Modernism, colloquially referred to as ‘moderna’ in the title of the exhibition, is a way of thinking. The balance between form and function, the sincerity of the material, combination of repeating industrial production with handicraft complex details. This collaboration between the designer and the craftsperson and the industry seemed to curators of the exhibition as the most important characteristic of ‘modernist’ thinking that can be observes in today’s design.

The exhibition will present implemented Polish projects and concepts realized in short series which although they have the same design specification, they differ among each other because such is the characteristic of the material or method of production chosen by the designer. The work prepared specially for the exhibition by a young designer Alicja Patanowska in cooperation with ‘KROSNO’ Glassworks in Krosno and ‘Manufaktura’ Stoneware Factory in Bolesławiec is an important part of the project. The objects created specially for the exhibition realise the theme of the ‘industry + handicraft’ exhibition in a particular way. The created prototypes presented on the exhibition have a potential to be implemented and at the same time they are characterized by attention to details created on the basis of the best models of cooperation with craftspeople.

The curators of the exhibition also intend to revive the interwar period tradition of cooperation between designers, craftspeople and the industry which is characteristic for Polish modernism, especially for Stalowa Wola – a modernist town established in 1930s according to the specifications we selected for the exhibition: balance of form and function, sincerity of material, combination of repeating industrial production with handicraft complex details.

Designers/manufacturers: Nikodem Szpunar/Paged Meble, Bartosz Mucha, Maria Jeglińska/Porcelana Kristoff, Beza Project, Aleksandra Satława, Agnieszka Bar/Manufactured Culture, Iza Sroka/Falbanka, Marek Cecuła/Ćmielów Design Studio, Paulina Matusiak, Malafor, Karina Marusińska, Tomasz Augustyniak/Marbet Style, Marcin Młoczkowski/VOLA, Alicja Patanowska.

Curators: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, , independent curator of the exhibitions, critic of design, journalist. The Head of the Programme Council of the School of Form in Poznań,
Paweł Grobelny, designer and independent curator of the exhibitions. Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and the School of Form in Poznań,

Organizers: Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

For more information contact: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka;
Anna Szlązak