The ABCs of Polish Design
Jan 17
Feb 15 2020
exhibition

‘The ABCs of Polish Design’ exhibition presents the best of Polish product design – from furniture, glass or porcelain, universally associated with design, to less obvious items such as fonts, logos, kids’ toys, sports equipment and even sweets!  On show are both contemporary and classic designs: unique objects, original works of art and prototypes that never made it to mass production, but also popular items Poles have used on a daily basis over the last 100 years.

The exhibition is complemented by visual interpretations of the pieces on display prepared by 25 Polish illustrators – artists from diverse backgrounds: renowned masters of the Polish school of illustration, international prize-winning illustrators from the young and middle generation, and up-and-coming illustrators who have just completed their studies.

‘The ABCs of Polish Design’ comprises not only 100 iconic objects and their visual interpretations, but also 100 stories: about designers, their needs, their dreams, their capabilities and their limits.

The exhibition is addressed to the general public, including children, and is accompanied by a publication.

Organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in partnership with the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, as part of POLSKA 100 — an international cultural programme commemorating the centenary of Poland regaining independence. Financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland as part of the multi-annual programme NIEPODLEGŁA 2017–2022. Venue generously provided by York Heritage Properties.

The goal of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, a state-funded cultural institution. is to promote Poland and Polish culture abroad. Through the presentation of high-quality initiatives and events in the fields of art, music, and design, the Institute aspires to introduce an international audience to contemporary Polish culture.

More information about Polish culture worldwide at www.culture.pl

Explore the history of Polish design through our multimedia guide available at designguide.pl

Acknowledgements
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Bambino Gramophone, 1963. Designed by: Bogdan Ciesielski, Bernard Kowalski, Jerzy Radwański. Produced by: Fonica RadioFactory in Łódź
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Lamp, 1962. Designed by: Apolinary Gałecki. Produced by: Municipal Metal Factory no. 2 for Local Industry in Warsaw
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Object: RM58 Armchair, 1958. Designed by: Roman Modzelewski. Produced by: Vzor (re-edition); Photo: SFW-1 Sanok Bus, 1958. Designed by: Zdzisław Beksiński. Produced by: Sanowag Sanok Wagon Factory (Autosan since 1958)
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Illustration by Emilia Dziubak. RM58 Armchair,1958. Designed by: Roman Modzelewski. Produced by: Vzor (re-edition)
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Relaks Boots, 1972. Designer unknown. Produced by: Podhale Innovative Leather Industry Factory