MANUBA collection GDD 2020

The MANUBA GDD collection is a short series of products that is expanding every year with new products made especially for the needs of the festival. The fifth and unique edition of the MANUBA project is a continuation of the idea of crafts recovery in Pomerania. As part of the latest collection, a series of limited products was created, which were inspired by the current situation in the world.

Experience of isolation has shown that we should be more concerned about our own well-being. That's why MANUBA 2020 encourages you to pay more attention to your body. This idea is the result of cooperation between Agata Nowak, Kamila Niedzwiedzka and Dominika Kulczyńska and Mateusz Peringer from Zakwas Studio, who were invited to create this year's collection.

They designed and made all products in the studios of the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia. The designers used their craft skills and experience in working with ceramics and fabric. The result of their cooperation is a limited collection of three products that fall under the "selfcare" trend. Each of them was made in 25 copies based on manual production, traditional techniques and natural materials.

All products will be available for purchase online at the Manuba store, which will be created especially for this year's edition of the Gdynia Design Days festival.

curator:
Agata Nowak

A designer who works on the borderland of products, furniture, and exhibitions design. At work, she combines design intended for mass production with the creation of a short series based on traditional techniques and manual craft. She also works as a d...

A designer who works on the borderland of products, furniture, and exhibitions design. At work, she combines design intended for mass production with the creation of a short series based on traditional techniques and manual craft. She also works as a design curator. Her first exhibition was “Body at a Crossroads”, which she co-created together with Michał Bachowski. She graduated from the faculty of the Product and Furniture Design at the De Montfort University in Leicester and from the University of Fine Arts in Poznań. She has gained experience working for Studio Rygalik and Studio Ganszyniec.

www.agatanowakdesign.com

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MANUBA collection GDD 2019

It is already the fourth edition of the Manuba project – a collection of objects designed and manufactured especially for the Gdynia Design Days festival. This year the production of all items took place within workshops and studios based at the festival’s premises – the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia.

Manuba 2019 attempted to respond to the question of how to continue working as a designer, with the awareness of ceaselessly increasing overproduction around us. The collection is composed of unique products, manufactured in a limited series of approximately 25 items each. They are only available for sale during the GDD festival.

Previous editions of Manuba focused on the subject of rediscovering the forgotten crafts and concentrated on the collaboration between the designers and local craftsmen.

The GDD festival takes place at the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park in Gdynia (PPNT), and therefore this year we decided to utilise their existing workshops and studios. The designers invited to work on the Manuba collection were all craftswomen with several years’ experience in their field. They took advantage of the ceramics studio, the 3D printing and tailoring workshops based at the PPNT. Even though each designer used a different material and different technology, they were brought together by their knowledge and skills. These allowed them to lead the projects themselves all the way from initial concept to final production.

In the fourth edition of Manuba we wanted to show that traditional craftsmanship can continue to develop and​ ​ that the modern Design Thinking methodology can be applied. This year’s design process started with an intense two day design sprint led by Manuba’s curator. The team’s work culminated in a week-long studio based residency. The final collection comprises of ceramics, textiles and jewellery that are complimented by the items from previous editions. All of which you can pick up during your visit to the summer design festival.

Curator:
Alicja Wianecka

Born in 1989 in Gdańsk, Poland, is an industrial designer and design manager. Graduated in Industrial Design at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She designs, runs workshops and oversees projects run using...

Born in 1989 in Gdańsk, Poland, is an industrial designer and design manager. Graduated in Industrial Design at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She designs, runs workshops and oversees projects run using the Design Thinking methodology. She is particularly interested in using design as a tool in business as well as working within interdisciplinary design teams.

She has worked for both local and international clients, including – Vitsoe London, Digital Solutions Italia, Reserved and Malafor. She also curated Manuba 2017 and continues to collaborate with MaradDesign studio in Gdynia.

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MANUBA collection GDD 2018

The third edition of MANUBA project is a continuation of the Pomeranian craftsmanship recovery.

By rule this is a very analogue initiative, appreciating the tangible and direct contact with the substance. The aspect of authenticity, reality and uniqueness is even more visible in the context of this year’s festival keyword “ERROR”.

In this year’s edition we leave the four walls and go out to physically experience the reality. We mindfully observe and touch. We check the smell, texture and structure of the REAL. Moderation becomes out favourite word. We don’t need much. We set off in the OFFLINE mode and take only a few items with us. You may wish to do the same so we might see each, exchange thoughts and experiences. See you at Gdynia Design Days 2018.

We have invited two designers and three craftsmen from Pomerania to wander and create the MANUBA – GDD Collection 2018 with us. Together we will struggle with the matter, search for errors which may be a value, look for solutions and functions needed outside the network and four walls. Let us go then.

Curators:
Witamina D | Małgorzata Knobloch i Igor Wiktorowicz

They founded the design studio and the proprietary brand of Witamina D in 2013. As their brand they produce furniture and other objects designed for home and garden. Their designs are characterized by quality, craftsmanship, local identity, simplicity ...

