Design 32 Environment

Akademia Sztuk Pięknych w Katowicach


Mateusz Mioduszewski

Agata Korzeńska IDEE, Marta Żmija

The exhibition was divided into six thematic sections. Pantone, which is this year's leitmotif, is Living Coral. The color of the year always carries a specific message. It is to draw attention to environmental pollution and the extermination of other species, including many oceanic ones, such as coral reefs. Color is supposed to spark a discussion about animals that may disappear forever. The discussion of the environment is the starting point for many diploma projects. The material used in the arrangement – mdf colored in the mass - directly refers to the color of the year. Printing with white, directly on the material is limited to the use of one raw material.

One of the themes is man as an individual and part of a larger whole. Diplomas are engaged work, but more socially than politically. They respond to specific problems, for example those relating to the most simply understood internal environment. Klaudia Gołaszczyk (Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice) in cooperation with the Foundation for the Development of Cardiac Surgery Prof. Religi created a design of an artificial heart controller that allows patients to return to an active life, and Katarzyna Król (Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow) designed intelligent clothing supporting the rehabilitation process. Technology does not have to cut off from life, it can allow you to experience it more fully.

The "committed" creators do not shy away from issues related to the social environment. Just like Monika Szybiak (Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków), who designed a new visual identification for the Rafedonejn clothing brand created by refugees from Iraq, or Aleksandra Zaborska (ASP Szczecin), who would like to integrate small immigrants from Ukraine and their Polish colleagues through play with the help of the activity book "Priviet ! means Hello! ”.

There will be more projects for books and other types of publications at the exhibition. The wide area that we have called the visual environment is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for young designers. A large part of the works that make up Design 32 is devoted to private and public space. The home environment is, for example, wonderful fabrics based on which Natalia Olesiak (Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź) creates a collection of carpets and clothes or a set of multi-functional furniture by Gabriela Rybicka (Academy of Fine Arts in Szczecin) - charming "transformers" made of wood and pink plush. The urban environment interests designers, among others as a space integrating the community - in the work of Zuzanna Kubicz (Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk), who in her hometown of Sopot would like to create a facility for local residents, functioning "off-season", serving for coworking.

And if the urban environment, then the environment in motion seen from the perspective of a passenger of one of the futuristic vehicles presented at the exhibition. You can actually touch one of them. A model of Kordian Mańkowski's Adaptive Vehicle (University of Arts in Poznań) will be installed in the Rondo Sztuki in Katowice
- a zero-emission means of transport that could reduce global car production. Kordian Mańkowski's vehicle adapts to the user's needs - not only the type of drive can be changed, but also the wheelbase, for example. It can be a sports car or a small city car. So small that this scrap of parking space that others regretfully passes by.