06 October, 2010

New Folk

I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed recent design trends turning more and more often towards folklore and native craftsmanship traditions. We all begin to honour the beauty of folk patterns, embroidery and handmade lace from all over the world. Traditional craft is a box full of trasure!

New Folk furniture collection designed by Anna Stępkowska is one of the first signs of awakening fascination with polish cultural heritage. Not only the form of individual furniture pieces but also all the decorative elements were inspired by motifs from polish regional craft.

The collection was accompanied by unique art project: a photography series "Borders". Both authors, a photographer Piotr Sikora and an artist Piotr Bondarczyk live and work in New York. And both, of course, are Polish. The idea was conceived by multi-talented Piotr Bondarczyk, a painter, graphic designer, photographer, actor and stylist. The series tell a story about opening Polish society, once closed and homogeneous, now growing from cross-cultural interaction. Beautifully photographed by Piotr Sikora, the intriguing portraits of foreigners in national Polish folk costumes symbolize the unity between the past and the future.


  1. I have seen the photographs at the airport gallery in Warsaw... I was instantly fascinated!

  2. Oh, I love folklore touches put into interior design!
    Thank you for your sweet comment! I wonder whom really got an eye for beauty:)!
    Lovely, lovely sparkling inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. beautiful pictures and colors!!!! I love that 2nd picture best!!!
    I am loving the folklore pictures, you should look into Mario Testino's pictures of Peru, beautiful mix of modern and folklore!

  4. thanks for visiting my blog! i am loving these pictures! they're so colorful!


  5. Świetne zdjęcia i wspaniały pomysł. Cieszę się, że od kilku lat pojawiają się nowe, ciekawe pomysły na wplecenie elementów polskiego folkloru we współczesny design. Polecam Etnodesign Festiwal w Krakowie. Byłam raz, mam nadzieję, że z roku na rok się rozwija.

  6. Great idea and fantastic pictures (I like portfolio of Piotr Sikora very much). This action shows (in a very clever way) changes in Poland.

  7. Mikołaj, the costumes are from all the regions. You can read more here:

  8. Hazel , thanks for your suggestion. Etnodesign festival sounds really great!
    Here is the link:

  9. those designs are beautiful...i hope the trend sticks around :)


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