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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Lodz Design Festival 2014 is coming!



Lodz Design Festival is the most important designer event in Poland and I am definitely going there this year! It is going to take place between 9 and 19 of October in Łódź (Lodz). To raise your appetites here is some of what we're going to see there!

// part of the descriptions come from lodzdesign.com, pictures from the official designers' websites//



MUST HAVE! 2014





must have is a poll, where we have showcased the most interesting products by Polish designers and manufacturers over the last four years.  The nominated products have to satisfy two basic conditions: they have to come from Poland and be available to buy.
This year the Board of Experts admired and singled out not just traditional – physical – objects, but also well designed new technologies: services, games and apps.
The Jury singled out and awarded the must have mark to the 60 most interesting designs.



Here is what I liked most in must have 2014!


1. Betonówa lamp / design: Anna Szuflicka / manufacturer: Natural Born Design / www.naturalborndesign.pl

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz


 2. Lampa Mesa / projekt: Jan Buczek / producent: Noodi Design / www.noodi.pl

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz



3. Mix&Match Cosmopolitan Line porcelain / design: Marek Cecuła / manufacturer: Ćmielów and Chodzież S.A. Polish porcelain factories / www.porcelana.com.pl

we can see the pattern of cement tiles coming from the thirties

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

4. Osada Carpet / design: Dorota Banaszek / manufacturer: Fabryka Dywanów AGNELLA S.A. / www.agnella.pl

I love love love it!

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

5.  Nu table / design: Bartek Jędrzejewski / manufacturer: Dller / www.dller.pl

inspired by design of the fifties

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz



6. BOOMINI WOOD dolls’ house / design: Adam Kozik, Ola Wołczyk / manufacturer: BOOMINI Joanna Kruszec / www.boomini.com

charming!

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz



7. Eastern Bloc cut-out collection / design: David Navarro, Martyna Sobecka / manufacturer: Zupagrafika / www.zupagrafika.com


lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz



8. Mannequin chair / design: Gernot Oberfell i Jan Wertel / manufacturer: Iker / www.iker.com.pl

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz

lodz design festival 2014, must have 2014, make me 2014, lodz



9. FIN sofas and armchairs / design: Tomek Augustyniak / manufacturer: Marbet / www.marbetstyle.eu





10. Lang Gofee kitchen furniture system / manufacturer: Pan Popi / www.panpopi.pl


stunning, right? like diamonds.

pan poppi, kuchnia lan gofee, must have 2014,

pan poppi, kuchnia lan gofee, must have 2014,

pan poppi, kuchnia lan gofee, must have 2014,


11. Fresh soup packaging / design: Touch Ideas: Maja Ganszyniec, Aga Mazur, Marcin Krygier,Bartłomiej Serafiński / manufacturer: Bracia Urbanek / www.panpomidor.co





12. Alternative Persian Carpet / design and manufacture: Joanna Rusin / www.joannarusin.com





other carpets of this designer are also amazing..




13.  KOLO lamp / design: Magda Jurek i Piotr Musiałowski / manufacturer: Pani Jurek / www.panijurek.pl


jak piszą projektanci: KOLO - cylindryczne obiekty świetlne zmieniające natężenie światła pod wpływem dotyku. Powstały we współpracy z architektem Piotrem Musiałowskim. KOLO Sand i KOLO Magnet poprzez sensoryczną zabawę z obiektem umożliwiają dostosowanie intensywności światła do potrzeb i nastroju użytkownika.













MAKE ME! 2014

The make me! contest and exhibition are one of the landmarks of the Łódź Design Festival, and one of the most important international contests aimed at young designers. The ultimate goal of make me! is to promote the young generation of designers during each consecutive edition of the festival.
This year 21 projects have been selected out of 247 applications; the selected projects will be presented at the exhibition. 
This year edition is perhaps most international of all; the festival will host guests from Germany, Slovakia, the Netherlands and Lithuania, but also from Australia, Japan and Taiwan. make me! thus became not only the most important design contest for young designers in Poland, but also one of the most important contests of this type in the world.



