POLAND /
LIVING FORMS

CURATED BY AGNIESZKA JACOBSON-CIELECKA

The changes around are faster than we are. We love intelligent technologies that relieve us of many responsibilities. We like modernity, but we also start to fear it. We look back more and more often. It is the past that brings us hope for the future. Nature revives, and items made by historical craftsmen and artists (who was then talking about designers?) can last almost forever, and when they get damaged, they disappear. Today, the work of the hands gives reflection and peace. Old artisans have knowledge that we won’t get in school. It is clear that in the new reality, we will not act like them, but we can benefit from their wisdom and experience. We will not move forward without understanding the material, tools and secrets of the process.

Some will translate this knowledge into machines, robots, and serial production. Others, like the designers I present at the exhibition, will remain halfway between art, craftsmanship, and technology. For them, the process, material, and uniqueness in repeatability are more important than production. In some ways, the road is more important than the goal. The presented forms are not necessarily compatible with the selected material or method of production. They could be done easier, faster, cheaper with more confidence that it would be successful. But then they would not have the author’s emotions, no trace of struggle with matter, no explorers’ passion. Is this not what we desire? Life inscribed in objects.

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UAUPROJECT /
VASE WITH FACE

VASE with Face was inspired by our daughter’s drawings, we found them hilarious and tried to truly depict them on the vases. We combined this naive yet very cheerful drawing with texture and color and the combo looks great. Manufactured in our studio in Warsaw with the best grade PLA (thermoplastic derived from renewable resources, compostable in industrial facilities).

€ 400 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 30

Full dimensions (cm)20x20x38
Weight (kg)1.5
MaterialBio plastic

ANNA BERA /
“SHAPE N.1” ROOM SCREEN

The collection “Shape” was created at a time when the designer was going through a creative crisis. She was trying to design abstract, geometrical forms that she had in her mind for a very long time, but to no avail. This several months of struggle to capture the elusive brought only frustration and disappointment. Eventually, she realised that it was just impossible to translate these ideas into objects. At that very moment, she had a breakthrough.

The design of the room screen “Shape N.1” is based on a plasticine model that Anna’s niece created when she was playing along while the designer was making her models. Anna was intrigued by the way her niece made the object. It was pure expression, with no hesitation… no intention…. without reasoning or explanation. To maintain this free form approach, the designer decided that she would work on this piece without any project. She made all design decisions along the way while carving this piece from alder wood. It was a freeing though not easy process, much different from her usual way of working.

€ 5950 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)170x20x162
Weight (kg)18
MaterialAlder wood

Coming soon in 3D

ANNA BERA /
“SHAPE N.2” CHAIR

The collection ”Shape” was created at a time when the designer was going through a creative crisis. She was trying to design abstract geometrical forms that she had in her mind for a very long time, but to no avail. This several months of struggle to capture the elusive brought only frustration and disappointment. Eventually, she realised that it was just impossible to translate these ideas into objects. At that very moment, she had a breakthrough.

She began to play freely with a simple form in 3D software and she designed the chair in just a few hours. Of course, after that moment of enlightenment, a lot of technical problems needed to be solved and the original design was remodeled. But this piece is the result of both the frustration of a constrained mind and the sheer joy of becoming free from that limitation.

The chair “Shape N.2” is made of glued solid alder wood. The shape is then carved by hand.

€ 4600 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 8

Full dimensions (cm)51x58x72
Weight (kg)22
MaterialAlder wood

ARKADIUSZ SZWED /
BUMPS 2.0 CARAFE

BUMPS 2.0 is a glazed porcelain carafe. It’s created with plastic balls being freely moved around the surface of the base model. This allows me to transform the object in a similar way that a 3D program would, but it is 100% analog.

Technique: Slipcasting porcelain

500 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)16x16x1
Weight (kg)1
MaterialPorcelain

Read the exclusive interview in Adorno Editorial

“The ‘New Reality’ for design means a juxtaposition of craft and technology, serial and individual, customised and mass-produced – all of those you can see in the selected items.”

– Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, curator of “LIVING OBJECTS”

MALWINA KONOPACKA /
OKO VASE / FORMS / GRADIENT ROCKET

The OKO family is a collection of pieces made of ceramic with unmistakable artistic panache. Each of the collections to date has made full use of the richness of illustration and its fine lines, the broad strokes of a paintbrush, and the depths of multicolored ceramic glazes. OKO Vase came first and lent the name to the whole collection. It was first presented in 2014 as part of Tokyo Designers Week and has since had numerous re-editions and collection launches, all decorated and hand-painted by the artist. Its organic spindle-shaped form and trademark spherical depressions together with graphic patterns and colors pay tribute to history and craftsmanship while maintaining a distinct contemporary character.

FORMS is Malwina Konopacka’s latest project (2020). Stylistically it sets itself apart from the graphic decorations and painting-like expression of the previous collections. The walls of the vessels are covered entirely in saturated colors and their gradients in order to, as the name suggests, bring the form into focus.

Underglaze painting / transparent glaze

€ 620 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 20

Full dimensions (cm)40x40x42
Weight (kg)3
MaterialCeramicsglazed ceramic

MARIA JUCHNOWSKA /
ROYAL GREEN & WHITE ON BLUE
/ EGG VESSELS COLLECTION

The idea of the “Egg Vessels Collection” was to create a conversation piece with an interactive aspect. These porcelain vessels are designed with simplicity in mind and inspired by the timeless “egg-like” shape. The “Egg Vessels” are made in four different sizes and consist of ten various collections. Each collection has a story and is hand-painted in gold.

“Royal Green” is inspired by the interiors of European and Asian royal palaces and porcelain painting. The use of reverse decoration plays with the concept of traditional decoration on porcelain and its heritage. It uses expressive brushstrokes that can be found, for example, in Cy-Twombly paintings. White strokes on the green surface are complemented by the traditional yet contemporary gold finish.

€ 1350 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION
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Full dimensions (cm)12x12x18
Weight (kg)0.5
MaterialGoldPorcelain

PANI JUREK /
TRN LAMP COLLECTION

The lighting fixture F2 comes from the TRN collection. Three-dimensional objects inspired by Tarasin paintings which have a simple calligraphic form so they can play and talk together as if they were letters from a non-existent alphabet. The handcrafted process of glazing ceramics gives the collection a truly unique character. It is finished with brass elements.

Height to the ceiling on request: The given size is the ceramic parts only.
Please write the length of your need, while placing the order.
Bulbs are not included. Bulbs type: e27/e26.

€ 792 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)55x83x5
Weight (kg)3
MaterialBrassCeramicsglazed ceramic

MONIKA PATUSZYNSKA /
TRANSFORMS PLUS

“TransForms Plus” are made of borrowed details and processed traditional designs. These are hybrids, cross-breeds of unwanted or outdated styles and forms, kinds of mongrel produced from fragments of found plaster molds that have been modified and joined to form completely new species.

€ 960 ex. VAT
OPEN EDITION

Full dimensions (cm)28x26x48
Weight (kg)6.5
MaterialPorcelain

TARTARUGA /
“SPOT” SET OF KILIMS

The textile industry generates an enormous amount of contamination and waste, which are getting more visible and problematic in the modern world. That issue was an inspiration for Tartaruga Studio to work on a WASTEWORLD project. It’s a collection of hand woven kilims made in over 90% of woolen yarns recycled from mass carpet production. These yarns come in the full spectre of colors, but can’t be reused in the industry anymore, due to the low beam mass. Nevertheless, they are still an excellent material with the ultimate properties to use in weaving craft.

Kilim itself is a kind of textile which is fully usable, reversable, very dense, and it improves the acoustics of any interior. It can be used as a wall decoration, but also as a space divider or a floor rug. Kilims are always hand made because there’s no technology yet to replace a human’s hands work in the kilim technique.

Due to the limited availability of yarns, every product from the WASTEWORLD collection is unique and made only in one copy. All the kilims are signed; bear a serial number and names of designer and maker. 2% of income is intended to charity.

This set of kilims was designed as a composition, which could work as three different carpets, but if you put all of them together they look like one large kilim.

1856 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECE

Full dimensions (cm)220x250x1
Weight (kg)8
MaterialCottonrecycled woolWool

Organised in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a state-funded cultural institution promoting Polish culture abroad.

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