Organiser of exhibition: Culture.pl
Curators: Gosia Rygalik, Tomek Rygalik/Studio Rygalik
Many objects of daily use remain unappreciated as they are modest, common, and omnipresent. Indeed, their beauty lies in their coherence, authenticity and simplicity and their main goal is to stand the test of time. To create such objects is the greatest challenge for a designer. This collection is the result of searching for items that fulfil the needs, without being excessive or bizarre. It features new versions of successful products alongside fresh pieces potential of which has not yet been discovered.
NASZ collection is an outcome of a research and development project that has worked as a catalyst of the creativity based on the resourcefulness in design. Characteristic for the times of austerity, the resourcefulness, when confronted with the possibilities of contemporary design and advanced and innovative industry, becomes an exceptional design strategy of an invaluable capacity.
NASZ is an exclusive collection of contemporary design that consists of items designed and manufactured in Poland. It is coherent, yet multithreaded and acts on different levels. It has been co-created by acclaimed product designers, graphic designers, illustrators, typographers and multimedia artists as well as design students, manufacturers and craftsmen.
NASZ is an umbrella for creative activities. All presented designs are unique and dedicated to the collection. Some of them are modifications of already existing successful products; meantime others were commissioned especially for this occasion.
Graphic design works that have been conceived for the NASZ collection contain vivid references to the best Polish visual traditions. The way they are presented seamlessly blends the borders between graphics and products.
We like when the daily objects play the role of discreet, supporting characters, therefore the use of natural materials and finishes and balanced, neutral colours. The collection is visually and ideologically coherent – NASZ design is genuine, resourceful and timeless.
Gosia Rygalik and Tomek Rygalik / Studio Rygalik
Designers off NASZ: Wojciech Bajor, Antoni Bielawski, Stefan Bieńkowski, Marek Cecuła, Fontarte, Agata Hoffa, Paweł Jasiewicz, Jakub Jezierski, Piotr Kuchciński, Agata Nowicka, Małgorzata Pepłowska, Gosia Rygalik, Tomek Rygalik, Jakub Sobiepanek, Wojtek Tomaszewski, Julia Wilman.
Producers: Bajo, Balma, Ćmielów, Noti, Paged, PROFim, Vini Design, Vzór
NASZ App: Circus Digitalis
Tomek Rygalik was born in Lodz in 1976. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz for two years and then graduated from Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York (1999 BA/Hons). After his studies he worked with several design companies in New York city and the area – consulting for clients including Kodak, Polarioid, Mtv, Perkinelmer, Dentsply, Unilever, Dupont etc. In 2003 he came to the Royal College of Art for post graduate studies (2005 MA RCA). After graduating from the RCA, he joined the RCA stuff as a research associate and established his own design practice in both London and Lodz. From 2008 he teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts (PG13 platform) and from 2009 is based in Warsaw. 2010-2012 he was the art director of Comforty – the leading polish furniture brand.
Gosia Rygalik was born in 1982 in Warsaw. She graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and worked with design studio in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects. Her MA studies were focused on experiencing food. The relationship between design and food is an important field of her theoretical research as well as design practice. In 2009 she joined Studio Rygalik to become a partner in 2012.
Studio Rygalik was established in 2006 by Tomek Rygalik. For the first two years it functioned between London and Lodz, Tomek’s hometown. Since 2009 the Studio is based in Warsaw. This is when Gosia Rygalik joined the team to become a partner in 2012. Studio Rygalik develops a wide variety of comprehensive projects. The focus is on furniture, products and spaces.
The scope is wide – from design, development and implementation of new products to site-specific installations and production of limited editions, as well as objects, dining experiences and workshops that explore the relations of design, food and eating. The team remains on the fringe of distinctly commercial activities, while engaging in cultural practices and building its experimental identity. The work includes projects for ABR, Absolut, Artek, Bozar, Comforty, Dupont/Corian, Heal’s, Heineken, Ideal Standard, Iker, Moroso, Noti, Pfleiderer, ProfiM, Siemens and EU Presidency. Over the last few years the work was exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt, Lodz, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Poznan, Warsaw, Valencia and Vienna. It was also published internationally in magazine articles and press features, including Icon, Interni, Wallpaper, Experimenta, Blueprint, New York Times and Financial Times.