Krakow In Your Pocket - February - March 2020

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Shop Polish Design The profile of Polish design has risen considerably in recent years as both classical and contemporary Polish designs are receiving international attention. Traditional Polish folk motifs and communist-era designs are finding new life in contemporary contexts, and Polish design firms are spearheading current trends in sustainable design, urban apparel, minimalist decor and more. Here are some of the best places in Kraków to shop and discover Polish design. FORUM DESIGNU This large, spacious showroom for Polish interior design and home accessories is one of the most fashionable places in town. Though some European firms are represented, the emphasis here is on unique local design using sustainable production methods, and the result is an impressive, not-atall petite boutique. An added bonus is the attached Forum Mody fashion showroom, together with which they organise numerous design fairs, workshops and other events.QG‑6, ul. Focha 1 (Hotel Cracovia), tel. (+48) 604 05 64 77, www. forumdesignu.pl. Open 11:00-19:00; Sun 11:00-17:00.

UNIKKE DESIGN & FRIENDS This small gallery presents the jewellery design of local artist Olga Guzik, along with other Polish jewellery designers who share her brand’s basics of functionality, modernity and originality. Unikke Design started in 2012 when Guzik turned her passions for goldsmithery and riflery into her first jewellery line, which combined real bullets with natural stones. Today her work incorporates natural materials with innovative 3D printing techniques to create completely original designs.QJ‑8, ul. Józefa 6, tel. (+48) 506 07 53 58, www.unikkedesign.com. Open 12:00-19:00; Sat 12:00-18:00; Sun 11:00-17:00.

PAN TU NIE STAŁ This family business blossomed out of a blog on Polish communist-era design, typography and cultural artefacts, which soon developed into a design firm manufacturing contemporary hipster apparel inspired by PRL graphics and culture. Trendy and tongue-firmly-in-cheek, choose from shirts, socks and fanny packs with retro iconography, handleless mugs, shoulder bags, photo albums, posters, postcards and more. In terms of local design that is useful, affordable and overtly Polish, it doesn’t get any better.QL‑9, ul. Nadwiślańska 9, tel. (+48) 667 43 26 71, www.pantuniestal.com. Open 11:00-19:00; Sun 11:00-17:00. 116