Bashko Trybek’s work, anchored mainly within the realm of small furniture and home accessories, is marked by a striking lightness and vivacity. Simple in forms and color, his designs seduce the imagination by inviting one to become a co-creator in the design process.
Trained as an architect and photographer, Trybek is a successful graphic designer running his own studio, Mundaka.
Trained as an architect and photographer, Trybek was a successful graphic designer running his own studio, Mundaka, while also working as art director for several magazines, including Fluid and Exclusiv, before venturing into product design. Yet the title Trybek chose, when asked to describe himself in one word, was that of ‘observer’ (www.matandme.com).
Careful observation incites him to draw inspiration from his immediate surroundings. The Gdansk lamp echoes the silhouettes of the shipyard cranes in the designer’s hometown, translating their shape and construction principles into a smaller scale object. With its sturdy black skeleton, the lamp emphasizes the utilitarian character of the task it performs. The series of lamps and vases called Made of Coal further weaves local history into his design practice. Inspired by graphite objects made by miners in 1970s socialist Poland to be given as gifts to dignitaries, Trybek intrepreted this traditional material by transforming it into thick geometrical shapes of cones, cylinders and cubes.
The quest for fresh solutions lies at the core of Trybek's award-wining Serpent shelving system. Here he pushes his minimal approach to its maximal limits: Serpent consists of simple wooden boards supported only by metal zigzag connectors in magenta, yellow and blue. Trybek also applies this simple palette, based on the primary colors used in printing, known as CMYK, in his Diamonds coffee table, where the diamond-shaped metal supports come in all four of these colors. The juxtaposition of plain glass tabletop and colourful and intricate diamond legs creates an object both light and joyful.
The CMYK colours are applied in an almost metaphorical way in the Antistress chair, an object that only gains its final shape through the user’s imagination and participation. Unoccupied, the Antistress chair is just a bare metal skeleton with a gridded seating area resting on thin legs. It is not until the occupant fills in the grid with anti-stress balls that the seat transforms itself into an armchair with more than five thousand combinations in which the balls can be placed. Thus the chair remains in a constant state of reinventing itself, depending on which patterns and colors are selected. This personalization and freeedom of choice, Trybek explains, allows the user to become "emotionally involved, creating a chair of his/her 'very own'."
Autorka: Agata Morka, September 2013
2013: Selected to MustHave! 2013 for Hyde shelf
2012: Design Alive Awards
2011: shortlisted for Salone Satellite Award for Serpent Shelving
2011: EDIDA Young Designer Talent 2011 — Elle Decoration Poland
2011: DESIGNEAST TOP 5 — Furniture Design for Serpent Shelving
2013: Salone Internazionale del Mobile Milan
2012: DMY Berlin
2012: Made of coal, Basel
2011: Salone Satellite, Milan