Designers

TOMASZ AUGUSTYNIAK

Interior designer and architect. He studied Interior Architecture and Industrial Design at Poznań’s Academy of Fine Arts. In 1993, he graduated with distinction from the Product Interpretation Studio.

In 1994-1997 he was active in the Start group of designers. Between 1996 and 2005, he cooperated with the Wzornik Studio.

Currently working as a designer for many companies including Vox Industrie, Noti, Ade Line Comforty, Profim, Balma, Adriana. His works have been shown at many exhibitions in Poland and abroad, such as the 2nd Value Added show, Institute of Industrial Design; EXPO 2010, Shanghai; ŁÓDŹ DESIGN, Łódź; Faces of Polish Design, Narodni Galerie, Prague; Noti Colours, Metaforma, Kraków; Arena Design, Poznań; Design Mai, Berlin; Design PL, Warsaw; Polish Designers Fuori Salone, Milan; Made in Poland, Museum für Angewandte, Frankfurt; Design on Tour, Warsaw; Hotel Emotion, HOST org. Atelier Mendini, Milan.

His many awards and honours include: Good Design 2010 award in the Home category; Gold Medal at the Poznań International Fair; Furniture Diamond award; Elle Decoration award; Prodeco 2002. In 2010 he won the Designer of the Year award from the President of the Institute of Industrial Design, Warsaw.

Maja Ganszyniec

Born in Silesia in 1981, Maja Ganszyniec is a Product Design graduate of London's Royal College of Art (2008) and Kraków’s Academy of Fine Arts (2005).

She gained professional experience working in design studios in London and Milan, including Atelier Mendini. After returning to Poland, she was involved in a number of commercial projects, where she was responsible for design strategy and art directing. Her cooperation with Touchideas resulted in two Red Dot Awards in Communication (2011 and 2014). In 2009-2013, she co-managed the Kompott Studio.

Currently she runs the Studio Ganszyniec specializing in furniture and product design. Her achievements include work for IKEA, Marbet Style, Comforty, Leroy Merlin, Amica, Mothercare, Orange, Dupont, Camper and PayPass.9.

Krystian Kowalski

Krystian Kowalski was born in an artistic family in Warsaw (1982). He is a Product Design graduate of London's Royal College of Art (MA, 2010) and the Faculty of Design at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (MA, 2008).

He gained experience in design studios in Warsaw, Łódź and Milan.

In Milan’s Studio Bellini, he developed an approach based on creating prototypes. In 2009-2013 he co-managed Kompott Studio, nominated for the FX International Interior Design Award (2010) in the Breakthrough Talent of the Year category. Since 2013 he has had his own Krystian Kowalski Industrial Design studio in Warsaw. He cooperates with leading furniture manufacturers in Poland and abroad. In his designs, he seeks smart solutions lending products a refined and not-so-obvious character. His creative process is based on observations of behaviour, an in-depth analysis of trends and technologies to select the optimal solutions for the brand and manufacturing process. Favouring a comprehensive approach, he uses state-of-the-art computer technologies complemented by working the material. In his studio, equipped with a pattern shop, he conceives bold ideas to be materialized as prototypes. For him, understanding how a product is going to be used is as important as knowing how it is going to be made.

His work has been shown at a number of exhibitions, including London’s Mint Gallery, Kraków’s MOCAK and the Milan Triennale as well as published in major trade magazines.

Joachim Lesiak and Paulina Izdebska-Lesiak

They were both born in 1975 and graduated from the Faculty of Interior Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków (2000)

Since 2004 they have been running their own Alter Ego Design studio specializing in interior and exhibitions design.

For Marbet Style, they have designed the ONLY and NOBLE lines of furniture.

For more information, see www.ae-design.pl

Natasha Pavluchenko

One of Poland’s best known and acclaimed fashion designers, she comes from Belarus but has been living in Poland since 2002. Here, she has her own studio and showroom, a magical place where you can admire her creations. She has graduated from the faculty of Fashion Design at the Institute of Modern Knowledge. She has won many prestigious awards for fashion designers, including CPD Düsseldorf, Russian Silhouette, New Look Design. She also received the main award at the Polish New Look Design 2005.

For more information, see www.natashapavluchenko.pl

For Marbet Style, she has designed a special collection of male/female furniture. Her barstools inspired by tailor's dummies were presented at two Fashion Weeks Poland in 2010.