Kamila Niedzwiedzka’s scintillating designs play with ideas of function and minimalism. The designer aims at elaborate yet simple and user-friendly structures of her products.
Designer, co-founder of Szpunar Studio together with Nikodem Szpunar.
Niedzwiedzka graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. She also studied at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin.
She was a member of the PG13 group led by Tomek Rygalik, and has been collaborating with Nikodem Szpunar since 2009. They initially worked as a creative duo under the label Poliszdizajn, but in 2013 they established Szpunar Studio, whose products have been repeatedly awarded at design festivals.
Niedzwiedzka’s works are the effect of a marriage of minimalism and functionality. In 2010, one of her designs was awarded the main prize at the Łódź Design Festival's Make Me competition. The Mosquito floor lamp designed together with Szpunar during their studies at Academy under the supervision of Professor Kozakiewicz is a portable, easy-to-assemble lighting system based a tripod structure. Its simple, clever design allows it to fold up into a compact form and fit into in a drawer. Thanks to its unique mobility, the lamp is both aesthetically appealing and functional. The adaptability of the lamp shade allows for different types of lighting: diffused and spot. The stability of the lamp structure is provided by a solution employed in tent tubes and walking sticks for the blind. The whole design was conceived so that none of its elements could be lost when subsequently assembling and folding it.
Niedzwiedzka's designs are characterized by similar structural cleverness, as evidenced by, among others, a desk made for Ervive, wherein simplicity of form is combined with ease of assembly. Opening a discreet side drawer without a handle reveals a minimalist interior with milled compartments for writing tools. The desk can be put together with just one key.
The consideration for product functionality is also evident in the design of the Madame pouffe. This compact, multifunctional piece of furniture responds to a variety of needs. It may serve both as a seat and a table while being a small storage compartment at the same time. On one side the top is flat and made of wood, on the other, covered with soft fabric.
The Prop family, designed for the Paged furniture company, is an extended furniture set consisting of seven seats and three versions of tables. The frame, made of components turned from beech wood, resembles the aesthetics of the 50s, but its characteristic feature is modern economy of means. A seat from the Prop family joined the MustHave 2013 list of the best items by Polish designers.
Kamila Niedzwiedzka’s works has been shown at Polish and international design exhibitions in Łódź, Milan, London and Stockholm.
Agata Morka, October 2015, transl. GS, October 2015
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
- 2015 - Too Much Too Much, Stockholm
- 2014 - Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan
- 2013 - MustHave nomination for Prop chair (Szpunar Studio)
- 2010 -Make Me, Łódź Design Festival, first prize for Mosquito lamp (with Nikodem Szpunar)
- 2009 - Przetwory, third prize (with Nikodem Szpunar)