5 Poznań design. Contemporary view
This article describes the changes in Poznań industrial design between the 1990s and contemporary times. In the last decade of the 20th century, when the economy was changing and factories being built from scratch, designers found no employment in industry. As much as in the 1980s, their activity focussed on products bordering on design and art, and was strongly affected by the modernist approach. Apparent in architecture, this phenomenon was also noticeable in industrial design, especially in reference to unique objects. After the year 2000, when the industry had set, the new generation of designers started collaborating with production. Traditionally, the Poznań circles have been connected with furniture making. Globalization and easily accessible work abroad allow the youngest generation of Polish designers to enter the international markets. The country’s good economic condition facilitates the development of industrial design, especially in such centers of production as The Greater Poland region and Poznań. This trend is reflected in education, competitions, reviews, exhibitions and foundation of cultural institutions promoting design.
Keywords: Poznań industrial design, Poznań designers, 1990s industrial design, design after 2000, contemporary design