Design with a sea view


A visual tale of nature and design intersections. Contemporary design from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden.

With Sirens, Subtraction is Addition and Zick Zack! An exhibition about colour and shapes from a philosophical point of view.

An international design exhibition presenting objects created in eight countries connected by the coastline of the Baltic Sea.
The international exhibition Roundabout Baltic showcases achievements of designers from the stretch of the Baltic Sea in a broad cultural and visual context. It is not, however, a review-exhibition, but rather a narrative exhibition, a personal narration of the curator, which portrays the visual connection between the designers, their work and the seaside landscape etched into their creative sensitivity through design, usable and decorative objects. The landscape provides the background for the story: dunes, beach and water, vegetation, rocks and submarine life, different times of day and changing seasons. The products and objects crafted by artisans from Baltic Sea countries are the cornerstone of the multilayered narration of the project.
The Roundabout Baltic exhibition presents works of designers from eight countries: Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Germany, and Sweden; more than 40 authors and more than 70 exhibits altogether. However there is no emphasis on the countries in the way the exhibition is arranged. Quite opposite, concentrating on formal similarities resulting either from local inspirations, choice of material or the production methods, I show analogies in the way creators from the Baltic region think and which are more important / more pronounced than cultural, economic or climatic differences between these countries.

Exhibitions in Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden

Organizer: Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola

Museum of the City of Gdynia,
Design Center Gdynia – the Pomeranian Science and Technology Park,
Form/Design Center,
Estonian Museum of Applied Arts and Design,
Polish Institute in Stockholm – in the frame of Polish Presidency in the Council of the Baltic Sea States.

Co-financed through the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Photos: Jakub Certowicz


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