The ABCs of Polish Design

LDF2022 Elementarz polskiego designuDates: 8.05 – 31.10.2022 r. Admission hours and rules are available on the website of the Akademickie Centrum Design.
Adress: Akademickie Centrum Designu, 13/15 Księżny Młyn Str., Łódź.

The exhibition presents 100 Polish design projects created over the last century, from 1918 until present. 100 objects, in addition to furniture, glass and porcelain, i.e. objects commonly associated with design, also include less obvious items: typefaces, logotypes, children's toys, neon signs, a glider, a scooter and even visual designs of the Ptasie Mleczko (Polish brand of chocolate-covered marshmallows) and Ringo rubber ring. It shows both contemporary designs and those that have achieved the classics status. The exhibition presents both rarities and prototypes that have never entered mass production, as well as very popular things and objects of everyday use. It includes not only 100 objects and 100 of their artistic interpretations, but it also presents 100 stories: about the designers, about their needs, dreams, possibilities and limitations. It tells not only about specific projects. It also shows what the design process is about, how ideas are created, and, finally, how amazing a design concept can be, as the design is the closest field of art to the man, and we are all surrounded by it...

The exhibition is addressed to a wide audience, including the youngest generation. It is based on wooden structures (racks), on which 100 graphics combined with objects or their archival images are presented.

The exhibition was commissioned by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Gdynia Design Days Festival on the occasion of the anniversary of Poland’s independence, in cooperation with the Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola. Currently, it is dedicated to the Modzelewski's Year celebrations as one of the long-term exhibitions of the Academic Design Centre in Łódź. So far, it has been presented abroad, e.g. in Budapest, Berlin, Bucharest, Zagreb, Vienna, St. Petersburg, and Toronto.

Curator: Ewa Solarz