The New Generation
Can tenderness and care help us design a new beginning? The New Generation exhibits the best and most appealing projects designed by students from seven art universities. As I was selecting the pieces for the exhibition, I kept asking myself questions: What is good for us? What will help us find the balance we need? What will nourish us and give us strength? What future scenarios emerge from the proposals of the young generation?
Young designers have been looking for the ways of bridging the gap between the individual and the communal. As tender storytellers, mediators, and integrators of feelings, memories, places, and relations, they have been weaving the story of the world, becoming the center of the net.
What we need is re-education. A change that starts with our own body, our own spirit – us, humans, tender narrators. Let’s turn to the microscale, the human scale, the scale of the neighborhood, the scale of the region. Let’s focus on the scale of the cell – the cell of the human, the animal, the plant, and the fungus. Tenderness protects. From the exploitation of the body and the exploitation of natural resources. From excess.
The New Generation exhibits the best and most appealing projects designed by students from seven universities: the School of Form at SWPS University, Koszalin University of Technology, Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology, the Academy of Art in Szczecin, the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and Sopot Academy of Applied Sciences.
Milk & Bread
Fermentation is key! A healthy person’s body is home to around 2 kilograms of microorganisms. That’s why we need to keep our microflora balanced, which is now easier than ever with fermented, artisanal products. On top of that, cooking and eating brings people together, builds communities and fosters connections.
Ceramic set: paint it with milk and make yourself some yoghurt
Painting ceramics with milk is not only one of the oldest decorating techniques, but it is also durable and energy-efficient—ceramic items can be fired in a kitchen oven. Self-sufficiency is finding its way back to our lives, bringing with it functional solutions and a lot of satisfaction.
Dishes for baking bread
Porcelain dishes telling the story of bread. How often have you heard that you can’t play with food? Well, you can! Have fun, learn as you go, and let your body and senses relish in the taste of delicious bread. Let’s celebrate community and everyday rituals.
What we need more today than ever before is the sense of softness and closeness. Touching and being touched are fundamental human activities that reflect our need to feel emotions, experience pleasure, and seek comfort.
Pillow facilitating sexual activity in older people
Design can be used to break taboos. Sexual activity of the elderly has been a taboo topic for far too long and unjustifiably so. After all, being sexually active has a positive impact on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. The pillow supports the lower back by lifting up the hips slightly, which in turn improves the comfort of sexual intercourse. The project has been consulted with selected elderly women and doctors. Perfect for individuals of all ages. Will you give it a go?
A special set for women in maternity wards
Labour, especially in a hospital, can be an extreme experience. How to soothe the body after all it has been through? “Utul” is a set designed to provide women with needed intimacy, regeneration, and knowledge to understand the rush of emotions after childbirth.
A mat for sensory stimulation
A feast for the senses! Touch the richness of textures, stimulate the sight by soaking in the colors, and feel the protruding elements to find your balance. Made using traditional methods and recycled materials in line with sustainable development principles.
Zestaw tekstylnych obiektów do zabawy stymulujący kreatywność
Toys without a predetermined purpose are the best – not only for kids! Unrestricted play stimulates imagination and motor skills while fostering deeper connections. The set is made from durable, scrape-resistant cotton fabric, 70% of which is recycled.
Tools for living
Smart life is sustainable life. Live and design so that the objects around you can be repaired, recycled, and passed down to future generations. Circularity is the sign of our times.
Small & smart lighting system to help you drift into a natural sleep cycle
“Sleepy” facilitates the process of falling asleep while at sea. The good quality of sleep is crucial for crew members, for they are the ones responsible for their own safety as well as the safety of passengers. Our lighting system is nicely designed, compact, and movable, so it can serve its purpose at sea and on land.
A lamp inspired by the soothing effect of natural light
Searching for solutions and remedies, we keep turning to nature. Moonlight—with its delicate, natural light inspired by the moon and northern lights—helps you fall asleep in a deeply relaxing atmosphere.
Lighting system 3D-printed from recyclable materials
The future is about designing systems, not single products. The IVI System, then, is a holistic manifesto—the lamps are made to order, so no waste is produced. They can be personalized and recycled!
The manifesto of a chair. Connecting craftsmanship and sustainable design
You can craft it, you can sit on it, you can repair it – that is the mantra of sustainable design. The wooden structure of the chair and the linen seat can be easily repaired to prolong the chair’s life cycle.
A set of porcelain objects designed to deter insects in a natural way using essential oils and roast coffee
Get lost, insects! Design often turns to DIY methods because they are inexpensive, effective, and easily adaptable. The rattles are multifunctional and can be used outside as well as inside a building.
Lamp utilizing the functionality of new technologies and a unique lighting effect produced with artistic glass
The lamp’s simple form and the LED stripe inside the frame accentuate the unique effect created by the hand-shaped glass. The designer’s intention is to encourage personalized seriality – the recreation of the object in different colors, sizes, and arrangements.
The new order
Tradition is about visual and material codes that provide us with continuity. Tradition helps us understand ourselves and others. But is there a way to discover tradition anew? How can we create new codes and rituals?
Set of plates with applied decal. A manifesto on how to approach collecting anew and limit consumption
Patchwork is cool! A set of plates that embody modern identity and circular design. Seemingly unconnected, random plates become a cohesive whole thanks to decal applications.
