HUK

A set of objects showing the blacksmithing craftsmanship. The tray highlight the contrast. The smoothness, purity and simplicity of its form meets with irregular, rough structure. It’s an idea to emphasize and appreciate the work of blacksmiths, where strong, heavy movements can create a extremely plastic, even sculptural structure.

 

Candle holder is made on the basis of the ancient technique of the grommet (punching) manufacturing, ie. a connecting element which not require a welding. The fragment of the cylindrical rod is flattened into a rectangular form, and then by the punch tool a hole is made. Thanks to this process the material is ‚pushed out’ sideways, resulting in a thickening around its central part.

 

The trivet pot shows the versatility of steel, combined with the high skills of the blacksmith, its unlimited possibilities of modeling and shaping. In the manufacturing process, the square bar is forged into the desired triangular form and then bent into an elliptical or circular shape.

 

MANUBA GDD Collection is a series of products created especially for the Gdynia Design Days Festival. The main idea is to recover the forgotten crafts. Each product is a result of a designer’s collaboration with a craftsman. Apart from the final effect, the exchange of experiences between the designer and a master craftsman is significant.

Manufacturer | Kowale.Losu
Collaboration | Manuba GDD
Year | 2017
Materials | forged steel

Images by Stanisław Czarnocki
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PHARE

The concept is simple, an approachable portable LED light. It is handy, lightweight, easily transportable, and with its rechargeable battery it can be used in almost any setting. Phare acts as a means for people to bring some light along with them.

 

Its value lies in its universality. It is charged using a USB-C connector and has a 10-hour battery life, allowing it to be used freely both indoors and out. It can be either free-standing or hanging.

 

The stance that the light takes, weather standing at a dynamic angle or hanging from an edge it is a reminder that the lamp is not meant to be fixed in any one spot. The lighting is diffuse, illuminating a space gently without overwhelming it. The lamp is ideal for work, leisure, or social events. Phare acts as a means for people to bring some light along with them.

 

The design of Phare is a result of a process of reduction. There is no superfluous or decorative elements but only the function of it gives it its formal language.

Manufacturer | Menu A/S
Collaboration | Ecal
Year | 2017
Materials | alu, polypropylene injection

Images by Bonvin | Crettenand | Czarnocki
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SLIPSTEN

More than just keeping you on time.

„When we look at clocks, we see more than just the time. Whether it’s a big wall clock in your kitchen or an alarm clock by your bed, they reflect your style and help complete your home. And getting a new clock is easy and affordable too, when you feel it’s time for a change” – Ikea of Sweden

 

Available online here

Manufacturer | Ikea
Year | 2017
Materials | polypropylene injection

BALANCING ACT

Sitting at our desks we focus purely on productivity. We disconnect from our bodies, becoming faster, more effective and cost-efficient as our brains become detached from physical constraints. In our search for work optimisation we are leaving our bodies behind.

 

Balancing Act forces the user into immediate awareness of the corporeal, bringing to the fore the dynamic and tension of individual muscles. Drawing on Eastern exercise practices, the object demands the user to take control and command it with their own body.

 

The act of balancing becomes a performance art, a relationship between the body and the object that constantly evolves. The design provokes users to rethink our culture of physical passivity, reconnect with our bodies and embrace active rest.

Year | 2017
Material | wood

SIT

A body-minded wooden stool and work table which together create an active working environment. It is a fresh perspective on the world of office seating.

The project SIT is a reevaluation of how to create good habits and have the best workspace for our body. We are born to move, movement is what our body needs while we work.

 

This stool presents a new work height coupled with an elastomer bushing which keeps us moving while we sit. These micro-movements will activate the lubrication of intervertebral discs, preventing the normal stiff feeling you get from sitting in a fixed position at length.

Collaboration | Ecal
Year | 2015
Material | wood

Images by Axel Crettenand
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NATURAL WICKER BAG

Modern character of wicker. Wicker has been known and used in Poland for more than 150 years. Wicker baskets are commonly known and recognizable, but their popularity has decreased.

 

The design of the ‚Natural Wicker Bags’ reaches to tradition, but also tries to overcome stereotypes. Giving wickerwork a new, more modern character is intended to draw attention and help reactivate this beautiful yet waning craft.

 

The ‚Natural Wicker Bags’ are constructed from two main materials. The outside part is weaved from natural wicker tape and the inner part is sewed from technical, waterproof Cordura fabric. After weaving process the outside wicker element is undergoing a process of natural dyeing protecting it from moisture and rain. Wicker properties allows it to live many years, provided proper care. The wicker element of the backpack is one hundred percent breathable. It acts as a stiffener and the protector for inner goods.

Collaboration | Ecal
Year | 2015
Material | wicker, cordura

Images by Axel Crettenand
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AXOR

Axor waterdream’s bespoke spouts created by ÉCAL students. The ‚bend’ enhances a standard tube shape by adding a single cut, bending a portion away from the main body.

It reflects simplicity in production methods, creating an elegant addition to the bathroom. Attaching to the ‚U-base’ using an easy click-in system, the conceptual, high-quality fixtures enable a range of combination possibilities.

Manufacturer | Axor Hanshrohe
Collaboration | Ecal
Year | 2015
Material | glass

Images by Axel Crettenand

MOULD MACHINE | HEART OF GLASS

The Mould Machine project was developed in close collaboration with Matteo Gonet Studio. The aim was to explore the potential benefits of fire-resistant or refractory materials when producing moulds for glass objects. The designers were thus invited to imagine prototypes for moulds and to express their intentions very clearly.

The research process was largely based on a series of iterations and evaluation procedures, before and after being fired. Each stage in the project was clearly defined so as to optimise the tests carried out during the preparatory process.

 

The idea was largely about questioning traditional moulding techniques, which generally use wax and involve complex processes. The benefit of refractory materials is that they are very easy to handle, so it is possible to sculpt them, weave them, stick or screw them.

 

‚I’M ENOUGH’ piece by Baker Wardlaw. Created by using a mould technique developed by Lola Buades and Stanislaw Czarnocki.

 

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Manufacturer | Ecal
Collaboration | Lola Buades
Year | 2015
Material | fireproof fibres, glass

Images by Axel Crettenand

T01

The main goal of this design was to create a versatile table with a classic character where functionality and mobility are primary concerns. Form, visually soft and light is deprived of superfluous styling to enhance the simplicity.

The design has been create to meet the need for arranging workplace as well as everyday activities such as dining. The inner bottom table in the form of a shelf allows for quick and convenient storage for books, laptop, etc.

Collaboration | Jakub Marzoch
Year | 2014
Material | wood

Images by Ernest Wińczyk