RESOURCES. From Raw Materials to End Products
— 2019

Photographs show what is usually hidden and invisible at first glance. They present the origin of products manufactured in Polish factories and the materials they are made of. The Curator Agata Nowotny, with great scientific curiosity, examined the beginnings of products we use on a daily basis: cups, chairs and even the toilet bowls. This series presents four traditional resources used in Polish industry: wood, glass, ceramics and metal, as well as production processes, using the same materials but resulting in very different products. It shows how dust transforms into a dish, a flat sheet metal into a fork or a lamp, and a log of wood into a chair backrest.

Among the exhibits you can find an iconic chair manufactured by Fameg from bent wood, traditional Hefry cutlery and modern Chors lamps, classic crystals from Julia Glassware, an iconic glass plate desinged by Jan Drost and manufactured by Edwanex Glassworks, as well as various types of ceramic products: from historical Karolina porcelain and craft products from Manufaktura Majolika in Nieborów, to bathroom ceramics from the Koło brand.

Curator: Agata Nowotny
Photography: Krzysztof Pacholak
Design & Production: Grynasz Studio
Research: Anna Łyszcz

Initiator: Arena Design
Partner: Łódź Design Festival
Sanitary ceramics
Crystal glass
Wooden bent furniture
Silver cutlery
Aluminium lightening