The name DBWT stands for the initials of the studio's owners – Daria Burlińska and Wojtek Traczyk. Their logo presents those letters in a thought-bubble and indicates that thinking is the key to their design philosophy.
A design studio created by Daria Burlińska and Wojtek Traczyk.
Daria Burlińska (born 1982) and Wojtek Traczyk (born 1971) are a couple in both private and professional life. She is a graduate of the Architecture and Design department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. He has been working as a graphic designer for the last 15 years. Thanks to this, DBWT has been offering a wide range of designing services since 2008: 3d - product, furniture, lighting, and interior design, 2d – graphics, illustration, animated films, web design, motion design.
The idea for the studio came when Daria was working on her final project and thesis at the Academy of Fine Arts. She designed a line of seats which were to be made entirely from recycled materials. Her research into adequate materials and experiments carried out on resources acquired from various factories resulted in a series of seats named Texere (in Latin: to weave, to build, to combine). The seat Cebula / Onion, the sofa Pajęczyna / Spiderweb, pouffe Kardynał / Cardinal and the seesaw Cebula / Onion were made out of polyurethane foam and steel construction elements. Yet, it was not only the use of industrial waste but also the construction solutions which made the project so unique. The designers looked for forms which were functional and at the same time could make use of the properties of the unusual materials used.
The form used in Cebula was continued in a project for a lamp, which was the first product to be marketed under DBWT brand and instantly brought huge success. The Cebula lamp made it to the finals of the 2009 Good Design contest, organized every year by the Institute of Industrial Design. The exhibition of Cebula at the international design fair in Milan not only brought considerable interest but also resulted in offers for DBWT to sell the project for mass production. The designers decided not to accept because they knew that it would mean making compromises, such as producing the lamp from new resources, which totally contradicts the creators' values.
Other DBWT projects were born from the idea of minimizing the use of both resources and energy: Guma balonowa / Bubble Gum (a lamp) uses little pieces of polyurethane foam – by-products of production processes. Each copy is different. Remont / Refurbishment (also a lamp) is a composition made from equal foam modules sewn together, which make for a variety of forms which resemble one another just like a family – we can see the consanguinity but there are no two identical copies.
Cumulus Maximus is a combination of a sculpture and a light source. It is a cloud of hand-crafted, glass balls. Some of them are LED light sources, some of them play the role of glass mirrors. Together, it looks like an artistic installation created from rays of light only.
Milk Product leaves you with a similar impression with its diodes shining among a set of recycled plastic yoghurt bottles. This project is addressed to children. It uses well known forms in a brand new way and thus opens up the imaginations of younger users. The light is soft enough to soothe a child's fear of the dark and guarantee peaceful dreams. DBWT studio is best known for its lights. However, the designers also work on a variety of projects in the field of product, interior and graphic design. In their work, they are guided by the principles of sustainable design and look for optimal answers to the questions: How? Why? For whom? As they say:
We love to think, analyse and offer our clients the most reasonable solutions.
Author: Krystyna Łuczak-Surówka, wrzesień 2013. Translated by W.O. 14th April 2014.