Barbara Krzeska Nominated for Design Alive Awards 2015
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Design Alive magazine is going to award outstanding personalities in design for their creativity and impact on culture. Who will receive the award for the Creator, the Strategist and the Animator? One of the nominees is Barbara Krzeska from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The Design Alive Awards, awarded since 2012, are considered the most prestigious awards for creatives in Poland. They are the so-called “Oscars in design” and given to people who bravely create new brands, services, products and spaces, and those who animate the knowledge, skills and flow of inspiration. The statues for the winners were designed by Oskar Zięta, one of the most renowned Polish designers.
The nominees of the 4th edition of the Design Alive Awards are made up of 30 people. The jury will choose the best Creator, Strategist and Animator of 2015. The winners will be announced during the official celebration. Ewa Trzcionka, the editor-in-chief of Design Alive and head of the jury, said:
This year's nominees surprise us with the diversity of their personalities, professions, fields of interest and scales of their operations. We have designers, architects, curators, entrepreneurs and managers. There is no place for lavishness and spectacular flashiness. Instead there's diligent work, a true calling and a master class of creativity. These people are the very source of new culture-making energy.
The winners of this year's edition will be chosen by a jury that includes: Ewa Trzcionka; Krystyna Łuczak-Surówka, a design critic; Ewa Voelkel-Krokowicz, president of Concordia Design; Iwona Gach, the marketing and promotion director at Design Alive; Przemo Łukasik, an architect at the Medusa Group; Magdalena Węglewska, PR director at Mazda Poland; Oskar Zięta, a designer and scientist; and Małgorzata Żmijska, a sociologist and curator.
There will also be a Readers' Award and a special mention given by Mazda Design, the patron of the competition.
The nominees of the Design Alive Awards 2015 are:
- Anna Pięta & Magda Korcz, HUSH Warsaw organisers – for organising a periodic event called Slow Fashion that lets people see fashion differently, in a more responsible, local and individual way.
- Ewa Gołębiowska, director of Zamek Cieszyn – especially for the cross-border project Wool Design: Carpathians which enables creative people to explore the potential of local identity and use it when creating new solutions for contemporary audiences.
- Edyta Ołdak, head of the “Based in Warsaw” Association – for seminars, especially Poprzez Kulturę dla Zmiany Społecznej and sensitivity to the needs of children with disabilities as presented through the Pudło w Grochy albo Gąbka na Biegunach project.
- Adam Pomian, Adam Godziek, Daniel Wahl, Anna Kopaniarz, the organisers of Tauron Nowa Muzyka festival – for joining the Strefa Kultury in Katowice (Congress Centre, Silesian Museum, NOSPR) together and presenting its architectural potential.
- Katarzyna Świętek – for the Polski Stół project, that engaged three Polish producers to create a product connecting good contemporary design with their long experience and production traditions.
- Agata Wilam, chairman of the Uniwersytet Dzieci (Children's University) – for sharing passion and knowledge with other people who want to learn in a different way and notice how influential it can be for societal development; for ideas of learning scenarios, shared online for free, prepared in collaboration with enthusiasts and professionals.
- Aleksander Krajewski, a co-founder of the Napraw Sobie Miasto foundation – for making people aware and motivated to take responsibility for public space.
- Paweł Janowski, Zofia Machowiak, Agata Pakieła, Żaneta Przepiera, the originators of the Zakład Makerspace in Poznań – for creating a place for DIY lovers; for integrating the local community and for their open formula.
- Ewa Solarz, an independent curator – for co-organising the Do It Your Way exhibition showing young Polish creativity in a different way; for an educational exhibition for children called Co To Jest Design? Krzesło.
- Barbara Krzeska, a manager at the Adam Mickiewicz Institute – for a broad scope of activities in overcoming stereotypes and promoting Polish design abroad.
- Hanna Kokczyńska, Michał Piasecki, Mikołaj Molenda, Benjamin Kuna & Jacek Majewski, the founders of Tylko – for creating an international brand that produces interior design products based on augmented reality in the personalisation of products.
