Twelve top Polish brands with a focus on design are to be shown at WantedDesign, an event opening in the heart of Manhattan on May 18th. The show will be labelled #PLDSGN. In addition, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute will be showcasing Polish design during the concurrent New York Design Week, one of the biggest design events in North America.
The #PLDSGN: Up-and-Coming Designers from Poland exhibition will include contemporary products designed and manufactured locally in Poland. All the young design studios have been handpicked by the founders and art directors of WantedDesign, Claire Pijoulat and Odile Hainout, in co-operation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Monika Brauntsch. Each studio represents a different style, diverse materials, and distinct approach to creation. Jointly, they offer an image of the dynamically developing design realm in Poland.
The scenography layout authored by Dorota Kabała points to another current trend in Polish design – sustainable approaches to the manufacturing process in recognition of the related environmental expense. Spatial planning solutions include graphic design works accentuating the nature and energy of the exhibition, all by young Polish visual artist and illustrator Sabina Samulska.
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The presentation segment notwithstanding, the WantedDesign agenda includes another essential section: an international workshop for top schools of design from across the world. This year, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw has been identified as the leading institution for the festival’s entire workshop segment, its curriculum developed by two teachers from the academy, Tomek Rygalik and Jerzy Porębski, both of whom will deliver workshop classes on location in New York. The educational component was developed thanks to a collaboration between the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.
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WantedDesign is an event which has been attracting the international designer community’s attention ever since its first edition in 2011. Presentations and exhibitions apart, it offers a rich agenda of workshops, panel discussions, and pop-up stores. WantedDesign coincides with two major design-celebrating events on the East Coast – the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and NYCxDESIGN.
#PLDSGN – DESIGNERS / DESIGN STUDIOS
ALEKSANDRA MORAWIAK'S LIQUID MEMORIES
An illustrator specialising in collage and a photography graduate from the Łódź Film School. The main sphere of her interests is man and his relationship with space and himself, while the collage technique she makes use of is an ideal medium for envisioning new worlds. In illustration, she is particularly passionate about topics related to psychology, literature and cinematography. She has also created illustrations for magazines and movie posters.
ALICJA GETKA LAB
The brand Alicja Getka LAB creates oddly beautiful yet practical pieces for people who value handmade quality and unique well-thought-out design. The current collection of their accessories is based on leather (including vegan) craft and simple forms. Functionality goes along with aesthetics, interesting solutions and high-quality handmade production, with care for every detail from start to finish.
Their designs focus around nature, its shapes and symbolism continually giving them inspiration. By providing the ability to personalise the jewellery and create your own compositions, very special and intimate stories can be told. This is the essence of AnimalKingdom jewellery. A tiny piece of jewelry with a lot of substance.
ATOMY are the essential components of matter (yes, it's the Polish word for 'atoms') that form various molecules by combining together. When it comes to the brand, ATOMY are leather modules, designed to be assembled together and played with. Every product can operate individually or be combined to form matching groups or transformed into a completely new project. It all depends on the client’s vision.
Bro.Kat comes from Silesia, an industrial part of Poland. The name, meaning 'brocade', is also a direct reference to Silesian 'black gold', namely hard coal. In the olden days, hard coal provided the basis of the region’s prosperity. Nowadays, its role as a fossil fuel has diminished, but this brand is discovering it anew as an innovative material for building, interiors and design.
Fenek Studio is a small design studio and porcelain workshop based in Warsaw, founded by Agata Klimkowska and Antonina Kiliś. Since its inception, Fenek Studio has remained an independent experimental workshop for a variety of projects.
Hadaki is a small ceramic studio specialising in objects for everyday use, designed for those who like to have original and engaging things in their surroundings. All of them are handmade: from simple, pure forms, to organic shapes and colourful pieces.
The Pani Jurek brand was established by artist and designer Magda Jurek. It concentrates on lighting, kids' books and toys. Magda Jurek brings a conceptual approach to her work with the aim of creating products that are not obvious and not standard. She designs products which can be changed and rearranged together within spaces and which also awaken your own creativity. She's an advocate of sustainability.
Designing adorable items for adorable kids, Pani Pieska is a company specialising in toys and modern accessories. All the products are hand-made in a small workshop in the Bieszczady Mountains in Poland.
MAGDALENA PILACZYŃSKA / LOOK AT ME PLATES
Cut Me Out is the new collection from the brand Look At Me Plates, designed by the illustrator Magda Pilaczyńska. This time, alongside the plates there are cups, sugar-bowls, vases and other porcelain objects inspired by cut-out play. Magda Pilaczyńska also designs posters, most often for cultural events, using illustrations and collage techniques.
UAU Project is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Warsaw. Their current main interest is exploring and experimenting with consumer-oriented 3D printing for use in home production. They want to prove that 3D printing is the best way to make good design accessible. They develop their products with passion and commitment, from the best quality, biodegradable or highly recyclable materials.
Dwie Siostry Publishing is one of the most highly acclaimed publishers on the Polish book market. They specialise in children’s literature by both Polish and foreign authors. They value tradition as much as innovation, and aim to breathe new life into children’s classics and to revive the work of Poland’s very best graphic designers. They also promote lots of talented younger authors and illustrators. Their priority is to publish beautiful, clever and inventive books and to set the standard for Polish publishing.
Source: various press releases
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