Józef Marian Chierowski (1927 – 2007)

An eminent interior and furniture designer.

He graduated from the Faculty of Interior Design at PWSSP in Wrocław, where in 1976 he became the Head of the Department of Design. After 1980, he returned to the Department of Interior Design, where he – together with Piotr Karpiński – led the Workshop of Furniture Design. He willingly shared with others his knowledge and experience by teaching hardware and detail design at ASP (the Academy of Fine Arts). He was strongly associated with Dolnośląska Fabryka Mebli (Lower Silesia Furniture Factory) in Świebodzice, where the prototype of the armchair ‘366’, the symbol of the designer’s success, was made.

Józef Chierowski’s works can be admired, among other things, in the National Museum in Warsaw.

Rajmund Teofil Hałas (1925 – 2008)

A fine artist, architect, designer, educationalist. 

He came from a family with a long tradition in the field of carpentry craft. Rajmund Teofil Hałas already at the age of 14 took a job at the factory founded by his father. After World War II he graduated from Gimnazjum Stolarsko-Rzeźbiarskie (Middle School of Carpentry and Sculpture) and passed a master carpenter exam in Wrocław. In 1951 he began his education at PWSSP in Poznań at the Department of Interior Design and he graduated in 1957. After graduation, he joined the furniture industry. Over the period from 1956 to 1969 he headed the Studio of Furniture Design in The Union for the Furniture Industry in Poznań. At the same time, he worked as an artistic director at the Cooperative ‘Sculpture and Artistic Carpentry”’ in Poznań (1957-1967). In 1960 he established the group ‘Koło’ (‘Circle’) along with Czesław Kowalski, Leonard Kuczma and Janusz Różanski. This group initiated efforts to organize Biennale Mebla (Furniture Biennale) in Poznań.

From 1964 to 1965 he was an assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and he worked as an exhibitioner at the Institute of Industrial Arts in Helsinki (Finland), and then studied in the UK. Experience gained in the West helped him to establish the Department of Industrial Design at PWSSP in Poznań (1971). He was also a professor of fine arts at PWSSP in Poznań. He educated students at three workshops in the Department of Design, he was a professor of the history of architecture and design. In 2005 he was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland. On the initiative of Marek Hałas, professor’s nephew, in a former furniture factory owned by his grandfather Teofil in Krobia, Muzeum Stolarstwa i Biskupizny (the Museum of Carpentry and Biskupizna) under the aegis of Rajmund Teofil Hałas was opened.

In 2013 nowymodel.org, an organization engaged in the production and distribution of a limited series of works of Polish designers discovered in the collection of Hałas family prototypes of never produced shelves of varying heights that had been designed as far back as 1959(!) and a group of chairs: red-white-black and implemented them into production. For the first time these furniture models were presented at the Great Poland Tradition of Furniture Design exhibition at the WAWA Design Festival in September 2013.

Hanna Lis

A Polish designer, artist.

She cooperated with Bystrzycka Fabryka Mebli (Bystrzyca Furniture Factory) in Bystrzyca Kłodzka, Świdnica Centre for the Furniture Industry in Świdnica, and with the Department of Bentwood Furniture in Radomsko. She created in the 1970s. The most recognizable work of Hanna Lis is an armchair type 300-190.

Zbigniew Horbowy (born in 1935 in Łanczyn)

A fine artist involved in industrial design, unique and utility glass, a professor at the Department of Ceramics and Glass and the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. He is considered the top Polish designer of utility glass and a founder of his own school of design.

Zbigniew Horbowy as one of the first Polish artists departed from traditional patterns and gave way to a new way of thinking in the field of glass art. His designs are based on a simple construction, economy of form, colours saving and cool, objective line. Many people consider him to be a reformer of Polish design and the first ‘genuine designer in Poland. In the 1960s and 1970s Horbowy’s glasses were searched for at stores, which during the communist period was a unique phenomenon.

His achievements are impressive, over 30 solo exhibitions can be enumerated: Wrocław in 1961, Warsaw 1966, Sofia, Budapest and Vienna in 1968, Malbork 1970, Berlin and Dresden in 1971, Wrocław, Hradec Králové and Pardubice in 1972, Kłodzk 1973, Poznań and Wrocław in 1975, Bremerhaven in 1978, Poznań in 1980, Wrocław 1986 Kłodzk 1987. He has participated in over 80 collective exhibitions, from which the most important are: Wrocław 1960, Cracow and Liege in 1963, Berlin, Prague, Budapest, Belgrade, Sofia and Vienna between 1962-1963, Warsaw and Hanover 1964, Paris and Stockholm in 1967 and Warsaw in 1969, Berlin in 1972, Jablonec in 1973, Duisburg, Vienna, Prague, Erfurt and Wrocław in 1974 Kłodzk in 1976, Katowice and Dresden in 1979, Wrocław in 1980, Stockholm Mariańskie Łaźnie, Moscow and Sofia, 1988, Düsseldorf 1989 Rühimäki 1996.

Works by Zbigniew Horbowy can be found, among others, in the Museum of  Kłodzko Land in Kłodzk, in the Wałbrzych Art Gallery BWA ‘Książ Castle’ in Wałbrzych, in the Gallery of Ceramics or Glass BWA in Wrocław, on the wall of the Wrocław Philharmonic building – spatial composition designed together with Katarzyna Karpińska. The professor undertook design and implementation of major architectural forms in the glass. One of them can be seen in the St. Hedwig’s Church in Częstochowa. He also created spatial compositions in the Film Studio in Wrocław.

M. Pochała

A Polish fine artist.

He cooperated with the Bystrzycka Furniture Factory in Bystrzyca Kłodzka. He created in the 1960s. His most famous work was an armchair type 300-137b from 1962.

Bogumił Gala (born in 1975 in Łowicz)

A designer, artist, founder of Gala-eria. His company has been dealing with renovation and sale of furniture since 2012.

Bogumił Gala was the originator of Poland’s first auction of European design, organized by one of the most respected auction houses in Poland, and in the world, called REMPEX. The main goal of the artist was to restore the splendour of projects from the 50s, 60s and 70s and the antiques.

Currently, he is launching a series of furniture ‘GBPOWER NEW LIFE”’. All the furniture from this series are signed with this name and are given a unique number. Signature colours (blue, yellow, green) represent ‘a new life of furniture’, the strength of the sky, the sun and the earth.

Among his works one can find armchairs upholstered with natural sheepskin, which was synonymous with luxury in the communist era.