In autumn Polish design arrives in Prague with the exhibition Is Coral a Colour? to be presented between 25 and 29 October as part of the Designblok 2018. The jubilee 20th edition of Designblok will also see two other Polish presentations – the exhibition Best Before Tr_end by a Polish design group fformie as well as a showroom presentation of the Mamsam brand.
Is Coral a Colour?
The Is Coral a Colour? exhibition takes its name from a famous Polish tongue-twister Korale koloru koralowego…, which translates into English as 'coral-coloured corals'. Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, the curator of the exhibition, looks at the question of whether a country or region’s colour palette can be established. What are the colours of the Czech Republic? Poland? Slovakia? How about Hungary?
The exhibition analyses colours used by Czech, Polish, Slovak and Hungarian designers and their designs – vases, cups, fabrics – to try to discern if there are certain colour patterns that emerge – pinks and blues, greens and yellows.
The Colours of Polish Cinema: A Palette Analysis
Single colours are easy to see: green, blue, red. When put together, they cease to be unambiguous, they become a language. When asked about their colour choices, designers shrug. They say they choose what’s in fashion or what sells. However, this does not exhaust the topic. (...) How we see colours and how we use them consists of many factors. Lighting and our surroundings. The earth and the sky, cities and nature. Traditionally used materials and combinations that we were used to. The context is also extremely important in this region, marked by the gray of communist aesthetics. However, designers do not draw on tradition or nature. They reach for available materials and choose fashionable colours.
Designers taking part in the exhibition include Dechem Studio, Klara Sumova, Milan Pekar, Roman Sedina and Geometr from the Czech Republic, Maria Jeglińska and Monika Patuszyńska from Poland, Linda Vikova, Simona Janisova and Michaela Bednarova from Slovakia, and Eszter Soptei, Edina Andrasi, Judit Lantos and Sara Kele from Hungary.
The Is Coral a Colour? exhibition will be on display from 25th to 29th October at the Superstudio in Prague (Průmyslový palác, Výstaviště 67). It has previously been shown at the Fise Gallery during the Budapest Design Week 2018.
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A piece presented at the Is Coral a Colour exhibition presented at Designblok, designed by Monika Patuszyńska, photo: Budapest Design Week
Best Before Tr_end
The second exhibition to be presented as part of the Designblok is entitled Best Before Tr_end and takes on the expiration dates of products. It is an exploration of the direction in which design could go if it were decided by ethics, not by the market. The exhibition is based on Max Scheler's concept of value. The showcased projects are divided into five kinds of values: utility, pleasure, life and, the spirit and the holy.
fformie is a Polish design group founded by Szymon Zakrzewski, Łukasz Leśniak and Dominika Hapka. All of the members graduated from the Design Faculty at the Pedagogical University of Kraków. Their projects are a response to current sociocultural realities. They are focussed on the relationship between object and subject in the context of existing values, beliefs, norms and behaviours.
The exhibition will be presented at the Openstudio (Průmyslový palác, Výstaviště 67, Prague) between 25th – 29th October 2018.
Finally, a presentation of the Mamsam brand will take place in the splendid interiors of the Obecní dvůr in the heart of Prague. As part of the concept Canape: The Apartment by Soffa, the audience will be introduced to a broad spectrum of artists collaborating with Mamsam, the multi-dimensionality and wide array of design themes developed for the brand, as well as the popular dimension of the collectible mugs.
The mug display will be accompanied by large-format posters featuring the many designs created over the years of Mamsam’s existence and highlighting the creativity of Polish designers. Moreover, during the festival one of the artists collaborating with Mamsam will work on a mural developed especially for this event.
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Průmyslový palác, Prague
contemporary polish design
polish design around the world
These projects are organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute operating under the Culture.pl brand as part of POLSKA 100, the international cultural programme accompanying the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017-2022.
Source: press materials, compiled by MW, Oct 2018