Twenty four talents
Twenty four talented product designers occupied the F hall. Their seemingly inconspicuous stands amounted to an exhibit brimming with creativity that surprised the visitors with its diverse approach to design. Among the talents showcasing their skills was Jan Garncarek. In his Berlin studio he makes lamps, tables and decorative objects in pre-war style basing his work on texture and other properties of brass, marble, glass, and steel. At the IDEAS exhibit his “Metropolis” Argand lamps and hand painted “Parawan” (Polish for “folding screen”) met with general acclaim and admiration among the visitors.
Ceramics, beloved by many, was also exceptionally well represented at the exhibition. Visitors had a chance to find out how diverse and prolific this field actually is, through appreciating minimalist projects by Kasia Zaręba based in the Netherlands, functional flowerpots by the Kabo & Pydo duo or glassware created by Bartek Mejor who uses digital tools as well as the traditional ones.
Yet another surprise came from a pop-art vase collection made for the “Bolesławiec” pottery workshops by Natalia Suwalski. Many praised the stands of Monika Patuszyńska – her defiant porcelain forms stunned customers across the globe.
The notion of searching was a recurring motive at the IDEAS exhibition, not only in the creative context but also in relation to the concern for sustainability. Growing awareness of the dangers facing our planet necessitates pursuing new sources of quality materials. This causes more and more designers to ask themselves the question of not only how to design responsibly but also how to produce in such fashion.
One of the more surprising outcomes resulting from the quest for sustainable materials is a substance used by the Londoner Atticus Durnell in his intriguing projects. Bearing the peculiar name „That’s Caffeine” it is developed in the process of mixing natural ingredients, spices and used coffee. Durnell presented lamps, tiles, and tabletops made from coffee
Similar resources are used by the Italian High Society Studio. At the IDEAS exhibit one could admire the extraordinary “Senilia” lamp collection, made from byproducts generated during beer and coffee production. Long tube-like lamps form irregular lighting components, which are recyclable and completely biodegradable.