Beza Projekt is a Warsaw-based studio founded by designers Anna Łoskiewicz-Zakrzewska and Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik.
Beza Projekt straddles the threshold separating the world of functional objects from the world of conceptual artefacts. And there, in that intermediate terrain, the studio creates products and small architectural projects which are characterized by simplicity and wit.
Beza Projekt’s work explores the idea of creating one’s own space and encourages user participation. One of their stand-out creations, a conceptual piece entitled Space Separator, is a witty response to the problem of the division of space. By juggling elements of design and art photography, Beza created a transparent cube constructed from colourful rods. The cube can be placed in any space, be it to separate oneself from something unwanted or disliked, or to protect something precious. With its award-winning Prism project, Beza Projekt offered another take on the idea of creating and dividing surroundings. This space divider is a light wooden construction with a transparent banner sheet stretched over it, which allows for both the penetration of light and a sense of privacy.
Beza Projekt, Milk and Honey set, Courtesy of the Beza Projekt
Beza Projekt achieved international renown with its Milk and Honey set, created to commemorate the Polish presidency of the European Union. In toying with the idiomatic expression ‘a land of milk and honey’ and recalling the long history of Polish honey-making, the designers came up with a design that translates this tradition into simple and modern shapes. A golden, shimmering package holds a set of utensils and ingredients necessary to prepare a nutritious drink. Enveloped in a golden web is a spoon, a milk glass, a jar of honey and a recipe. Subtly playing with traditional motifs by, for example, casting the cup in a shape of an old-fashioned milk can, this design seeks to capture fleeting tastes and aromas. The Milk and Honey set is the most acclaimed of Beza Projekt’s designs to date, having received nominations and awards from prestigious international design competitions. The revisiting of tradition is a common thread running through the studio’s projects. The designers further explored this theme while creating a series of bathroom furniture (whose shapes were based on those of traditional washing bowls) and in their design for a beehive made of cork, inspired by the tradition of using this material in Sardinia.
Beza Projekt, project "Plaster Patch", Courtesy of the Beza Projekt
In their newest project of patches for self-construction, Beza Projekt’s designers revisited a DIY approach to design, something they had touched upon previously with their space dividers. They created bandage-like red patches from sheet metal, bent in a variety of ways to offer the user as much choice as possible when connecting components. In a subversive deviation from the norm, Beza Projekt opted to leave the connective pieces exposed; these patches are designed to be seen. Their bright colour and somewhat clumsy shape make them a critical part of the finished construction. Each patch functions as a connecting joint, as a decorative piece and as a tool of self-expression: a colourful celebration of individual creativity.
Agata Morka, August 2013
For Milk and Honey:
2011 Złoty Orzeł Prize in "Direct Mail"
Best Design 2011, FUTU Magazine
Nominated for Cannes Lions 2011 (in "Special Editions & Promotional Packaging")
Lodz Design 2009 Vitra Award
Must Have, Łódź Design Festival 2012 (Milk and Honey)
Dziecinada-Design for Children (Venice 2011, Rome 2011, Łódź Design Festival 2011)
Palermo Design Week 2009 (Chestnut stool)