Polish Design

TYLKO : Custom Built Storage To Fit Your Space

TYLKO Custom Built Storage to fit your space

I’m not sure if I’ve ever mentioned this before, but my husband is actually Polish and since we met I have taken a really keen interest in Poland and all things Polish. I’ve been trying to learn the language for 10 years now and I’ve still not nailed it despite having a natural talent for languages (I have a first class degree in French, German and European Studies). My interest in Poland also extends to the Polish design scene which has been steadily making waves here in the UK. Read More…

Concrete Accessories from I Like Beton

I Like Beton Concrete Plant Pot

The concrete trend in interiors has been a pretty slow burner. Products made from concrete first started to appear a good few years ago but it wasn’t until recently that the trend really caught on with companies starting to produce all kinds of concrete accessories for the home. I’ve been pinning some of my favourite concrete products for some time now and you can take a look at what has caught my eye over on my Concrete Trend Pinterest board. The latest brand to pique my interest is a small Polish company called I Like Beton. All the products are hand-cast and hand processed in Poland with a strong focus on simplicity and usability. Their portfolio currently consists of concrete bowls and lamps, but will soon expand to include chairs, plant pots and clocks. All the products not only look really great but each one is completely unique and not to mention highly durable. As you can see from the images, these concrete accessories look great in contemporary home interiors and this utilitarian material can actually look really quite elegant. What do you guys think? Are you fans of concrete accessories?

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Graphic Art Prints from Mleko

Mleko Yummy Tea fine art giclee print

Today I am extremely happy to announce that another great designer has joined the Design Sheppard Shop! Hurrah!! I’d like you all to welcome Mleko to the party. Mleko is a fresh and exciting interior and gift label offering contemporary, graphic art prints directly from the artist. The venture was set up by Ania Newland, a Polish-born designer/maker, whose love of bespoke items and graphics inspired her to set up shop. Read More…

Unique Gourd Lamps by Calabarte

Gourd lamp bracket VI - Waves Equilibrium

Gourd lamp bracket VI – Waves Equilibrium

I just had to feature these spectacular lights by a Polish designer who goes by the name of Calabarte. He creates the most magical lighting effects with his unusual choice of material and the results are just breath-taking. The lamps are made from the gourd, which is an annual tropical vine originating in Africa and Asia. Its dried, lignified fruits are used for various decorative as well as practical purposes. Calabarte‘s lamps are made from this unique fruit through a process of manual perforation and framing. Using natural materials and the highest quality of craftsmanship Calabarte is able to create some unique effects. As the shape of the fruit is determined by nature, and the framing created manually, each lamp is one of a kind.

Standing gourd lamp X by Calabarte

Standing Gourd lamp X

Standing Lamp XIV Globe II by Calabarte

Standing Lamp XIV Globe II

Standing lamp XIII by Calabarte

Standing lamp XIII

Standing gourd lamp XII by Calabarte

Standing Gourd lamp XII

Standing gourd lamp XI by Calabarte

Standing gourd lamp XI

So what do you think? Amazing aren’t they?

Interview: Designer Remigiusz Laskowski

Calvado Headboard

I have recently had the pleasure of getting to know Renata of Muslavi Gallery, the sole UK distributor of the furniture and homewares designed and produced by the Polish company Laskowscy Design.

I blogged about their products some time ago and I now have the good fortune to be the proud owner of my very own butterfly hanger…I just couldn’t resist, they are so pretty.

I wanted to know more about the company and the products so what better way to do this than to interview the man behind the designs, Remigiusz Laskowski.

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Polish interiors range

I’m a big fan of Polish design so when I received a press release from Laskowscy Design about their furniture now being available in the UK I knew it deserved a blog post.

Distributed by the Muslavi Gallery, the stunning powder coated furniture and interior accessories are designed by award-winning Polish artist and designer Remigiusz Laskowski.

Having received much acclaim and media coverage in his native Poland and in Europe, Laskowski’s collection of stunning affordable pieces are now available in the UK for the first time. The collection centres around a range of tables, coffee tables, mirrors and shelves, all crafted in steel and designed in Laskowski’s distinct visual style.

Notable pieces include the ‘Orient’ and ‘Ikebana’ range of curved edge tables  and coffee tables. Each has a delicate and elegant floral and cherry blossom motif cut out of the steel. These can be matched with mirrors and shelves in the same design to give a room a really eye-catching appearance. Strong reds, yellows and oranges ensure these stylish pieces really get noticed.

Polska! Year

Polska! Year 2009-2010

Polska! Year 2009-2010

Polska! Year started in Spring of this year and will continue through to 2010. It is a joint initiative of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The purpose of the Year is to bring the communities of Poland and Great Britain closer by strengthening cultural relations and establishing new contacts between Polish and British artistic institutions, artists and organisers of cultural events.

Polska! Year comprises over 200 projects presenting the most interesting achievements of Polish culture and showcasing works of the most outstanding Polish artists to the British public. It features exhibitions of past and modern art, concerts of classical, jazz and contemporary music, reviews of feature films, documentaries and animation, theatrical performances, as well as conferences and seminars.

At London Design Festival this year there was a hive of activity showcasing Polish culture. Young Creative Poland from 19-27 September was a group show of the best young designers emerging from Poland and working in furniture design, industrial design, graphic design, fashion, architecture and innovative engineering.

Young Creative Poland

Young Creative Poland

Polska Folk took place at Tent London from 24-27  September and was an exhibition of new work from young Polish designers who have reached back to traditional folk designs, materials and manufacturing processes in making their work.

Polska Folk

Polska Folk

Unfortunately, this year I was unable to take time off from work in order to make the trip to London Design Festival. Both Polska Folk and Young Creative Poland would definitely have been at the top of my list of things to go and see. But fear not, the net is awash with round ups of the designs that were exhibited. I won’t be posting everything here on my blog, but Dezeen has a special feature on Polish design at the moment  so if you are interested I suggest you click here.

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