...and the projects I loved:


 
1. Silvia Lovasova, 1:1

“1:1” is an experimental collection of straightforward blown-ups of grotesque miniatures. It deliberately manipulates the provocative kitsch and suggests contemporary possibilities of digital technologies in design.
The miniatures found in various dolls’ houses are influenced by the real items of the grown ups’ world. However, they are sadly misshapen and disproportional. After scanning the pieces designer decided to completely avoid altering, improving and prettifying. She simply enlarged them to functional size, in which the whimsicality of mini-world is fully expressed.



2. Tsuyoshi Hayashi, Kawara chair  

Designed “Kawara Chair” as his graduation project in 2012. The inspiration for the project was traditional Japanese architecture and wood joinery.
“Kawara Chair” is designed to salvage industrially rejected Japanese roof top tiles that would otherwise be discarded. Because of ceramic property, it is difficult to avoid generating defectives and hard to recycle them once fired.  Even though it has still unique value such as color and shape, more than 65,000 pieces of roof tiles are yearly discarded just because of tiny defectives. In the end, roof tile factories produce valuable waste and pay a lot for disposal. Tsuyoshi believed “useless wastes” can be rendered to “useful matter” once again by just cutting off only the damaged part and mounting them into a wooden structure. This is why and how, he designed “Kawara Chair”.





3. Agnieszka Pikus, Evo

EVO is a furniture brand which belongs to the Paged Collection. The project was introduced to production at the beginning of this year, and he was first presented at the Salone del Mobile in Milan in 2014.
EVO is a project inspired by tradition. The starting point was the Thonet chair model from the end of the 19th century. The bent backrest and unusual placement of legs became an inspiration for the current project. The number of legs was reduced during the design process, which resulted in a fresh form. The furniture’s distinguishing features are lightness and minimalism.




 4. Jan Godlewski, Patyczaki

“Patyczaki” are sets of elements that can be used for construction of furniture, appliances, installations. They offer the possibility to create an infinite number of structures thanks to their simple and universal design. Three pieces of furniture – table, bookshelf, lamp – are an example of the potential of the project.
The project has been inspired by personal experience of the designer. It is a search for the most universal module that can be useful in as many situations as possible.




5. Bracia Ebert, Lampostolik (Tablelamp)

“Lampostolik” was created out of an actual need. One of the brothers planned to organise his birthday party in a park after dark. The thought popped into his mind that there is no sign visible from far away that will help his friends reach the destination. It was also indispensable to create an atmosphere that integrates people and wireless lighting that would light the area and brought snacks.  And the result was “Lampostolik” – lightweight, but sturdy, a convertible outdoor piece of furniture that combines the functions of a table and lamp. It friendly illuminates the surrounding area so that guests gather around it just like around a bonfire.







Saturday, September 13, 2014

European Solidarity Center opening in Gdańsk | IN MY LENS


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
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Last Saturday the big opening of European Solidarity Center took place in Gdańsk, the city where I live.

"Solidarity", a movement that appeared in Gdańsk in 1980, was the first independent labour union in a country belonging to the Soviet bloc. Its leader was Lech Wałęsa received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983. The "Solidarity" movement lead the Soviet bloc to collapse in 1989. I am so proud it all happened in my city.

On the grounds of Gdańsk Shipyards (in 1980s "Lenins Shipyard"), where "Solidarity" arose European Solidarity Center was built. Inside, apart from conference rooms, libriaries and R&D offices there is an impressive exposition devoted to the history of "Solidarity" and the history of communism in Poland.

The building's architecture is impressive as well, I love the way it looks in the landscape of Gdańsk Shipyards. The shape is inspired by the shape of ship. The facade is made of corten, weathering steel of a stable rust-like appearance.


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
Gdańsk Shipyards next to ECS building


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970. In 1970 at least 42 people were killed during protests against the communist authorities.


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
The inner patio of the building.


European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
I like Polish flag colors as an accent on the wall

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
This is what the steel of the building looks like at close range

The exposition...
European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
Soviet bloc 1945-1989

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
Symbolic Round Table - the table where in 1989 the agreement between the "Solidarity" activists and communist authorities was set

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
This is how dellies looked like during communist-era in Poland. Yes, they tended to be empty.


Typical Polish apartment between 1945-1989. Every apartment looked almost the same as the choice in shops was extremely limited (one kind of sofa, one kind of armchair etc.). If you were lucky enough to buy any furniture at all.

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
I like the tv set's design

European Solidarity Center, Gdańsk, architecture and interiors
...and the clock's design too :-)


source: Britannica.com