Must Have is the most important award in the field of design in Poland. Awarded by the Łódź Design Festival, every year it discovers and brings to light new names, brands and trends worth knowing. Here is a selection of some of the most interesting Must Haves of2017.
Forrest Oak Watch – Ewelina Bury
The Forest Oak watch is made of oak, stone and recycled nylon strips. Each watch is handcrafted and wholly individual. The watch was designed by Ewelina Bury and is produced by Wild Root.
Lotos Chair – Romuald Ferens
The Lotos chair is part of the history of Polish furniture. Created in the late 1970s by the Poznań-based designer Romuald Ferens, it has returned after nearly 40 years. In 1980, Ferens was still unknown when he was awarded first prize in the furniture competition at the Furniture Fair in Basel.
The functional and innovative chair, made from 47 movable elements and inspired by a blooming flower, was immediately met with interest from the western furniture industry. A Swiss firm produced 20 prototypes – the Zero Series – which it presented in Basel in 1981. Two of these prototypes made their way to Poland, where Ferens placed them in his own apartment. Today the manufacturer of the Lotos chair is Politura, a brand dedicated to bringing back furniture designed in Poland in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Table ST Calipers Custom – Piotr Grzybowski, Magdalena Hubka (Swallow’s Tail)
In 2016, the young Wrocław design studio Swallow’s Tail (named for the joints used in woodwork) received one of the most important design awards – the iF Design Award. The award-winning Calipers table is characterised by its distinctive legs, which resemble a compass. Designers Piotr Grzybowski and Magdalena Hubka describe the table as ‘compact and ready’. Thanks to its simple construction, it can easily be folded and unfolded in new places.
Writing Desk TAMO – Marcin Laskowski
The TAMO writing desk is the work of Marcin Laskowski’s Gdańsk-based carpentry studio, which creates its own designs in solid wood. Their award-winning furniture is always made of Polish oak and finished with natural oil.
inkBOOK Prime Reader – Piotr Maciejewski, Michał Meiser (ID GROUP)
The inkBOOK Prime is a 6-inch e-book reader designed by Piotr Maciejewski and Michał Meiser from ID GROUP. In 2017, the reader from these Wrocław-based designers received a Red Dot, the most important design award in the world, known as the ‘Oscar of design’. Paweł Horbaczewski’s Arta Tech manufactures the e-reader.
Tauko Table – Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa
The designer of the Tauko table, architect Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa, is the founder of the Massive Design studio, whose projects have received many prestigious awards. In 2017, ‘Mac’ Stopa was awarded Red Dots for his Pelikan chair, the interior of the Warsaw Spire lobby and his Arstyl decorative panels.
Zofia Chomętowska Album – Anna Piwowar
Designed by Anna Piwowar, this 4-part album is the 2016 Photographic Publication winner, awarded by Fotopolis.pl. Its authors – Karolina Puchała-Rojek, Anna Kotańska and Anna Topolska – created the first such extensive profile of the photographer Zofia Chomętowska, an active and cosmopolitan aristocrat. The book explores the four faces of the artist – the enthusiast, the professional, the documentarian and the émigré. Nearly 70 years of life and creativity is presented against the backdrop of pre-war and post-war Warsaw, Chomętowska’s native Polesie, and exile in Argentina. The work is published by the Museum of Warsaw and the Archaeology of Photography Foundation.
Flaxen printed fabric – Marta Sułocka (Made of Cloth Textiles)
This linen fabric for interior design was created by Marta Sułocka. Born in Poland, this young self-educated designer now lives in Vermont, USA. She runs Made of Cloth, her own design studio. The organisers of Must Have describe her work:
Screen printed by hand or with innovative digital printing using eco inks and pigments. The designs are based on original drawings and sketches made by Marta.
NAPKA Day Bed – Tabanda
This Gdańsk-based design group has received multiple awards for its distinctive furniture cut from plywood using a CNC milling machine. Designed by Małgorzata Malinowska, Filip Ludka and Tomek Kempa (TABANDA), the NAPKA day bed can be used for sitting or lounging, depending on the arrangement. The minimal and asymmetrical form was inspired by the couches of the 1970s.
Nest Crib – Wood Republic
Nest is a crib that grows with the baby. Depending on the needs and age of the child, you can easily adjust the level of the mattress or remove the side walls to make a bed. The piece was created by the design studio Wood Republic, inspired by lofts and Scandinavian aesthetics.
Sources: musthave.lodzdesign.com, pl.dawanda.com, tabanda.pl, madeofcloth.com, politura-berlin.de, urzadzamy.pl, ikony-designu.pl, culture.pl; originally selected and written in Polish by Agnieszka Sural, 20 Jun 2017, translated by AGA, 26 Jun 2017.