Polish design round-up 18.12.08

Pawel Grobelny’s chip board desk

words Anna Bates

Following our insight on the state of design in Poland in the January issue, we thought we should probably show you some of the work we saw while we were out there.

At Lodz Design 2008, the city's second international design fair, the atmosphere was more Milan SaloneSatellite than trade fair - but in a good way. The curator, a former editor of Poland's Elle Deco, packed out a warehouse with young design talent, two thirds of which were Polish.

Our favourite piece was Pawel Grobelny's chipboard desk. Resembling a piece from a puzzle, magazines, papers, books and CDs fit neatly into the desk's crevices.

Moho Design, a duo that set up its own manufacturing base to produce its work (now collaborating with Italian furniture super brand Moroso) presented its Rock Collection - a series of rugs with patterns based on rock formations. Moomoo Architects showed concrete that miraculously reveals patterns when wet, and Oskar Zieta showed off his Plopp stool - already in production, but for Danish manufacturer Hay.

Design duo Aze Design has done the opposite to most of the country's young designers by moving away from the city into rural Poland to produce and design products. Working with local crafts people, Aze has developed a charming collection of products, our favourite of which was this crochet carpet made by BERDO Women's group.

Formakcja's Break Up mug, which has a little slit to keep herbal teas in place, was quite sweet (a student project, it is already selling well in the city's only design concept store, Magazyn Praga).

Oskar Zieta’s Plopp stool for Danish manufacturer Hay

Oskar Zieta’s Plopp stool for Danish manufacturer Hay

Aze Design’s Nodus rug, crocheted by a women’s craft group

Aze Design’s Nodus rug, crocheted by a women’s craft group

Gogo Design let consumers saw off their clock

Gogo Design let consumers saw off their clock

Moho’s Rock Collection

Moho’s Rock Collection

Moomoo Architects showed concrete that miraculously reveals patterns when wet

Moomoo Architects showed concrete that miraculously reveals patterns when wet

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