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Focus on Furniture Design
December 1, 2014   
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A series of events focusing on communist-era Polish furniture design will be held in the western city of Poznań on the first and second Thursdays of December under the motto “Back to the Context.”

The events are a follow-up to an exhibition of Polish furniture design from the 1960s at the city’s ForForm gallery that featured items such as “Kowalski’s Wall Unit” and “Kowalski’s Chair.”

The series fits into a trend toward rediscovering the work of communist-era designers in Poland, many of whom were astonishingly innovative by today’s standards, according to art critics.

Some of these items have become icons of modern furniture design. For example, an armchair designed by Roman Modzelewski (1912-1997) in 1958 won praise from Swiss-French architect and designer Charles-Édouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, one of the pioneers of modern architecture and design. However, due to factors including the Iron Curtain, most of the jewels of Polish furniture design remained on the margins of the European art scene.

The “Back to the Context” series comprises meetings with furniture design professionals at the Artykwariat Gallery in downtown Poznań and an exhibition combined with the sale of items in the neighboring ForForm gallery. Items on display will include designs by Modzelewski and another prominent Polish communist-era furniture designer, Rajmund Teofil Hałas (1925-2008). Visitors to the ForForm Gallery will also be able to see and purchase a “Bookcase of Variable Height” and the award-winning RM58 armchair (pictured) revived by Warsaw company VZÓR.

The series will begin with a meeting with designers from the VZÓR company at the Artykwariat Gallery Dec. 4. During the event, the founders of VZÓR, Jakub Sobiepanek and Michał Woch, will talk about the company’s history and brief the audience on the life and work of Modzelewski. This will be followed by a presentation of furniture at the ForForm Gallery.

In another event at the Artykwariat Gallery Dec. 11 visitors will be able to meet designers from Poznań-based online furniture store nowymodel.org.
When: Dec. 4 and 11, 7 p.m.
Where: Artykwariat and ForForm art galleries,
8 Paderewskiego St., Poznań
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