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“Polished Up. Design from Poland” in PureOne at imm cologne 2014

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The Exhibition ‘Polished Up. Design from Poland’ is a continuation of the ‘Unpolished’ project, presented successfully in the years 2009-2013 in 20 venues in Europe and Asia, e.g. in the Design Museums in Cologne and Helsinki, the Museum of Modern Art in Bucharest or the Museum of Decorative Arts in Budapest and in numerous design festivals. The Unpolished exhibition focused on design fundamentals of a generation raised in the times of political and economical transformation. During the imm cologne you can visit the new exhibition in hall 1.

Young designers decided to design, produce and promote their products on their own, independently. Most often it were short series of products manufactured single-handedly or in collaboration with craftsmen and small factories.

Five years later, these designers and their younger colleagues have managed to successfully cooperate with the industry. This cooperation, the conscious decision to take the risk of launching a product addressed to a specific group of consumers, was exactly the criterion the curators applied in their selection of exhibits. Although the target group is often an elite, and although the chosen products are far from being mass-produced, these objects prove that Polish market is changing and ripening.

The exhibition is also proof that there are numerous fascinating implementations, which are the fruit of collaboration between Polish designers and Polish production companies. Not all objects were produced in big factories, some of them are still produced in limited series by the authors. However, the designers who decided to manage the production process know how to approach it and have sufficient knowledge to distribute them.

During five years, one thing has not changed: Polish designers still keep it simple. They have a sense of humour. They still appreciate natural materials, and flirt with craftsmanship and tradition.

Organizer: Polish Institute Düsseldorf, consulate general of the Polish republic in Cologne department of trade and investment, regional museum Stalowa Wola

Curators: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka and Paweł Grobelny

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