Polska Design Programme

Since its founding, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute has implemented projects aimed at presenting Polish design in the international arena. Since 2012, a broad presentation of Polish design has been one of the main operational priorities of the Institute. Design serves as a platform for presenting contemporary Polish culture and the promotion of Polish creativity and innovativeness. To build and strengthen the renown of Polish design in the international sphere, the Polska Design Programme continuously works with leading Polish designers and curators, and organises exhibitions of Polish design at the sector’s most important international events. In 2014 the Institute also ran the Let’s Exhibit programme, which supports young Polish designers so that they can present their work at fairs and festivals around the world. Thanks to this project, the Institute has made it possible for young designers on the threshold of their careers to begin working on an international scale.

The key to the success of the Polska Design Programme is working with partners, such as Ventura Lambrate, London Design Festival, Maison&Objet, Inno Design Tech Expo, Istanbul Design Biennial, International Furniture Fair Singapore, WantedDesign, Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair, Dutch Design Week, La Triennale di Milano and the London Design Biennale.

In past years, numerous projects in the area of design have been implemented, including the exhibition Polish Job during Milan Design Week; a broad exhibition of Polish graphic design, Inside Out, during WantedDesign; the Polska In Between exhibition during the 2nd Istanbul Design Biennial; and the Art Food and Obserwatorium workshops for designers. Since 2011 the Institute has published a series of books on Polish design, including Out of the Ordinary (2011), Polish Design Uncut (2013) and the award-winning VeryGraphic: Polish Designers of the 20th Century (2015).

Starting in 2017 the Polska Design Programme will develop projects in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe; its presence will be strengthened in the countries of the Baltic Sea region (including collaboration between Polish and Swedish designers), Brazil (including a continuation of the exhibition Design Dialogue: Poland – Brasil) and Asia (including presentation of Polish design in the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul). Additionally, the presentation of Polish designers will continue at the most important international fair and festival events, such as the London Design Festival and Dutch Design Week.

Alongside the projects aimed at presenting the accomplishments of contemporary Polish designers, initiatives connected with the Independent Programme will be developed, showcasing the history of Polish design.

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Maria Ostrowska

(acting) Polska Design Programme manager

phone: +48 22 44 76 184


  • 17May'18 - 30Sep'18
    Production of 'Human Trace' tableware, Polskie Fabryki Porcelany Ćmielów i Chodzież S.A., photo: Arkadiusz Szwed

    Human Trace: People From The Porcelain Factory Goes To Ljubljana

    Taking a closer look at the human side of the porcelain production process. The People From The Porcelain Factory exhibition will be on display at the International Ceramics Triennial UNICUM 2018 in Ljubljana.   More #design
  • 09May'18 - 28May'18

    Steps Ahead: Contemporary Design from Poland & Hungary

    The Steps Ahead exhibition at the FUGA Budapest Centre of Architecture will present the dynamic development of contemporary design in Poland & Hungary after the year 2000. More #design
  • 18May'18 - 27May'18

    The ABCs of Polish Design at Romanian Design Week

    One hundred years – one hundred Polish designs. During Romanian Design Week in Bucharest, The ABCs of Polish Design exhibition will present some of the most important Polish designs of the past century. More #design
  • Surplus, photo: press materials

    Let’s Exhibit! Polish Designers Travel the World 2018

    Thanks to the Let’s Exhibit programme, young, up-and-coming Polish designers will have the opportunity to present their work at some of the most important trade events around the globe. How far will they go this year? More #design
  • 25Apr'18 - 01May'18
    Book Worms: Insects in Polish Illustration for Children, photo: AMI

    Bookworms: Polish Insects Go To Abu Dhabi

    Poland will be the honorary guest at the 27th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This year’s attendees will have the opportunity to see a unique exhibition for kids – Book Worms: Insects in Polish Illustration for Children. More #design

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Published at: 2014.02.18 12:11
Updated at: 2017.09.07 19:11
Author: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza
Written by: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza