Showcasing contemporary designers creating ecological art for animals. They strive to lead an urban life, while staying at peace with nature.
The aim of the project is to draw attention to animals living in cities, such as birds, insects and mammals. The invited designers from Poland have created nesting boxes for them. Their selection was based on their own experiences and express their concerns related to changes in the environment.
The booths presented in the exhibition are dedicated to various species of birds, such as the swifts that reside in the walls next to the designers’ studios, or the hedgehogs living in their neighborhoods. The projects demonstrate a very conscientious approach, using a natural protection system against harmful insects, or a slightly more humorous attempt to combat the thermo-modernisation of cities that deprives birds of their shelters. They also express a fascination with bats and an interest in insects. Throughout all of them, there is a desire to reconcile life in the city with a closeness to nature.
As Ewa Solarz, the curator, says:
Over 7 billion people live in the world right now. Half of them live in cities. The agglomerations are still growing, taking more and more space and absorbing the natural habitats of animals. Animals didn’t come to us – we took over the terrains they lived on. One way to help wild animals in the city is to make nest boxes available to them. These are the objectives of the project.
The project will present both new projects as well as existing ones – such as Dziupla (The Hollow) designed by Menthol Architects for passerine birds. As the architects say:
The subject of environmental protection is very important to us. We created the first breeding tower for swifts in Poland, which brought our attention to the issue of their protection. The project for passerines was inspired by observations in a nearby park. We wanted to refresh the typical image of nesting boxes and draw attention to the problem of the declining bird population in the city.
Designers taking part in the exhibition: Agnieszka Bar, Anna Szuflicka, Anna Łoskiewicz-Zakrzewska, Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik, Krzysztof Benke, Tomasz Korzewski (Beza Project), Asia Piaścik (Dingflux), Marta Niemywska-Grynasz, Dawid Grynasz, Małgorzata Ćwiek (Grynasz Studio), Monika Brauntsch (Kafti), Ewa Bochen, Maciej Jelski (Kosmos Project), Agata Kulik-Pomorska, Paweł Pomorski (Malafor), Marcin Pogorzelski (Mapog), Liliana Krzycka and Rafał Pieszko (Menthol Architects).
The project is being realised in association with Culture.pl, the flagship brand of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and thanks to financing from the Polish Institute in Stockholm. The exhibition will be open from 7th to 11th February 2017.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair
7th to 11th February 2017
Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö
Text originally published here: http://www.stockholmfurniturelightfair.se/press/pressmeddelanden/utstallare/12939