If we’re honest we’re not entirely sure where or when we first saw the work of Gosia & Tomek Rygalik a.k.a Studio Rygalik, but it was certainly before their near legendary Baguette Table project at Vienna Design Week 2011 – yes, tables made from bread – and long before they shot their delightful short film celebrating 20 years of the Vitra Design Museum miniatures collection.
What we are sure about is that the logical, uncomplicated nature of the products they create, the pairs commitment to quality handwork and the immediateness of their furniture means that Studio Rygalik’s work has long entertained and fascinated us in equal measure. And it has been a real joy to observe and follow the studio’s development.
In context of Berlin Design Week 2014 the Polnisches Institut Berlin is hosting the first ever German showcase of the Studio Rygalik canon. Under the title Show Room the exhibition presents examples of the pair’s work for manufacturers including Moroso, Paged and Comforty in addition to objects still in development and videos presenting examples of their non-product design work.
Much like Studio Rygalik’s work the exhibition doesn’t do anything especially clever, but then it doesn’t aim to. All it wants to do is introduce the work of Studio Rygalik. And that it does very well.
For the exhibition’s Finissage on May 30th Gosia & Tomek Rygalik will be present and have organised a special food based event for the evening celebrating the ritual of eating. An event that, with all probability, won’t feature tables made from dry bread. Sadly
Studio Rygalik Show Room can be viewed at the Polnisches Institut Berlin, Burgstraße 27, 10178 Berlin until May 30th.
A few impressions.