glasswork, perfecting her technique only to create projects that tamper with the material's traditional guises. In 2012 she created My Dear, an ecological take on a hunter's most prized trophy, this time in a snazzy electric blue with branches in place of stag's horns. Bar's design technique is very much rooted in the arts, taking functional forms and twisting them with an unconventional approach.
Lapolka - Sitting Room Dog
Lapolka's whimsical lamp is inspired by the sight of a dog on the street wearing a protective collar. This led the design team to an unlikely association with a lamp - and in 2007 they created their Sitting Room Dog as a commentary on contemporary design. Combing art and play in their objects, the group delves into the unconscious to create the most surprising design solutions on the market.
Agnieszka Lasota - Furniture with Memory Series
Agnieszka Lasota's Furniture with a Memory series incorporates the nostalgia of memory into functional objects including tables, cupboards and mirrors - usually antiques - endowing them with an image of one's predecessors. Lasota aims to highlight the ephemeral nature of time and the material quality of the object - even if it has been slightly battered by time. Objects in the series have been shown at the DMY Fair in Berlin and the Salone del Mobile in Italy to critical acclaim that remarked on the designer's combination of artistic elements of new media with the practicality of home furnishings.
Editor: Agnes Monod-Gayraud