Paweł Jasiewicz, born in 1977 in Świdwiń, north-western Poland, is a designer who graduated from furniture design studies at Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe in United Kingdom, and in industrial design at the Koszalin University of Technology in Poland.
In 2009, he co-founded the Kompott studio, which he ran until 2011. Subsequently, he founded his own studio, Pracownia Jasiewicz, in Warsaw. Over the last few years, he has worked in various fields of design ranging from furniture, design installations, medical equipment, packaging and branding design for brands such as Ikea, Amica, Narrogin Joinery, Paged, Yes, Greenpeace Poland, Touch Ideas, and Meden in Med, as well as for institutions such as the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw and Tatra National Park. He has also collaborated with Rygalik studio. In cooperation with Touch Ideas, he won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award for the design of packaging for Łomża unpasteurised beer in 2011. Since 2010, he has taught at the Faculty of Design at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. During his student exchange programme at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences in Finland (2005), he won a competition to design the furniture for a coffee shop located in the Nikkarikeskus Centre (the Finish Centre of the Crafts).
Paweł Jasiewicz's main field of creativity is furniture design combined with some components of interior design, and wood remains his favourite material to work with. Its quality and the dormant potential that lies within it have fascinated him for a long time, he revealed in an interview with Maja Święcicka for the Dom i Wnętrze (House and Interior) magazine.
As a matter of fact, I am perceived as a wood-lover, and there is a reason for it. There was a time when I spoke a lot about sensing the material and its structure. Wood is a very rewarding material in terms of the carving process you perform on it and its availability. It has plenty of fascinating and astonishing qualities. I have a close friend who is a pretty crazy scientist and engineer. He is very knowledgeable and open to all sorts of experimentation. One time, while treating a piece of some exotic wood, he picked up a relatively big splinter and put it in his mouth, just like a toothpick. After few moments, his face went numb. This reaction was caused by the neurotoxins contained in this type of tree. Most probably those trees were used for these very qualities by Native Americans to make arrowheads.
In some of his designs Paweł Jasiewicz combines wood with metal. His Lightbuoy lamp, designed in collaboration with Bartek Sobiecki, has a metal base and a wooden lampshade. For Vini Design, he designed a set of furniture built with a bending tube and a special material invented by the DuPont company which is mainly used to produce kitchen and bathroom tabletops as its basic structural components. In the Split line of furniture, comprising a hanger, a chair, a table and a lamp, Jasiewicz employed different techniques of wood-cutting and wood-bending. He is also a creator of Stół (Table) – a table designed for fast-food bars which has a drawer underneath the tabletop where the customers can place a tray with their food. Other products worth mentioning are Koncept (Concept) – a metal chair, and Regał (Bookshelf). The design of the latter, conceived in collaboration with Maja Ganszyniec and Krystian Kowalski, was inspired by the form of a fruit box.
In an interview with Culture.pl, Jasiewicz said that he doesn't favour any of his designs.
Each subject or project I've got involved with was special to me, and has compelled me to seek out ideas in response to new challenges.
Without doubt, one of the most original commissions he has has received was to design accommodation for bees. Jasiewicz was asked by the Greenpeace organization to build a chain of hotels for bees. The negative impact of urban development at the expense of natural environment, such as the use of chemicals to increase agricultural production, or the expansion of agricultural territories, results in gradual limitation of bees' living space and consequently in their extinction. This state of affairs was the main motivation for the idea of creating special habitats for bees in urban environments. Existing hotels failed to meet expectations. Therefore, Jasiewicz not only had to examine the subject matter, which was entirely unfamiliar to him, but also create a design that was superior to previous ones. Jasiewicz consulted many entomologists, and scrutinized the design of the existing hotels for insects. As a result, he created around 100 hotels, spread all around Poland, where various kinds of bee and other insects can live a harmonious and undisturbed life.
The works of Paweł Jasiewicz have been shown at many international design exhibitions held in Milan, Berlin, London, Tel Aviv, Cologne, Warsaw and Łódź, among many others.
Designer's website: paweljasiewicz.com
Awards and Nominations
- 2011 – Red Dot Communication Award
- 2010 – Kompott's nomination for the Breakthrough Talent of the Year Award, London
- 2007-2008 – Best design graduate shows (2+3d Magazine competition)
- 13.03.2014 - Ikea, ON THE MOVE, Stockholm
- 24-28.01.2014 - Lieu du Design, MEET MY PROJECT Designers from Poland, Paris
- 13-14.01.2014 - POLISHED UP design from Poland, Cologne
- 28.09.2013 – Design Het - Polish Institute, Budapest
- 26.10-11.11.2012 – Narrogin Project
- 2011 – European Congress of Culture, FIKKA – Discursive Furniture, Wrocław
- 2011 - Young Creative Poland: In Production, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan
- 2010 - Design Festival, Łódź
- 2010 - UNPOLISHED 2 – DMY Berlin
- 2010 - Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan
- 2010 - The Silesian Castle of Art and Enterprise, Cieszyn
- 2010 - Designblok 2009, Prague
- 2010 - UNPOLISHED 3 – Tuch+Technik Museum, NEUMÜNSTER
- 2009 - Young Creative Poland, London
- 2009 – City's Dynamo, Bęc Zmiana, Warsaw
- 2009 - DMY International Design Festival, Berlin
- 2009 - Polish Young Design, Tel Aviv
- 2009 - DMY Youngsters, Berlin
- 2009 - Rooted Design for Routed Living, CSW Warsaw
- 2008 - Make Me Design, Łódź
- 2008 - End of Year Show, Vitra, London
- 2007 -Smart Office 3 – KI, London
Author: Katarzyna Zacharska, transl. GS, May 2014