This year’s London Design Fair took place at the Old Truman Brewery on 21 – 24September 2017. Located in Shoreditch, the creative heart of London, this four-day event brought together over 500 exhibitors from 28 countries, including independent designers, established brands, international country pavilions, features and exhibitions. As usually, Contemporary Lynx was on a hunt for the contemporary Polish design popping up all around the fair.
See our photo story with a focus on the most thrilling, inspiring and engaging designs created by some of the hottest Polish designers.
We fell in love with contemporary kilims, rugs and wall hangings by Tartaruga – a weaving studio established by two friends – Wiktoria Nowak and Jadzia Lenart. Every piece is handmade with traditional tools and techniques, made of sustainable materials and non-toxic dyes. Tartaruga means “a turtle”. The turtle is slow but long-lived and unique. Exactly like our fabrics – say the designers. It is based in Łódź and that’s not a coincidence. The city is famous for its textile heritage. If you love crafts and beautiful design, this is a must-have for your home.
Crea-re (a contraction of the words ‘creative’ and ‘recycling’) is Barcelona-based studio run by Polish and Italian designers Maria Fiter and Marco Migliorisi. This year, crea-re returned to the fair for the second time with a new collection of paper-mâché lamps entitled Morphe. Their eye-catching stand was painted in teal colour which created a stunning background for the lamps in the shapes of eggs, mushrooms and stones in earthy reds, ochres and greens. The final result had the feel of Frida Kahlo’s Mexican house.
Aine aka ‘aesthetics is not enough’ means that these limited-edition furniture are truly functional and easy to adjust and move. Intended mainly for small apartments, Aine’s designs serve at least two utility purposes in order to maximise the potential of the functionality of every object. The brand Aine created by Blazej Podkówka successfully debuted at London Design Fair and were exhibited at both events: Tent London & Super Brands London.
They promote Polish design abroad with the mission to bring it into people’s homes all over the globe. For Tent, they prepared a collective stand entitled ĄĘ! Pop – Up featuring furniture, glassware and porcelain, décor, lamps, fabrics, posters by awarded contemporary Polish designers.
Participating designers: Alicja Patanowska, Agnieszka Bar, Aoomi Studio, Autor Rooms,Aleksandra Kujawska, Beza Projekt, Falbanki, Grynasz Studio, Hop Design, Kafti, Kosmos Project, Joanna Rusin, Longstory, Malwina Konopacka, Maria Jeglińska, Marian Misiak, Made of Cloth, Meesh, Pani Jurek, Wiktoria Szawiel, Witamina D, Tartaruga, Zaczyn, Zieta Prozessdesign; as well as graphic designers: Edgar Bąk, Kasia Bogucka, Łukasz Zbieranowski/Fajne Chłopaki, Małgorzata Gurowska, Marcelina Jarnuszkiewicz, Nieladaco, Olka Osadzińska, Ola Niepsuj, Zupagrafika.
The role of Adam Mickiewicz Institute as one of the greatest promotors of Polish design abroad is indisputable. This year, they returned with a strong representation of Polish design entitled TEXTURA: A Polish Touch, curated by Paulina Matusiak. We could see the broad overview of design with a tactile quality. The curated presentation explored different materials, textures, weaving techniques and patterns.
Bujnie designs beautiful and functional plant stands, which could turn every home into a green jungle. Mirror HALO was their brand new product which had its premiere in London.