ECO Solidarity at ICFF + WantedDesign Manhattan 2021
May 16-18: CLOSEUP Trade Show
June 15-August 15: Online exhibition at WantedDesignnyc.com
Polish Cultural Institute New York is proud to present ECO Solidarity program at WantedDesign Manhattan and ICFF Virtual Trade Show as well as an online exhibition at WantedDesignnyc.com.
ECO Solidarity initiated by the Polish Cultural Institute New York and Tomek Rygalik is an initiative and a movement which addresses the urgency for a more human-centered design in response to the humanitarian and public health crises, focusing on ecology, climate change, public health and well-being in public spaces, and the role of the economy, the key objectives of Green New Deal, through interior and product design, and special planning. ECO Solidarity brings together designers and field experts nominated by eight participating European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) institutions: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Wallonie-Bruxelles International New York, The Czech Center, Goethe Institute New York, Arts Council Malta in New York, Polish Cultural Institute New York, and Romanian Cultural Institute New York.
ECO Solidarity brings to attention sustainable contemporary design solutions and places special importance on bringing unity to the fractured social fabric.
The virtual trade show CLOSEUP will include designers’ product launch, brands and projects presentations followed by a panel discussion, all in two 45 min session between May 16-18, 2021. The online exhibition at WantedDesignnyc.com curated by Odile Hainaut, in consultation with the Advisory Committee comprised from academic field experts nominated by each participating institution, will take place between June 15-August 15, 2021.
Polish Cultural Institute New York announces two members of the ECO Solidarity Advisory Committee who will select designers for the project from each participating institution’s nominations:
Tomek Rygalik a designer and educator, creator of Studio Rygalik, and Circula.org, created in response to ECO Solidarity principles. Rygalik represents a sensible, holistic approach towards design, and who had been involved in ECO Solidarity since its foundation and took part in the last year’s WantedDesign + ICFF CLOSE UP. His design work is focused on sustainability, responsible consumption of material goods and the resources of our planet. Rygalik develops a wide variety of comprehensive projects. The focus is on furniture, products and spaces. The scope is wide – from design, development and implementation of new products, through interior design of public and commercial spaces, to site-specific installations, design & build and production of limited editions, as well as objects, dining experiences and workshops. He remains on the fringe of distinctly commercial activities, while engaging in cultural practices and building its experimental identity.
Ewa Bińczyk works at the Department of Practical Philosophy in the Institute of Philosophy at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, a contemporary philosopher who specializes in environmental philosophy and controversies in science. Her research interests include philosophy of science, sociology of scientific knowledge, environmental ethics and philosophy, and technology studies (STS). She is the author of (among others): The Epoch of Man. The Rhetoric and Lethargy of the Anthropocene (2018), Modeling Technoscience and Nanotechnology Assessment. Bińczyk has been awarded scholarship grants from the Foundation for Polish Science (2005) and The Fulbright Foundation (2006-2007), as well as the “Zostańcie z nami” scholarship of Polityka weekly (2010). She has published articles in The Anthropocene Review, Constructivist Foundations, The International Journal of Social Economics and a number of leading Polish periodicals.
Our designers nominations for ECO Solidarity:
Agata Miryn- Sienkiewicz is an educator and facilitator of circular economy in business and design using creative working methods. Agata is the founder of The Next Good Thing, a company with a mission to promote and facilitate implementation of circular economy principles in business and design strategies in Poland. Next Good Thing focuses on changing mindsets at the same time providing strategic tools helping to implement those new models. Conducts workshops for companies, organizations and universities. It addresses two groups: 1 – designers and design students and 2- strategy managers, innovation managers, CSR managers and specialists.
Paulina Grabowska NASDRA investigates the possibilities of the circular urban farming methods, where functional foods are grown. Her main objectives are to use the least resources; re-use all of the byproducts of the process; cultivation of organic foods that have an impact on our mood, cognition, and health. The company NASDRA has a mission to promote and facilitate implementation of circular economy principles in business and design strategies in Poland. Paulina focuses her work on changing mindsets and at the same time providing strategic tools helping to implement those new models.
Images of Home of Future (Dom Jutra) project in partnership with IKEA © Home of Future (Dom Jutra) by Paulina Grabowska. Courtesy of Paulina Grabowska and IKEA.
EUNIC European Union National Institutes for Culture
European Union National Institutes for Culture – is the European network of organizations engaging in cultural relations. Together with our partners, we bring to life European cultural collaboration in more than 90 countries worldwide with a network of over 120 clusters, drawing on the broad experience of our members from all EU Member States and associate countries.
WantedDesign founded in 2011 by Odile Hainaut and Claire Pijoulat, is a platform dedicated to promoting design and fostering the local and international creative community throughout the year. Its two marquee events are held in New York during NYCxDESIGN.
The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is where designers, retailers, developers, and architects converge to exchange inspiration and ignite a competitive drive for contemporary residential and commercial interiors. With a selection of both established and emerging designers, the ICFF delivers a selection of the globe’s finest, most creative, individual and original avant-garde products showcased in one venue. Exhibitors from 36 countries come to the ICFF each year to showcase the newest frontier of high-end, contemporary interiors.
ECO Solidarity initiated by Polish Cultural Institute New York and Tomek Rygalik at Studio Rygalik, in collaboration with WantedDesign Manhattan, and in partnership with the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) organizations: Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Delegation of the Government of Flanders to the USA, Wallonie-Bruxelles International New York, The Czech Center, Goethe Institute New York, Arts Council Malta in New York, and Romanian Cultural Institute New York.
More information: CLOSEUP 2021: www.closeup.design
ECO Solidarity 2020
Tomek Rygalik presenting Circula at CLOSEUP 2020