Urban games, drinking pipes and chairs made of barrels: Pludra's designs combine functionality, minimalism and a sense of humour.
Designer, working in product, social and exhibition design.
His intriguing portfolio consists of light-heartedness combined with social commitment. In addition to industrial design Pludra also designs exhibition spaces and scenography for theatre. He graduated from the Faculty of Industrial Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. As a student, he was a member of the PG13 group led by Tomek Rygalik. He stayed at his alma mater, where he has been teaching since 2011. In 2013 he earned his PhD.
The furniture designed by Pludra is cunning and minimalistic. Both the Hydraulik/Plumber set of furniture and his design for an armchair made from a barrel operate on similar principles: the designer uses unexpected materials, such us hydraulic fittings or plastic barrels, turning them into functional stools or armchairs. The idea of ease of folding also lay behind his design for a wedge-shaped chair, the individual components of which can be put together without additional fasteners.
Pludra willingly experiments with the structural elements, such as by stabilising a table with a steel cable (Pinezka/Drawing-Pin) or by using a decorative truss as the basis of a structure (Rein Chair). He also does not shy away from courageous multi-functional projects – his Krzesłofon / Chairphone was conceived as a piece of furniture as well as an musical instrument.
Lapacho wood beams attached to a light structure function as a seat as well as a xylophone. Pludra’s ceramic designs are very humorous. Chopin-Nos, referring ironically to the composer’s characteristic feature, was conceived as a response to low-quality Chopin memorabilia. On the other hand, Pijałka / Drinking Pipe is a fresh take on a vessel used for drinking mineral water in spa houses. In Pludra’s interpretation, the drinking vessel gained a minimalistic white shape, based on delicate curves reminiscent of the figure of a swan.
He also designs objects to make the lives of the disabled and senior citizens easier. He’s been working on a device that is to be used for spine rehabilitation, as well as on the objects that may be used for therapy and stimulation of children suffering from cerebral palsy.
Pludra’s exhibition arrangements are also decorated according to minimalistic idiom, playing on a limited muted colour palette, such as in Adam Mickiewicz Museum in Istanbul, created together with Maciej Stefański.
He also runs design workshops involving participants in building structures from simple materials. The event HOL run jointly with Jakub Sobiepanek, which accompanied the exhibition We Want to be Modern, resulted in a spectacular structure enclosing the lobby of the gallery. The urban actions organized by Pludra explore the possibility of interactions between people by introducing an element of play. In his hand, an old siren turns into a play area, and a truck with boxes attached to a bicycle becomes a mobile lending library.
Selected Exhibitions and Awards
- 2014 Młoda Polska Scholarship, Polish National Centre for Culture, for 'Design for Grandma and Grandpa'
- 2013 DMY International Design Festival, Berlin
- 2012 PG13: THE GREATEST HITS, Łódź Design Festival, Łódź
- 2012 ELEVEN, Tent London, London
- 2011 ScrapLab Design Contest, Munich
- 2010, 2011 DMY, Berlin
- 2010 "Przetwór roku" for the chair made of barrel
- 2009 Warszawa w Budowie, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw
- 2009 PG13, Lost in Production, Łódź Design Festival 2009, Łódź
- 2009, 2010, 2011 Przetwory, Warsaw
transl. GS, August 2015