KRAKÓW: The logic of the local. Norwegian and polish contemporary design

What the Polish and Norwegian Culture have in common? Curators of the exhibition in International Cultural Centre Gallery in Krakow decided to answer this question by design. Nearly 100 works of contemporary designers from Poland and Norway proves that the common notion of both cultures is a locality: learning from the tradition and crafts as well as idea of of sustainable development.

The exhibition presents contemporary design in Poland and Norway, which has become one of the top areas of culture, playing an important role in the foreign promotion of the two countries. One of the main trends in both Polish and Norwegian design is the use of vernacular tradition in the context of techniques and materials, as well as invoking the concept of sustainable development. The exhibition is an attempt at showing mutual Polish‑Norwegian correlations and affinities in design from the last fifteen years. The issue is illustrated by specific works of Polish and Norwegian designers, already awarded and recognized in the world or most recent ones.



Among the designers whose projects will be presented in ICC are: Jan Lutyk, Karina Królak, Joanna Rusin, Jan Godlewski, Paweł Jasiewicz, Agnieszka Czop, studio Malafor, AP Dizajn, Fivetimesone, Kristine Five Melvaer, Anderssen&Voll, Andreas Engesvik, Olle Petter Wullum, Stian Korntvedt Ruud, Vibeke Skar, Ida Noemi.

The display will include Polish exhibits from the Ethnographic Museum in Kraków and Norwegian items from the Sverresborg Trøndelag Folkemuseum, exemplifying traditional crafts – contemporary source of inspiration both in shaping new forms, and in the philosophy and strategy of today’s design.

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Nordenfjeldske Kunstindustrimuseum in Trondheim, which is one of the branches of MIST (Museene i Sør-Trøndelag / Museums of South Trøndelag).


The logic of the local. Norwegian and Polish contemporary design
Curators: dr Monika Rydiger, Solveig Lønmo

ICC Gallery
Rynek Główny 25, Kraków

Exhibition time: 17.12.2016 - 26.03.2017

Gallery opening hours:
from Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The last entrance to the exhibition at 5.30 p.m.

Ticket prices:
regular – 12 PLN, concessionary – 7 PLN, family – 20 PLN
HAPPY HOUR – entrance to the exhibition for just 1 PLN.
Every Tuesday and Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. 

Exhibition guided tour on each Sunday:
12 p.m. - in Polish
4 p.m. - in English

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of lectures, meetings and educational activities the deepening and broadening of its subject matter.

More information, photos and materials:



photo: ICC press materials, form the top: Kristine Five Melvær, Naturpledd, 2015, photo by Per Gunnarsson; Kristine Bjaadal, Sfera, 2016, photo by Lasse FlØde; Małgorzata Knobloch, Igor Wiktorowicz (Witamina D), Stołek ½


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