What do Zaha Hadid and Polish design have in common? Where is Polish graphic design popular? What do young Polish designers have to offer the international community? Here’s our guide to the most important Polish design events around the world in 2017.
Waste Not at the International Fashion Showcase in London
The International Fashion Showcase accompanied one of the most important fashion events in Europe – London Fashion Week. The Showcase (17th – 21st February 2017) presented designs by the most promising young fashion designers from design schools around the globe. The Polish exhibition Waste Not featured seven collections by students and alumni of the School of Form in Poznań. Their designs were noted by the jury for their ‘ability to respond to changes resulting from globalisation, mass consumption and unethical behaviour in the fashion industry’.
The Waste Not exhibition, co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the Polish Cultural Institute and the School of Form, featured collections by Agata Birek, Agnieszka Tomczak, Anna Kujawska, Jagoda Fryca, Kasia Kwiatkowska, Michał Wiśniewski and Natasza Rogozińska. The curators of Waste Not, Wojciech Dziedzic and Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, chose the best diplomas from the Fashion Design Department of the School of Form in Poznań, which corresponded with the motto of this year’s International Fashion Showcase – Local/Global.
The curating duo Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka and Wojciech Dziedzic won the International Fashion Showcase Curation Award for the exhibition.
The International Fashion Showcase is organised by the British Council and the British Fashion Council during the London Fashion Week.
Students at Milan Design Week
The Milan Design Week (4th – 9th April 2017) is an event that draws thousands of visitors every year. For a week, Milan becomes the capital of the design world, a place where the newest trends and most prominent architects and designers from around the world come together. In 2017, Design Week will feature a big exhibition of designs by Polish students. The exhibition will be co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under the brand Culture.pl and Academic Design Center of the Strzemiński Academy of Art in Łódź and curated by Dorota Koziara, a Polish designer who, for the past decade, has worked with Alessandro Mendini – a guru of contemporary design, and companies such as Alessi, Swatch, Philips and Fiat.
Let’s Exhibit! Pop-Up Store in Seoul
A Polish design exhibition (1st – 5th May 2017) will be on display in one of the most original buildings in the world – the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul designed by architect Zaha Hadid. The exhibition, accompanied by a pop-up shop, is the outcome of Let’s Exhibit! (Wystawiajmy się!), a programme aimed at presenting Polish designers to an international audience during numerous events in the industry. Designers can apply for support in presenting their work at the most important design events and trade fairs all over the world. The organisers explain:
International design events usually focus on furniture and lighting. There is no space for the presentation of smaller designs, such as ceramics, glass, fabrics or paper products, which are all highly regarded and easy to implement. They are easy to produce, they don’t require big investments, while, at the same time, are an excellent example of Polish creativeness and innovation.
Focus on Poland at Design Week Lithuania 2017
This year’s edition of Design Week Lithuania (1st – 5th May 2017) will focus on Polish design. The exhibit will feature works previously presented at Polish Design: In the Middle Of, during Dutch Design Week 2014, by, among others, Kosmos Projekt, Oskar Zięta, Paulina Masternak, Bartosz Mucha and Marek Cecuła.
Graphic design at Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo
In May and June 2017, an exhibition of Polish graphic design from the past few years will be on display at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake, one of the most important cultural institutions in Brazil. The organisers say:
The exhibition is modeled after the Eye on Poland graphic design exhibition, which traveled to many countries and was organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
Let’s Exhibit! Pop-Up Store at the London Design Festival
Another Let’s Exhibit! pop-up store will pop up at the London Design Festival (16th – 24th September 2017). The organisers from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute explain:
We wanted people to be able to not only admire the best examples of Polish design, but also to be able to take them home with them on the spot. All over the world, we always hear the same question: where can I buy this?
Sources: culture.pl, originally written in Polish by AS, 27 Jan 2017, translated by WF, 22 Feb 2017, edited by NR, 23 Feb 2017