They founded the design studio and the proprietary brand of Witamina D in 2013. As their brand they produce furniture and other objects designed for home and garden. Their designs are characterized by quality, craftsmanship, local identity, simplicity and timeless forms. Their projects have been presented at many exhibitions at home and abroad. As part of the studio they take on competitions, implement projects for special orders and projects for industry. Their key achievements include: first place in the competition for the urban furniture for Gdansk; an honorable mention in the competition for the radiator inspired by the SLOW theme – Terma Design 2014, a design for the main exhibition of Gdynia Design Days 2015; "Kids Design Space – Urban Jungle" project for Open Mind fundation.

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MANUBA collection GDD 2017

MANUBA – GDD Collection is a series of products created especially for the Gdynia Design Days festival. Each product is the fruit of a designer's collaboration with a craftsman. Apart from the final effect the exchange of experiences between the designer who comes up with a new design idea and a master craftsman is also important.

The first series of MANUBA products was launched in 2016 in the 9th edition of Gdynia Design Days under the curatorial supervision of Paulina and Jacek Ryń.

This year's edition continues the idea of recovering the forgotten crafts, launched last year. Referring to the festival's theme, the 2017 collection is inspired by the landscape of a beach after a storm. When the strong wind rises the waves and turns the tides the sea washes its wealth ashore and in the calm which comes after the storm patterns of sandprints are revealed.

This year we have invited three designers: Stanisław Czarnocki, Natasza Grześkiewicz and Karolina Navus-Wysocka, who had seen the magic created by the storm and combined it with traditional techniques of artistic smithery, upholstery and bee wax craftsmanship. Thanks to their cooperation with craft workshops, every participant of the Gdynia Design Days Festival will be able to take a piece of the Baltic coast back home.

Curator:
Alicja Wianecka

Born in 1989 in Gdańsk, Poland, is an industrial designer and design manager. Graduated in Industrial Design at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She designs, runs workshops and oversees projects run using...

Born in 1989 in Gdańsk, Poland, is an industrial designer and design manager. Graduated in Industrial Design at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts and Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. She designs, runs workshops and oversees projects run using the Design Thinking methodology. She is particularly interested in using design as a tool in business as well as working within interdisciplinary design teams.

She has worked for both local and international clients, including – Vitsoe London, Digital Solutions Italia, Reserved and Malafor. She also curated Manuba 2017 and continues to collaborate with MaradDesign studio in Gdynia.

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MANUBA collection GDD 2016

It is through the contemporarily interpreted crafting methods that the viewers will learn about the centuries-old history of Necel pottery, the achievements of artisans from the southern Kashubian Folk Crafts House in Swornegacie, the craftsmanship and passion with which Leszek Supiński works in his forge in Oliwa or how Bohdan Szczudło combines artistic experience with his knowledge of wood and finally how the knowledge about Pomerania’s hand spinning and weaving is passed along.

Materials such as wood, ceramics, wicker, natural fibers and hand-forged steel – their uniqueness – allows us to move into the analog world, full of history and extraordinary skills of people who create them.

Curators:
Paulina Ryń i Jacek Ryń

Paulina Ryń
She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Gdańsk University of Technology. Since 2008, together with Jacek Ryń she cocreates the Grupa Projektowa Razy2. She has designed and personally creat...

Paulina Ryń
She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism of the Gdańsk University of Technology. Since 2008, together with Jacek Ryń she cocreates the Grupa Projektowa Razy2. She has designed and personally creates the Cocoon lamps shown and sold in many European countries. Since 2011 she has been working with the MS Architects design office where she creates, among others, concepts of residential buildings.
In 2014, together with Jacek Ryń she was the curator and the designer of the exhibition "Smak Przedmiotu" (“Taste of an object”) presenting the achievements of Pomeranian designers. She actively participates in projects of social and urban nature. Curator of the main exhibition of the Gdynia Design Days 2015. Member of the Programme Council of the Gdynia Design Days 2015 and 2016.
She is the creator of the Woolendorf brand that will premiere in 2016.

Jacek Ryń
Graduate of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk where he currently works as an assistant. During his studies he was a scholarship student at the Design Academy Eindhoven. In 2007 he held an internship at Droog in Amsterdam. Since 2008, together with Paulina Ryń he cocreates the Grupa Projektowa Razy2. For 2.5 years he was a designer at Terma. He designs everyday objects, furniture, lighting, elements of public space, as well as rehabilitation equipment. He is the author of many implemented products, including the PLC radiator which won "Dobry Wzór 2014" in home category and "Must Have 2015", he also participated in the creation of the Pictor unit for rehabilitation, which won honorable mention in Polski Produkt Przyszłości (Polish Product of the Future) awarded by PARP. He is a finalist of the "make me! 2011 ", where he won the award from Corian for the project Doodle. Member of the Programme Council of Gdynia Design Days 2015 and 2016. He is also a member of the Scientific Council of the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park Gdynia. He participates in social activities and participatory projects.

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