It's not easy to show one hundred years of Polish design in just one hundred objects. Which ones were really the most important? The most intriguing? The Adam Mickiewicz Institute’s newest publication The ABCs of Polish Design features one hundred amazing Polish designs. The book will be featured during an exhibition in Berlin.
The book and the exhibition will present the best of Polish product design – furniture, ceramics and glassware – and more: typography, toys, sporting equipment and even sweets! Contemporary design will be presented alongside classic designs and everyday favourites. The exhibition is a journey through the history of Polish design: the pieces are presented in chronological order.
The exhibition will also present interpretations of these design icons – twenty-five contemporary Polish illustrators and graphic designers were asked to share their visual interpretations of the pieces on display. Moreover, the exhibition will also share the stories behind each of the designs: find out about the designers, their inspirations and their creative processes. The exhibition is curated by Polish design expert Ewa Solarz.
The design historian Agata Szydłowska and journalist Agnieszka Kowalska worked on The ABCs of Polish Design: 25 Illustrators Revisit 100 Iconic Designs alongside Solarz.
The exhibition at the Polish Institute in Berlin will open on 19th October 2017 and will be on until 12th November 2017. The exhibition will be accompanied by meetings with the book’s Chief editor Magdalena Kłos-Podsiadło, curator Ewa Solarz and illustrator Dawid Ryski, as well as a lecture about the history of Polish graphic design on 9th November 2017 by Agata Szydłowska, among others.
Illustrators & graphic designers who contributed to the book & exhibition: Jacek Ambrożewski, Edgar Bąk, Maciek Blaźniak, Katarzyna Bogucka, Ada Buchholc, Iwona Chmielewska, Robert Czajka, Agata Dudek, Emilia Dziubak, Małgorzata Gurowska, Monika Hanulak, Marta Ignerska, Tymek Jezierski, Paweł Jońca, Agata Królak, Grażka Lange, Patryk Mogilnicki, Piotr Młodożeniec, Ania Niemierko, Ola Niepsuj, Marianna Oklejak, Paweł Pawlak, Dawid Ryski, Marianna Sztyma
Curated by: Ewa Solarz
The exhibition is organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, as part of its programme promoting Polish design around the globe. The project is being implemented within the framework of the Multiannual POLAND 100 Programme for the years 2017-2021.
Source: promotional materials, compiled by MK, translated by NR, Oct 2017