Let’s Exhibit! Polish Designers Travel the World 2018
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Thanks to the Let’s Exhibit programme, young, up-and-coming Polish designers will have the opportunity to present their work at some of the most important trade events around the globe. How far will they go this year?
In the spring of 2018, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute announced an open call for up-and-coming Polish designers. In this year's edition of the programme, out of over 70 applications, 15 designers and design studios were selected to receive support in order to give them the opportunity to present their work at some of the most important trade events around the globe. This is the second edition of the programme in which fashion designers were also invited to take part.
To date, over 275 designers and design studios have applied to take part in the Let’s Exhibit programme – 77 of which were granted co-financing, enabling the presentation of their work at nearly 70 trade events across the globe.
This year, two sets of juries met to select the Let’s Exhibit 2018 designers in which members of the Polska Design team of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute deliberated with external experts. Product designers and studios were chosen by Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka and Michał Stefanowski, while the fashion jury included Janusz Noniewicz and Marcin Różyc.
17th – 22nd April 2018, Salone Satelite in Milan
The trade show season opens with a presentation of the Fossils and Earth Stone Wood collections created by Anna Bera (The Whole Elements) at the Salone Satelite in Milan during Milan Design Week. Both collections are inspired by nature, based on a search for features that have a significant impact on human beings.
The Fossil collection consists of a hand-carved cabinet and table, as well as ceramic dishes and a rug. The designs bring to mind fossilised rocks – all of them focusing on the sense of touch. Earth Stone Wood is a collection of multifunctional modular furniture inspired by Łysogóry quartzite. In both collections, nna Bera emphasises that found objects are her source of inspiration.
19th – 22nd May, WantedDesign in New York
During the WantedDesign festival in New York, Kosmos Project will show their Future Illusions project consisting of objects presenting different visions of the future. Some of the ideas presented by the designers are already being implemented, others will remain forever a mere fantasy.
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WantedDesign will also feature works by the UAU Project in its prestigious LaunchPad section, which showcases selected young talents from around the globe. UAU Project will present a selection of products for everyday use printed with a 3D printed and using natural materials.
WantedDesign is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the international creative community at large throughout the year. It’s two marquee events take place during May’s NYCxDESIGN in both Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Founded in New York City in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, WantedDesign has established itself as a constant and staunch supporter of U.S. and international design via events, conversations, and partnerships and its yearly programming aims to nurture New York City’s design dialogue. The event also serves as a popular and inspiring meeting point for designers, manufacturers, buyers, distributors, craftspeople, students, design institutions, the press and all design lovers.
7th – 14th June 2018, Jerusalem Design Week
A design group combining three studios: Syfon Studio, Zespół Wespół and Traffic Design, will prepare a site-specific spatial installation during this year's Jerusalem Design Week. The project will refer to the theme of the festival: Conservation/Conservatism. It will be created as part of joint workshops and the construction itself will take place on the spot, where, as one of the main attractions of the Jerusalem Design Week, it will be shown throughout the duration of the festival.
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30th June – 3rd July 2018, Tendence – International Consumer Goods Fair in Frankfurt
The next presentation of Polish design will take place at the Tendence Fair in Frankfurt. WellDone will invite visitors into a home, or rather part of a house including a living room, kitchen and office. The house will be created out of spatial graphics on the walls, from which furniture will emerge. The shelves will be full of different products, which will be accompanied by short videos explaining how to use them. WellDone wanted to create a stand that affects the senses of sight, smell, touch and taste.
1st – 2nd June 2018, Calvert Foundation in London
The international presentation of Polish fashion will start in June with the premiere of the Surplus Project at the London Calvert Foundation. The exhibition will present pieces from the junction of fashion, visual arts and ecology.
Designer Magda Buczek draws inspiration from the fashion of the 1980s and 90s, when personal declarations were printed on t-shirts. Buczek uses her own slogans and prints them on clothes from the secondhand shops. The Surplus Project is also co-created by the fashion photographer Zuza Krajewska, graphic designer Emilia Obrzut, and founder of the clothing brand Local Heroes and environmental activist Areta Szpura. A performative fashion show will be an integral part of the project.
3rd – 7th July 2018, Fashion Week Berlin
In July, Polish designer Mariusz Przybylski will show his collection during Fashion Week Berlin. The presentation of showrooms will be focussed on industry experts – from fashion journalists and bloggers, to potential business partners and clients.
5th – 8th September 2018, Centre Stage Hong Kong
In September, Polish fashion designer Pat Guzik will present her clothes at Centre Stage Hong Kong. Her collection is based on her own original methods of clothing construction, which strives to use as much of the fabric as possible, so as to eliminate excessive clippings.
Ilustrations created alongside Matuesz Kołek are an important part of the collection. The illustrations are are transferred to the fabrics using sublimation printing. The collection combines techniques of hand sewing and decoration and streetwear fashion. The event will include a runway show and a presentation of the collection in a showroom.
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7th – 10th September 2018, Who’s Next in Paris
This autumn, Polish designers will head to Paris. In September, during Who's Next, Acephala will present their Spring/Summer 2019 collection Polish Artist Girl. The inspiration for its creation were two events: an exhibition by Zofia Stryjeńska during the International Exhibition of Decorative Art and Design in 1925 and Paulina Ołowska's exhibition referring to it at the 5th Berlin Biennale in 2008.
25th September – 3rd October 2018, TRANOI in Paris
At the turn of September and October during the Paris TRANOI fair, Confashion will present her latest collection of women’s apparel based on prints created in cooperation with artist Anna Pol.
The clothes are made of natural and synthetic fabrics. The collection includes brand-specific printed pleats and patterned knits. The presentation of the Doom collection will take the form of an installation designed by Ada Sokół. Sokół is one of the leading artists working in 3D technology – she has worked with Kenzo, Nike and Linda Farrow. The clothing will be accompanied by a catalogue of works by Polish artists and fashion photographers, including Gregor Różański, Sławek Czajkowski, Zuza Golińska, Marta Ziółek, Małgorzata Turczyńska and Bartek Wieczorek.
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1st October 2018, Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week
During the Amazon Tokyo Fashion Week, Nenukko will present their latest collection. The various forms of apparel are the result of design experiments in which the confrontation of classic elegance with geometric order and the functionality of work clothing plays a major role. Their main goal was to find universal solutions for everyday clothing, taking into account the versatile needs of the modern human being. Nenukko’s clothing has been developed so the combinations they offer give new possibilities in terms of functionality, aesthetics and individual expression.
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The Let's Exhibit! programme was launched by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in 2014. Designers can apply for support in presenting their work at the most important design events and trade fairs all over the world. Thanks to such support, over 70 Polish designers and studios were able to present their work at numerous international events, including Milan Design Week, Clerkenwell Design Week in London, WantedDesign in New York, DMY Berlin, London Design Festival, Maison et Objet in Paris, Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and more.
Participation in international trade fairs is an opportunity for designers, not only to present their work to the general public but also to network and establish contacts with industry professionals (curators, producers, distributors), to cooperate with international partners, as well as join the international exchange of ideas. Through showing presentations of young, creative, and innovative Polish designers, the Institute works to promote and strengthen the brand of Polish design worldwide.