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Sea of inspiration. Five projects inspired by the Baltic

12 of October '20

Cold, in shades of extinguished greens and grays, while full of light and biologically diverse. Such is the Baltic Sea. The young generation of designers and designers is discovering it for themselves. Furniture, fabrics and decorations allude to the seascape in a non-obvious way.

We present a subjective selection of projects from the Baltic Sea. Their authors have gone far beyond the obvious schemes and simple associations. Their designs are the result of research and careful observation, resulting in products that are not only beautiful, but also reinterpret the Baltic heritage in an interesting way. On the one hand, they are poetic shorthand for the landscape, translating it easily into the language of objects. On the other hand, they go a step further than just visual inspiration, reaching for recycled materials or collaborations with local artisans.

recycled kilim

The textile industry generates an unimaginable amount of pollution and waste, which are becoming increasingly visible and troublesome in today's world. They litter our ecosystem, including the seas and oceans, destroying the natural habitat of many animals. This problem became the inspiration for the Tartaruga studio. That is why the Wasteworld project by Wiktoria Podolec and Jadzia Lenart was created. It is a collection of hand-woven kilims and home textiles made of more than 90% wool yarns that are waste from the mass production of carpets. They are rejected in industrial production because they are too light in weight. Nevertheless, they have very good mechanical properties and can be successfully used for hand weaving.

Kilim Wasteword Tartaguga Studio

Kilim Wasteword from Tartaruga Studio.

© Szczecin Incubator of Culture

rest on the sands

TheDune chair is an object on the border of design and sculpture. To create it, the artist, Cyril Zakrzewski, was inspired by sand dunes, gentle curves and the sensation of movement caused by perpetually shifting sand. The designer took advantage of their incredible visual appeal. Combined with the meticulous handcrafting from birch plywood and natural oil finish, it creates a wonderful effect.

Krzesło Dune, Cyryl Zakrzewski

Dune chair designed by Cyril Zakrzewski

© Szczecin Culture Incubator

mirrors from the sea

Vitamin D is an original brand created by Malgorzata Knobloch and Igor Wiktorowicz. Their mission is to create things that are durable, simple and beautiful. This is exactly what Bliki Mirrors are. The small, delicate objects charm with their simplicity. The colors of the wood are varied, so they will fit into any interior. The mirrors, like other products of Studio Vitamin D, were created in cooperation with Pomeranian contractors, on the scale of artisan production.

Lusterka Bliki, witamina D

Bliki mirrors from Studio Vitamin D

© Szczecin Culture Incubator

baltic bird

The tern is a very characteristic element of the coastal landscape. Crouching on the breakwater, it is an integral part of the identity of the Baltic coast. Inspired by the Studio 1:1 team, the figure is made of turned wood and steel elements. The wood of the body is hand-treated and oil-waxed. The natural grain of the figurine is highlighted by wax based on natural ingredients.

Rybitwy, Studio 1:1

Tern Studio 1:1

© Szczecin Incubator of Culture

closet for nomads

The light-colored wood and cotton surplice used to make this object brings to mind masts and nautical canvas. The PIN furniture system, designed by Ola Witaszczyk, Konrad Dybicki and Magdalena Pawelec, is an eco-friendly furniture system for people who frequently change their place of residence. It is lightweight and intuitive to assemble and disassemble which makes it hassle-free to transport and can be packed and carried in a passenger car. The project qualified for the finals of the competition Young at the Start, Elle Decoration 2019.

System meblowy PIN

PIN furniture system

© Szczecin Cultural Incubator

All the described projects can be seen at the Baltic Home exhibition at the Szczecin Cultural Incubator until October 16, 2020.

Helena Postawka-Lech

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