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.