Berlin's famed airport Berlin Templehof opened its doors for the 11th annual DMY International Design Festival Berlin, a showcase of architecture, interior and product design featuring over 500 designers from across the globe. The central exhibition served as a focal point of Berlin Design week, a weeklong celebration including galleries, museum, studios and school-hosted events and exhibitions throughout Germany's capital city.
The central exhibition of DMY 2013 showcased an incredible range of new products and designers, however arguably the most notable was the student work. In keeping with 2013's Polish Design Focus—making Poland the 5th guest country to present at the German festival—DMY showed and impressive range of professional and student work from Warsaw to Gdansk.
Here is a quick look into the exhibitors from four of Poland's design programs.
Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in KrakowThe Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (established in 1818) is the oldest arts academy in Poland. For DMY they presented a selection of work from their bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs spanning the disciplines of transportation, furniture and industrial design.
Cafe Seat. A furniture design with a specific function - Dominika Brzostowska
Let'sprint concept design for a fixed-gear bicycle - Stanislaw Juszczak
School of Form in Poznan - For their booth at DMY Berlin, the School of Form based in Poznan, Poland presented a unique set of IKEA-hacked Lack Tables. Students of the Domestic Design curriculum in collaboration with IKEA added or shifted the function of pre-existing products while redefining the target buyer.
Domestic Design: Lack Additional Function - Kamila Sanczyk
Fine Arts Academy in Gdansk - In their presentation of "Around the Table" the Fine Arts Academy of Gdansk reconsidered one of the most cultural and social hubs in any household - the dining room table. Visitors of DMY were invited to investigate a number of new products while circulating around a long display table. The reasoning for both the unique presentation and design of the objects was that the "work should highlight the advantages of a meal, but also to stimulate creative thinking and willingness to debate."
The Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz - The department of Textile and Fashion of the Academy of Fine arts in Lodz exhibited a number of works in addition to demonstrations of traditional floor-loom weaving. The presentation of centuries-old approaches to textile manufacturing raised an interesting debate about the often-uneasy relationship between digital manufacturing technologies and use of traditional handicrafts in design.
Faculty of the Textile and Fashion Department presenting traditional weaving methods
We applaud the organizers of DMY for orchestrating an excellent turn out of student projects and look forward to seeing more uniquely Polish Design—stay tuned for our favorites from the other DMY Berlin presenters.
Teshia Treuhaft is a Michigan-born designer. Upon graduating from back-to-back degrees, a BFA from the University of Michigan and MFA of Furniture Design from RISD, she moved to Berlin to pursue a research project considering shifting paradigms in design education. Teshia currently works at the tangible UX startup Senic.