Details of the Dolne Miasto. Public archive of traces
Modular wall bricks with a touch of traditional detail
How to blend the new with the old? Set on saving the visual code of one of Gdańsk’s districts, currently in the process of revitalization, the designer turned to traditional materials and the history of the place. With the help of technology (scanners and 3D programming), she created new bricks imbued with old architectural details.
Set of children’s furniture that grows with kids
What if we saw furniture as shape-shifting sculptures? Functional, but with the potential to awake the senses and excite imagination?
Set of folk musical instruments for children
This set, inspired by authentic folk instruments, introduces children to the world of traditional Polish sounds and melodies. For tradition to inspire, it needs to be adapted to contemporary reality. Reinterpreted folk instruments look like delicious, colorful sculptures, inviting us to explore the sounds.
Tools for understanding
How to understand ourselves and others? Through storytelling. Through all kinds of publications, but also objects. After all, this is when abstract ideas and personal stories and emotions take shape and come to life, encouraging empathy and understanding.
[de]sacralization: about socio-religious changes in Poland in statistical terms
Book on socio-religious changes in Poland
Why do we need religion? What does it mean to “believe”? What does it mean to contemporary Polish society? The subject defies frameworks and numbers, and so do the drawings based on statistical data.
A satirical magazine made using AI
Can Artificial Intelligence help us redefine how we see a female body? The publication is a satire inspired by the iconic Playboy magazine. At the same time, it explores the potential of the AI-generated erotic content. Will the fourth industrial revolution bring us emancipation and free us from stereotypes?
INTINET. Intimate Net
Scientific perspectives and reflections on polyamory
Is it possible to form an intimate relationship with more than one person at a time? Drawing on Deborah Anapol’s research, psychology, and her own reflections, the designer asks about normative societal roles in a visually appealing and scientifically sound manner.
A tool to measure pain in children
Therapeutic tool designed to determine the intensity of unpleasantness and pain experienced by children
How do we touch pain? Our subjective and abstract perceptions of pain seem impossible to be measured or visualized. In treating children, however, it is important to be able to measure the intensity of pain as precisely as possible. The light structure of this object invites interaction and makes it possible to get the information we need.
Play My Life!
Story about migrant children presented in the form of cards with tasks to be completed on one’s own
From the first to the last page, we follow two children: Aisha and Dele. She is fleeing the war; he is escaping the effects of climate change. The accessible format of the publication allows for these complex stories to teach us empathy and understanding by exposing us to others’ personal experiences.
Open-source set with breathing exercises for teenagers
We’ve all been short of breath once or twice! This campaign is intended to raise awareness among teenagers about the importance of proper breathing. Download the guidebook and follow the prompts on a temporary tattoo to reclaim your breath.
Cards for positive thinking
Therapeutic tool for improving mental wellbeing
Mental wellbeing is frequently mentioned by analysts of contemporary trends. Immersed in the online world, we need to detach ourselves from all kinds of stimuli. This set of cards takes us on a journey to mindfulness and teaches us to concentrate on our needs.
What is good for a person is good for the ecosystem. The Anthropocene is dead! We need to rebuild a symbiotic relationship with other species: plants, animals, microorganisms. Biomaterials are one alternative to contemporary means of production that exploit humans and other animal species.
Ecological face cream packaging made from biomaterials
The designer utilized leaves – floral waste – to create her own material. Samples visible in the see-through parts of packaging refer to specific skin types. Designing materials in the spirit of zero waste is the future!
Collection of objects created from self-made biodegradable materials
Entering the shoes of a scrupulous observer of reality, the designer became the researcher whose experiments and painstaking notes led her to produce biomaterials from orange peels and egg shells. Do bio-shoes stand the chance of being manufactured?
Sustainable fashion – alternative materials
Biodegradable materials as an alternative for the fashion industry
Will the attendees of future banquets flaunt algae bags and shoes made from the biodegradable PLA? Biomaterials created from PLA and spirulina are believed to become an alternative for leather and plastic goods. Would you wear it?
Curator: Agata Kiedrowicz
Exhibition design: Matylda Halkowicz / Supergirls Do Design
Visual identity: Ludwika Hawryszuk, Patrycja Żyżniewska / Pełnia Studio
Generative Animation Support: Mila Łapko
Exhibition set-up: MUH Crew
Translation: Marcin Markowicz
Coordinators: Daria Bolewicka, Magdalena Nowak / Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, prof. SANS dr Magdalena Berlińska / The Sopot Academy of Applied Sciences, dr Marta Gębska / Bydgoszcz University of Science and Technology, dr Justyna Matysiak/ Koszalin University of Technology, Ewa Protasiewicz, dr hab. Anna Szwaja / Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków, Arkadiusz Szwed/ School of Form at SWPS University, dr Iga Węglińska / Academy of Art in Szczecin
Designers: Julia Buczkowska, Ewa Burda, Karolina Czyż, Zofia Dziubecka, Aleksandra Groblewska, Marta Grykałowska, Zofia Hernas, Patrycja Janiak, Agnieszka Jaskierska, Marta Kaiser, Weronika Karska, Kamila Knitter, Tomasz Kościelniak, Patrycja Kowalczuk, Weronika Lewandowska, Joanna Miler, Maja Marlicz, Aleksandra Niewiadomska, Magdalena Pigońska, Julia Olenkiewicz, Agnieszka Rosołowska, Przemysław Sokół, Jędrzej Surzycki, Magdalena Szatyńska, Karolina Wejman, Gabriela Zemlis
Organizers: Gdynia, PPNT Gdynia, Centrum Designu
Partner: Porsche Centrum Sopot