Initiated by the Polish Institute in New Delhi to coincide with the launch of their new premises in Jorbagh 67, this cross cultural exchange between Indian designer Gunjan Gupta and Polish designers Gosia Rygalik and Tomek Rygalik with their respective studios looks at Indian craft techniques along with Polish industrial production. Gunjan and Tomek are both well-recognized furniture designers and represent culturally poignant design philosophies of their respective countries on the international design stage. For 2016, they are working together with design students from India and Poland on an exchange program with the support of the Institute to develop a series of products that would be showcased internationally through the existing network of the participants. The aim is to research and develop new ideas and create hybrid objects that would emerge out of this cross cultural collaboration.
Gunjan and Tomek met in 2007 as part of a creative entrepreneurship program in the UK where they were both at the beginning of their careers. They have stayed in touch with each other’s career developments are were very excited to come together for this project thanks to the Polish Institute, New Delhi and its director Anna Tryc-Bromley who has found the resourcefulness as a meeting point of Polish and Indian design and that new Polish-Indian product to be made in India.
Official inauguration of the project will take place during the presentation from the designers at the opening of the Polish Institute’s new premises on 20th of May 2015 and prior to that the one- day workshop with the participation of Indian design students from the Indian Institute of Crafts & Design (IICD) in Jaipur, Pearl Academy (Delhi branch) and Sushant School of Design (SSD), Ansal University in Gurgaon is planned. The designers will choose from the participants two students who will be invited by the Polish Institute for a study visit to Poland later on this year.
Gunjan is India’s leading product designer and an emerging name on the International design circuit. Her iconic designs have been showcased at leading design fairs like Design Miami /Art Basel / Fuorisalone in Milan / Design Days Dubai where she has been noticed and collected by leading collectors, celebrities, institutional heads and design critics.
Gunjan is a Masters Graduate in Design from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design in London. Her efforts in repositioning the `Made in India ` brand Internationally have won her global recognition that includes several awards, notably, British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur in 2007 and the Designer of the year Award by Elle Decor 2012.
Gunjan is a design entrepreneur who has been voted one of 5 names to watch out for in Indian luxury by the Fortune Magazine and has been featured in CNBC TV 18 Young Turks TV Series.
“When we wrap something, we attach a new set of value to it” says Gunjan Gupta about her Studio being called Wrap which is inspired by the ancient Indian throne decoration technique of silver wrapping exemplified by the ‘Dining Throne’. Wrap was founded in response to the absence of internationally relevant Indian design that explores the potential of luxury handicraft. Wrap seeks to revive and invigorate India’s traditional crafts and decorative arts positioning them at the heart of contemporary lifestyle.
Studio Wrap is International Design Studio based in new Delhi that undertakes design and production of furniture, product and space design in collaboration with traditional Indian artisans. Studio Wrap’s sculptural furniture design, product and bespoke interiors are known for blending functionality, durability, craftsmanship and comfort with cutting edge style and cultural narrative across the world. Studio Wrap’s global footprint is being established through the eponymous artworks of its Creative Director, Gunjan Gupta that are regularly showcased at prestigious fairs as an attestation to the vision and direction that the studio has taken to position Indian craftsmanship globally.
For more Information on studio Wrap: please visit: www.wrap.co.in
Studio Rygalik was established in 2006 by Tomek Rygalik. For the first two years it functioned between London and Lodz, Tomek’s hometown. Since 2009 the Studio is based in Warsaw. This is when Gosia Rygalik joined the team to become a partner in 2012. Studio Rygalik develops a wide variety of comprehensive projects. The focus is on furniture, products and spaces. The scope is wide – from design, development and implementation of new products to site-specific installations and production of limited editions, as well as objects, dining experiences and workshops that explore the relations of design, food and eating. The team remains on the fringe of distinctly commercial activities, while engaging in cultural practices and building its experimental identity. The work includes projects for ABR, Absolut, Artek, Bozar, Comforty, Dupont/Corian, Heal’s, Heineken, Ideal Standard, Ikea, Moroso, Noti, Paged, Pfleiderer, ProfiM, Siemens and EU Presidency. Over the last few years the work was exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt, Lodz, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Poznan, Warsaw, Valencia and Vienna. It was also published internationally in magazine articles and press features, including Icon, Interni, Wallpaper, Experimenta, Blueprint, New York Times and Financial Times.
Tomek Rygalik (born in Lodz in 1976) is a designer, curator and educator with Ph.D in Industrial Design. He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz, and graduated from Industrial Design at Pratt Institute (1999 BID). Then worked with design companies in New York, consulting for international clients. After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005 (MA), he joined the RCA staff as a Research Associate and established Studio Rygalik in both UK and Poland. Since 2005 he designs for companies including Moroso, Ideal Standard, Siemens, Heineken and Ikea. He leads a design course at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PG13). From 2010 he also provides creative direction for leading polish furniture brands including Comforty and Paged.
Gosia Rygalik (born in Warsaw in 1982) graduated from the Design Department
at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA). She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and worked with a design studio in Copenhagen. During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects. Her MA studies were focused on experiencing food. The relationship between design and food is an important field of her theoretical research as well as design practice. In 2009 she joined Studio Rygalik to become a partner in 2012.
For more information Studio Rygalik, please visit: http://www.studiorygalik.com/#
Photo: Gosia & Tomek Rygalik/ Gunjan Gupta