Made in Cosmos is a graphic design studio set up by two graduates from Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts: Katarzyna Muranty and Łukasz Sawicki. The studio is based in the capital’s Saska Kępa district.
Graphic design studio set up by Katarzyna Muranty and Łukasz Sawicki.
Although the pair have only been working together since 2010, they have already successfully collaborated with a number of well-known institutions and organizations, including the Warsaw Historical Museum, the National Museum, Polish Radio, the Jewish Historical Institute in Poland, the “ę” Association of Creative Initiatives, and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music. They particularly enjoy working on projects connected with culture. The design books, albums, catalogues, posters, corporate identities, websites, murals and music visualizations. They dislike chaos, referring to ugly things as beautiful, slavishly following the latest trends, and anything that lacks logic or consistency.
What about the name of the studio? Why Made in Cosmos? “We believe our ability to create, to craft, is a gift ‘from above’. This is also where every good idea comes from,” the artists tell culture.pl. Muranty and Sawicki studied Graphic Design for the Publishing Industry under Prof. Lech Majewski. Katarzyna Muranty designed a book to a text written by poet Jeremi Przybora, hence the title: Przybornik.
Kabaret Starszych Panów (The Older Gents’ Cabaret — a well-known cabaret show) is renowned throughout Poland and instantly makes you think of Telewizja Polska and all those wonderful tunes. I wanted to present those texts in a completely different form. To reinterpret them one by one. The result was an illustrated book which, unfortunately, remains unpublished, says Muranty. Łukasz Sawicki adds: The idea for my diploma work came to me after working on a design for an album by Eugeniusz Rudnik. I developed this theme because I had become fascinated by Polish Radio’s Experimental Studio and its use of vivid language.
Katarzyna Muranty and Łukasz Sawicki met before they began their studies, when they attended the Academy of Fine Arts’ Drawing and Painting Workshop run by Marek and Aniela Moszyński. “They were extraordinary artists and we learned a lot from them. The workshop had its own unique atmosphere. We met many people there — we later went on to study with them, and they remain active in the art world. That is where our roots are,” say the artists. With the passage of time, Muranty and Sawicki became romantically involved and began working together; their collaboration is the clash of two creative characters.
'But this clash is of a creative and developmental nature. We know our strengths, we share the workload. The most important and most valuable thing for us is consulting with each other on projects,” they explain. Their jointly developed principles involve the combining old and new and thinking “in collage' — this can be seen in their diploma work and in their collaborations, e.g. their poster entitled LIFE IS LIKE RIDING A BIKE, IN ORDER TO KEEP YOUR BALANCE, YOU MUST KEEP MOVING, and their Digipaks (Tango Fuerte, Students. 200 years of alma mater. The Fryderyk Chopin University of Music, Eugeniusz Rudnik).
The artists pay particular attention to typography. They are fascinated by the idea of letters as symbols: the typefaces of yore and the detail of individual letters. They try not to impose a particular style upon themselves, preferring it crystallize by itself as a result of their meticulous work. This is why the pair enjoy combining different artistic worlds and aesthetic styles; yet form and function are given an even footing, because the artists consider both to be of equal importance. With design, everything has to work like a well-oiled machine. The artists cite the infographics which appear in Italian magazine “IL” (Intelligence in Lifestyle) as an example of this. Sawicki and Muranty are inspired by the work of Francesco Franchi, and by many Polish poster designers, including Roman Cieślewicz and Wojciech Zamecznik.
Other wide-ranging sources of inspiration include designers (e.g. Sagmeister and Reza Abedini), artists (e.g. Picasso, Henry Moore, Antonio Tàpies) and street artists (e.g. JR, Escif). Urban culture (fashion, media, photography) provide them with an endless source of inspiration. They are also passionate about their city, both its designed elements (Warsaw’s modernist architecture) and its organically developing elements, which combine to form a coherent whole with its own unique character. Music also plays an important role in the artists’ lives: We have many musician friends, and we get a lot of ideas from their work. We listen to various artists, such as Bonobo, Tres. B, Birdy, Bobby McFerrin, Imogen Heap, Bebel Gilberto, Manu Katche and many, many others.
The Made in Cosmos studio is a member of the Association of Applied Graphic Designers (STGU).
Read more at: http://madeincosmos.pl/ (in Polish)
Author: Katarzyna Zacharska, September 2013
English translation: Garry Malloy
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