Lecturer: Tomek Rygalik
All the 13 models selected by Agata Meble and Paged tell of the importance of the chair in the history of industrial design. Constructing a successful design of this apparently uncomplicated and common piece of furniture represents a great challenge. For centuries most acclaimed designers have struggled with it, believing that among all furniture types, it’s the chair that constitutes the Zeitgeist manifesto and becomes a symbol of any given epoch and a timeless icon. During the meeting, Tomek Rygalik is going elaborate on his creative experience and everyday challenges met during the process of creating a successful chair.
Tomek Rygalik is a designer, university lecturer and curator. He was born in Lodz, Poland in 1976. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz for two years and then graduated from Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York (1999 BA/Hons). Following his graduation, he worked with several design companies in New York City region – consulting for clients such as Kodak, Polarioid, MTV, Perkinelmer, Dentsply, Unilever, Dupont, etc. In 2003 he was enrolled in the Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies (2005 MA RCA). After graduation, he joined the RCA staff as a research associate and established his own design practice in both London and his native Lodz. From 2008 he teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts (PG13 platform) and from 2009 is based in Warsaw. He collaborates with various brands, such as Moroso, Siemens, Comforty, IKEA. He holds the position of Creative Director at Paged – a leading Polish furniture company.