Organizator: 366 Concept
Curator: Klara Czerniewska
Opening: 8.10 – 16:30
10 – 11.10 – 10:00- 14:00
12.10 – 10:00 – 14:00
13.10 – 10:00 – 16:00
14.10 – 14:00 – 18:00
15.10 – 10:00 – 16:00
17-18.10 – 11:00 – 18:00
For years, Poland has been one of the leading furniture producers and exporters in the world. A considerable volume of production, however, has been sold under foreign brands, created by anonymous designers. Thanks to the growing awareness and strengthening of local brands, as well as their increasing willingness to collaborate with renowned designers, the image of Poland as a cheap production facility for global firms is slowly changing. This tendency is strengthened by new generations of Polish designers who, since the beginning of the 21st Century, have been gaining international experience studying and working abroad.
With our natural resources and strong craftsmanship traditions, it is no wonder that a vast part of Polish design history focuses on furniture. The aim of Polish Design Stories is to describe and analyze the contemporary canon of Polish furniture design –
a canon encompassing both historic artifacts reintroduced to the market today, as well as objects created in the past decade, which have already gained or deserve a special status.
Having realized that a design icon is an object that functions either as an image (a model, prototype), multiplied in publications and exhibitions, or as an existing product available on the market and used in various contexts and milieus, we have decided to arrange the exhibition on two axes, so that it can be read in two directions.
First, we propose a chronological order, focusing on items that are already recognized and acknowledged as icons, as well as those, whose iconic status is yet to be determined. Second, we follow the criterium of availability – from the most ubiquitous and ‘democratic’ pieces produced by bentwood factories in Poland (one of the oldest in the world, implying a common root with other Central European countries, especially Austria), to contemporary pieces produced and distributed by the designers themselves, and to visionary objects and installations, which, pointing to valid issues such as sustainability, increasing mobility, new working conditions and the idea of involving the end user in the process of designing and manufacturing, help us define the challenges that face contemporary societies.
The exhibition is far too compact to convey an objective image of contemporary Polish furniture. However, by focusing on individual stories of each item, we believe to have captured the most important ideas and tendencies defining not only the present, but also the future of the discipline.