This year sees the fifth anniversary of make me!, a contest for young designers. On this occasion, the post-contest exhibition will include both designs distinguished in this year’s edition, and the five most interesting offers from each of the contest’s last five editions. This exceptional exhibition is a survey of the design created over the last few years by the young generation of designers. On 18th October, during the opening of the Festival, we will learn who will get the main prize of PLN 20,000 awarded by the jury and funded by the Main Sponsor, Ceramika Paradyż.
The finalists of the 5th make me! contest:
1. Katarzyna Koprowska, Ul Wielkopolski [Wielkopolska Hive] for turning to nature and micro-gardening.
2. Wojciech Drab, Hocki for his appreciation of creativity, simplicity and a green approach.
3. Małgorzata Dziembaj, OVO for her courage to raise a difficult topic and for the well thought-out and meticulously prepared project design.
4. Jan Lutyk, Ribbon for his original approach to a traditional material and for making optimum use of its properties.
5. Alicja Patanowska, Plateboards [Draw, Write & Wipe-Off Plateboards] for the product’s usability and the extraordinary combination of a culinary theme with play.
6. Magdalena Waś, Sofa Szara [A Grey Sofa] for a light construction and the concept’s simplicity, referring to a traditional deckchair but in an elegant version. For the product’s beauty and usability.
For the first time in the history of the contest, the jury panel has found that the entries received this year were not as good as in the previous editions and only six designs deserved to be recognised and showcased in the post-contest exhibition.
‘From the perspective of someone whose job is to analyse trends, I would say personally that I have been a bit disappointed with the level of the submitted design works. In my opinion, the vast majority of them are unlikely to succeed in the marketplace. It looks like young designers have almost lost sight of the basic rule of good design, that is, to meet the user’s specific needs. We must remember that the world in which we live is a ruthless market environment governed by the fundamental law of supply and demand, and designers must follow it,’ says jury member and editor-in-chief of F5 magazine Konrad Jerin.
‘We have decided that only six designs deserve recognition in the form of an exhibition showcasing them. We hope that our critical opinion will motivate prospective participants in the make me! contest to take a bolder and more responsible approach to their participation,’ say jury members Agata Kulik-Pomorska and Paweł Pomorski from Malafor design studio.
Each entry has been carefully evaluated by the jury panel consisting of:
Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka – jury chair, curator, content consultant for Łódź Design Festival,
Gian Luca Amadei – product editor of Blueprint Magazine,
Konrad Jerin – editor-in-chief of F5 magazine,
Agata Kulik-Pomorska and Paweł Pomorski – Malafor,
Małgorzata Żmijska – Łódź Design Festival Programme Director.
The contest was directed at young artists aged between 20 and 30. The main prize of PLN 20,000 as well as awards in the form of study tours and internships create the possibility for development and skills improvement. Awarded works will be showcased during the Festival to give the young designers the opportunity to show their ideas publicly, to establish contacts with companies and to enter the Polish as well as international design markets.
The winners of previous make me! editions:
2008 – Bartosz Mucha (POOR), for Clip
2009 – Paulina Lis, for Soap dish
2010 – Kamila Niedźwiedzka, Nikodem Szpunar, for ‘Mosquito’ floor lamp
2011 – Thibaut Godard, for Porcelain