MENS ET MANUS
The ‘60s and ‘70s were a very difficult time for Polish design and our factories. Poland was cut off from the western world due to the division of spheres of influence – by the so-called Iron Curtain. Acquiring modern technologies, materials or even the exchange of experience was near to impossible. The only way to catch up on this was by turning towards the ancient ideals of mens et manus (Latin: mind and hand). The creativity of designers together with enormous, precise and tedious work of hand had to suffice to produce comfortable and beautiful furniture.
IS THE MOTHER
OF THE INVENTION
Many models created at that time were simply excellent and were ahead of their time in many ways. Using the most common materials and simple tools we managed to produce works of art that were also functional. At that time, they sadly could not be appreciated and some of them have never been presented abroad. The HERITAGE mini-collection shall restore their well-deserved fame. To let you experience the same unprecedented quality again, not only did we organize the production in accordance with original drawings, but also we maintained the same technologies and the same extent of handcraft.
Accurately shaped backrest, meticulous and discreet joinery, and beautiful proportions – this armchair delights with details of its workmanship.
The delicate arches of the seat and back are visually balanced by firmly spaced, straight legs. The upholstered deep seat ensures the highest comfort. Perfect combination of elegance and functionality allows the B-6210 to be used in a multitude of environments such as: restaurants, hotels and customer service points.
A lounge chair peculiar to Polish design of the ‘60s – distinctive external frame and legs and armrests made of turned elements. The back legs that are slightly tilted outwards allow the user to sit more comfortably, whereas the delicate arch of the backrest board wraps around the user’s back. The entire surface of the seat, which is quite wide by modern standards, has been upholstered.
We are not makers of history.
We are made by history.
Past projects entice to treat them as a starting point for further work – a work in finding the beginning of solutions to current problems. Jadwiga Husarska-Sobina faced such a challenge in 2011 when she worked on an adjustment of a famous chair SIG1 A-587, by Marian Sigmund.
Initially, her work was supposed to be a tribute to her master on the occasion of his 100th birthday. Marian Sigmund, sorely missed employee of our factory in Jasienica, was also a co-founder of The Cooperative of Artists – ŁAD. This word has a double meaning in Polish since it grasps the idea of “beautiful”, but explicitly it means “order”.
A graduate and consultant at the Faculty of Industrial Forms of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts. She studied design at the Lahti Institute of Design in Finland and at MOME in Budapest. She designed, among others, for FlooredMedia Co. She cooperated with such companies as IKEA, Nowy Styl Groupe and Paged, Total Fitness Concept, EgzoTech. He deals, among others, with the design of furniture, products for industrial divination and medical equipment. She was awarded by the UNDP the title of “Social Economy Angel” for supporting the development of the WellDone brand. Currently runs Husarska Design Studio with over 65 market implementations in various business branches. Every year, her projects are shown at the largest industry fairs around the world.
SIG 1 A-5870