- Manuela Waliczek-Rączka, Szymon Rączka, the founders of Handimania.com – for the answer to the ever increasing need to find independence from the consumptionist machine; for promoting resourcefulness and creating a contemporary global guide – an idea for a new business
- Michał Śliwiński, the founder of Nozbe – for constant development of an app that helps manage time, tasks, and self-effectiveness; for a tool used by creative people around the world that works for both individuals and collectives.
- Ewa Stiasny & Joanna Rzyska, founders of Wydawnictwo Dwie Siostry – for taking children seriously and adults lightly; for their unique intuition in developing their product offer with books that enable children to absorb content from both words and illustrations.
- Maciek Lebiedowicz & Justyna Burzyńska, founders of Pan Tu Nie Stał – for basing a business on a modern need customers have for irony about reality, the past and themselves; for their new clothing collection Na Szlaku and for opening the Bardzo Rozsądnie shop which sells good design at reasonable prices.
- Piotr Voelkel, founder of the Human Touch group – for basing development on knowledge, resources and experiences that spill over into seemingly distant units; for noticing gaps in the market and filling them with valuable undertakings.
- Michał Wojas, Maciej Dubiel, Marcin Marchewka, founders of FlyTech Solutions – for the daring use of a new solution in avionics, namely unmanned flights; especially for creating and implementing the Fenix system (which can be used for a variety of purposes) in the company Polska Dolina Lotnicza; for taking up discussions and acting in favour of the sustainable development of the drone market.
- Jakub Sobiepanek & Michał Woch, co-founders of Vzór – for introducing armchair projects by Roman Modzelewski as iconic interior design into popular consciousness.
- Piotr Wilam, Marek Kapturkiewicz, Ela Madej, Marcin Szeląg, partners of Innovation Nest – for knowledge, vision, and consistency in investments; for building a society of technology-connected start-ups which is ready to grow in the stream of megatrends of increasing online data (the Internet of Things).
- Jolanta Pasynkiewicz, creative director of Comforty – for the constant development of a brand that was declared “the representative of the Polish furniture industry” at Salone Internazionale del Mobile where they presented this branch in an international arena as creative and valuable.
- Maciej Siuda, architect – for the social sensitivity and innovative solutions implemented in a schools for Haiti project, taking into account a new approach to education.
- Gosia & Tomek Rygalik, designers at Studio Rygalik – for a skillful summary of their works at the Rygalik: Istota Rzeczy exhibition.
- Agata Bieleń, jewellery designer – for giving an alternative to jewellery as decoration; for finding beauty and nobility in simplicity.
- Piotr Musiałowski, architect – for a pertinent depiction of Poland's potential through the architecture of the pavilion at Expo Milano 2015.
- Jerzy Woźniak, Paweł Garus, founders of mode:lina studio – for their light touch when designing interiors in public spaces, e.g. Jabłko Adama Apple store and the Human Touch group exhibition.
- Marta Niemywska-Grynasz, Dawid Grynasz, designers at Grynasz Studio – especially for their Stół Polski project, presented at the Expo Milano 2015 showing the beauty of Polish culture through objects gathered on and around a table.
- Jola Starzak, Dawid Strębicki, architects at the Atelier Starzak Strębicki – for thinking out of the box in design, in-depth thinking and curiosity, and especially for the Dom Osiedle Mieszkanie exhibition.
- Krystian Kowalski, designer – for an explosion of good designs implemented by Polish producers; for sophisticated and unobvious, yet at the same time well-designed products for daily use.
- Alicja Patanowska, designer – for promoting Polish ceramics abroad and for the Plantacja project, which has already received many international awards.
- Paweł Jasiewicz, designer – simply for the beauty of things; for the design of hats with the Polkap company, furniture and toys for children ordered by the Chancellery of the President, and for projects made in Japan.
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Source: designalive.pl, edited by AS, translated by ND, 2nd November 2015