Designers From Poland at Meet My Project in Paris
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Culture.pl presents a select group of designers from Poland at the 13th edition of Meet My Project, which will be held from 24 to 28 January at Le Lieu du Design in Paris.
Meet My Project defines its mission as promoting design and contemporary creativity and uniting the various actors of the design world supporting this process – designers, publishers, manufacturers and distributors. Through a selection of innovative objects in the world of textile, furniture and new technologies, Meet My Project explores the evolution of design from initial concept to final design from the perspective of the individual working process of each designer.
Polish designers participating at this year’s event include many auspicious names in the field. First on the list is Agnieszka Bar who specialised in glass design at the Academies of Fine Arts in Wrocław. Under her own brand name, she designs glassware and unique pieces, such as Sheep or Flounces. Her most well known designs are the On Finger tumblers and Group Vase, presented at numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad.
Aleksandra Gaca is another prominent contemporary Polish designer. Based in the Netherlands, her tactile 3D fabrics are suitable for all disciplines and contexts, from fashion to interior design to architecture. Among her prestigious international assignments are both commercial and institutional projects, e.g. Hermès boutiques in China and South Korea commissioned by Rena Dumas Architecture Intérieure in France, as well as the Dutch Embassy in Berlin in Germany, with the recommendation of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Bartek Mejor makes the most of the potential offered by contemporary technologies, and merges them with traditional craft techniques. Since 2008, he has been collaborating with a leading Portuguese porcelain and lead-crystal glass manufacturer, Vista Alegre. Mejor also works as a consultant for brands such as Wedgwood and Royal Doulton.
Jan Kochański’s designs have been awarded and recognised at many domestic and international competitions, e.g. Must Have and Make Me! at the Łódź Design Festival (PL), Mazda Design, Freedom of Creation and Young Design organised by the Institute of Industrial Design in Poland, and, most recently, the prestigious Wallpaper* Design Award 2014 for his Sweeper and Dustpan.
Maria Jeglińska was awarded a scholarship from the KEA foundation in 2007 that led her to work for Galerie kreo in Paris, Konstantin Grcic in Munich and Alexander Taylor in London. She established her office for Design & Research in 2010 in London.
Monika Patuszyńska is another designer on view. After having worked at Ulrike Weiss’ Studio in Paris, in 2002 she established her own studio in Milanówek, Poland. In 2008 she took over the International Symposium of Ceramics Porcelana Inacze [Porcelain Another Way], of which she was president until 2013. Since 2009, she has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (AIC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Monomoka (a.k.a. twin sisters Monika and Kasia Gwiazdowska) gained experience working in the field of architecture and interior design, as well as graphic arts, furniture design and set design. The siblings have joined their abilities to hand sew, crotchet and knit, which they had learnt as teenagers back in communist Poland, with their creative experience as interior designers and architects, combining beautiful, unique form and pure function.
Another emerging designer, Ola Mirecka’s work often explores the idea of drawing, through three-dimensional language, narrative, performance, and moving image. Mirecka’s projects were exhibited internationally including Milan, London, Warsaw, Eindhoven, Berlin, Vienna, Reykjavik and Tel Aviv.
Paweł Jasiewicz designs universal products, combining functionality and construction solutions, which he achieves through observing cultural and technological processes. Since 2010 Jasiewicz has taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, where he also established EPD – Experimental Wood Platform workshops.
Przemek Ostaszewski is a multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur working with product, scenography, public space, graphic works and sound. MONO is one of his most recent initiatives, set up in cooperation with Małgorzata Żółkiewska - under this label Ostaszewski designs, produces and sells furniture, tableware and decorative objects. Przemek has worked on product and packaging.
And finally on our list, Tabanda, a design team of three - Małgosia Malinowska, Filip Ludka, and Tomek Kempa - will be among the participants of this year’s event. Tabanda breaks the common production stereotypes by their use of locally sourced plywood - a natural and eco-friendly material, which until recently has still been undervalued. Their products were presented at many trade fairs and exhibitions in Poland and abroad.
More emerging talent presented at this year’s event include designers from France, Brazil, Canada, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, South Korea, the U.K and the U.S.A.
Warsaw-based art historian and critic Klara Czerniewska’s opening note on the Designers From Poland catalogue, published on the occasion of this year’s event, reads:
Polish design is finally making its way to the collective consciousness, both at home and globally. After years of struggle, managing the design process from inception to implementation to production, designers from Poland are now being recognised in ever wider circles.
Emerging young Polish designers participate once a year at the Łódź Design Festival - one of the biggest design events in Central and Eastern Europe and the hub for the local community. Thanks to Meet My Project 2014 in Paris, designers and design audiences beyond Poland will have the chance to meet their most audacious representation, amongst some of the world’s most promising young names.
The Adam Mickiewicz Institute and culture.pl are official partners of this Meet My Project 2014 in Paris.
The full Designers From Poland catalogue can be downloaded at: http://www.meetmyproject.com/
Source: Meet My Project, edited by E.M. 21.01.2014