21st September will see the beginning of the London Design Fair. This year, the Adam Mickiewicz Insitute will be presenting the TEXTURA: A Polish Touch exhibition at Tent London. The exhibition will explore the relationship between texture and objects. It will be complementary to the previous years' presentations of graphic design and ceramics.
In Latin, the word textura means the arrangement and order of threads in fabrics. In the textile world, this word is also used to determine the method of weaving and the surface structure of pieces of clothing. It also means the internal structure, taking into account the characteristics and composition of each of its components.
The TEXTURA: A Polish Touch exhibition presents a wide array of Polish design based on researching the potential of certain materials and textures as well as their possible applications and various manufacturing techniques. The exhibition will also include pieces which combine techniques that are rooted in weaving textiles and patterns. The curator, Paulina Matusiak, has chosen 34 products, which will be arranged as if they are being interwoven. The large selection will emphasise the richness and variety of Polish design, placing visitors on the verge of excess, of being overwhelmed.
Poland has a rich tradition of designing and manufacturing textiles. From folk designs and outstanding Łódź-based textile designers, through the ŁAD artist co-operative and the Sopot school of textiles, to avant-garde Polish artistic textiles. Contemporary designers have a great need to learn about old manufacturing techniques, while at the same time getting to know newer ones. Production techniques are no longer associated with only one specific field, allowing for creative experimentation – using methods used in the textile industry, one can, for instance, make lamps or pieces of furniture. Technological advances and innovations in fabric design go hand in hand with finding new solutions in furniture design.
The exhibition will present works by 28 designers including, among others: vases by Malwina Konopacka, chairs by Oskar Zięta accompanied by acoustic textiles by Aleksandra Gaca and unique designs by Acephala.
At the TEXTURA exhibition, products will ‘intertwine’ with textiles, combining various materials in unconventional ways. The designs on display, arranged by Matusiak in rebellious, subtle and yet mysterious ways, make each other stronger, harmonise and tell brand new stories together.
Curator, graphic design concept and exhibition design: Paulina Matusiak
The event is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl.
Source: promotional materials, compiled by MK, 4 Sep 2017, translated by NR, 7 Sep 2017