Polish-Indian Design Featured at the Polish Institute in Delhi
small, Polish-Indian Design Featured at the Polish Institute in Delhi, Tomek Rygalik, "Genotyp", lamps made of corian, Photo by Ernest Wińczyk, rygalik tomek 1_6861959.jpg
Gosia and Tomek Rygalik, two Polish designers, have recently collaborated with Indian furniture designer Gunjan Gupta on a project called Tableware, which is showcased at the Polish Institute in Delhi.
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This project was created as a part of the Polish-Indo Design Project 2015. The goal of this project is to present works by Polish and Indian designers to a global audience. Students will be chosen to study in Poland by the Polish Institute through a series of workshops.
“Tableware” seeks to bridge the two cultures by using traditional utensils from both India and Poland. The artists seek to represent the design and culture of their respective countries through their work. The Rygaliks and Gupta believe this to be an exciting opportunity to help students learn about their own culture as well as learn about another.
"The aim is to exhibit common grounds and differences between Indian and Polish culture and their sensibilities via Indian crafts and Polish industrial products," Gupta states.
Anna Tryc Bromley has also expressed her hope for this to be a successful cross-cultural exercise. "I wish that the new premises of the Polish Institute will become a second home for creative people and their ideas from both countries," she said.
Gupta’s work has been recognized by the Indian art community as well as internationally. She has won several prestigious awards such as the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur in 2007 and the Designer of the Year Award by Elle Decor 2012. Her work has also been displayed at Design Miami /Art Basel / Fuorisalone in Milan / Design Days Dubai, where it has garnered a lot of positive attention.
Rygalik has studied at both the Technical University of Łódź and the Pratt Institute in New York, and he currently runs the PG13 studio at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. He is focused on the practicality of design, and emphasizes the usefulness of his work. He believes that smart design can improve the world, which is evident in his pieces. His work has won many awards, such as the First Prize Award at the 2006 International Bombay Sapphire Martini Glass Design Competition (along with with Dutch designer Jorre van Astem), the BSI Environmental Design Award 2005, and the 2004 Rosenthal Design Award. He was also a finalist for the British Council's International Young Design Entrepreneur of the Year 2007.
Much of Rygalik’s work has to do with the conceptualization of experience. She specifically focuses on the experience of food, which has formed many of her theories on design. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2010 and has been a member of PG13 and Studio Rygalik.