From the Table to the Showcase — How we now Approach Our Domestic Post-War Design


From the Table to the Showcase — How we now Approach Our Domestic Post-War Design


9 July 2021, 17:00


Muzeum Miasta Gdyni
Zawiszy Czarnego 1


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A few years ago, Eryka and Jan Drosts’ glass went from being objects encountered in every home to cult objects. Today’s generation of twenty-to-forty-year-olds have ‘discovered’ Ząbkowice glass and proudly display it in their apartments, raise its prices in web auctions, and pull it from the cupboards of their parents and grandparents.

For some, Ząbkowice glass is a part of home décor, for others, collectors’ items. As one collector has put it, there are ‘edible’ and ‘inedible’ colours, and thus glass pieces on which you can serve guests desert and others that look perfect in a showcase. During her lecture at the Gdynia City Museum, Katarzyna Jasiołek will be speaking about glass of the 1960s and 70s that has returned to the living rooms from the attics and basements. Yet we will also be learning the secrets of furniture, ceramics and textiles produced in post-war Poland. 

Perhaps the point in post-war design was not at all to possess, but to stay in constant motion? An asset of design conceived as goods is that the people drawn in to the game can keep exchanging one object for another. When they get bored of one thing they have the chance to buy something else, to choose an object to collect in many colour schemes or kinds. This allows them to meet other participants in the game, to make friends, to feel part of something larger and valuable, as it aims to salvage our design legacy. Will you join in? Have you got any favourite objects? Or ones you dream about?

Registration is required for the event:

Gdynia City Museum is the organizer of the exhibition.

Co-organizer of the exhibition is the National Museum in Wrocław.


Katarzyna Jasiołek

Katarzyna Jasiołek

The author of Asteroid and Sofa-Shelf: On Polish Industrial Design, and articles for plein-air and design exhibition catalogues and about glass and ceramics artists.She runs the Heliotrop blog, and records a podcast with designers and craftspeople. Her interest in post-war design is rooted in a fondness for interior design. She is not a collector, yet she can not keep herself from collecting glass...

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