After five years, Lithuanian design exhibition DESIGN LITHUANIA comes back to Nordic Countries Festival “Les Boreales”. This year the exhibition presents more than 40 recent Lithuanian designers and design studios works – ceramics, fashion accessories, interior elements, furniture, lighting and other objects.
Date: November 16 – December 22, 2018
Venue: L’Artothèque, Espaces d’art contemporain, Palais Ducal, Impasse Duc Rollon, 14 000 Caen
Opening evening: November 16, 6 p.m.
Visiting hours: Tuesday – Sunday 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
The exhibition cycle DESIGN LITHUANIA each year showcases the finest of Lithuanian design throughout Europe, and even a bit further. Exhibitions have been showcased abroad on 18 occasions already, including such cities as Berlin, London, Budapest, Jerusalem or Paris. The aim of the project is to present Lithuanian design and represent our country at Europe’s most important design events.
This project reveals the deep connection between designers, their works and the Lithuanian landscape, and so focuses on several specific topics. Nature, cuisine, folk tales and traditional materials – these features of Lithuania’s natural and mental landscapes are closely linked in the designers’ works.
The project has been organised since 2012 by the Lithuanian Design Forum.
Project partners: Lithuanian State Department of Tourism, Embassy of Lithuania in France, Lithuanian Culture
Institute, Lithuanian council for culture.
Participants of the exhibition:
Designer: Dalius Razauskas
The Multifunctional Pill works really well in any remedy against clutter and messy environments. It’s a round cabinet that can be fixed to a wall and instantly transformed into a fully functional workplace, dressing table, even a bar. Attach it at standard table height, a bit higher or a bit lower – it’s up to you. The shelving system inside is designed to allow the user to easily change and adapt it, as it can hold a laptop, files, catalogues, books or any other personal items. It also comes equipped with sockets and the option of integrating LED lights.
Designer: Barbora Adamonytė – Keidūnė
Created during the dark Lithuanian winters comes SUNrise/SUNset, a lamp that puts the sun’s colours into the palm of your hand. The winner of the international exhibition Furniture 2012 in Vilnius and the Red Dot Design Concept Award in 2014, this interactive object gives its user the possibility of choosing the right colour palette to suit the desired mood effect according to the moment or one’s personal preference, by gently sliding the light source over the coloured panel. It brings the vibrant and refreshing coolness of bright mornings to your office or the warmth of cosy evenings to your living room.
Naïve Low Chair
Being youngest member of the Naïve family, Naïve Low Chair introduces itself with a bright yet mature and subtle look. Its main visual characteristic is a large leather strap that holds the backrest attached to the body. A firm connection between wood, leather and textile serves its function and makes it visually distinctive. After a long day, Naïve Low looks very inviting for a cup of coffee or tea, a relaxing read or a little adventure while watching a movie. It is a companion that values your time and sitting quality, so Naïve Low is a chair to live with. Like the other pieces in this family it features a body that can be easily unscrewed and flat-packed. It is composed of long-lasting natural materials and suits organically every background.
kARTu handbag collection
Born in Lithuania, kARTu is a Nordic-designed leather handbag brand that introduces a minimalist alternative to natural leather accessories. We metaphorically call every kARTu handbag by the name of a different spice as each one has a different taste, story and personality. kARTu’s main values are quality, durability and functionality, which are then proportioned with modern design yet contemporary trends. Exhibited models are chosen on purpose to reflect the authenticity and identity of the brand. kARTu handbags tend to stand out because of their unusual silhouettes, various wearing possibilities and exceptional attention to detail. Models differ but have a few features in common, such as their uniqueness, modern attributes and playful shapes and forms. kARTu is a socially responsible brand; we care about the environment and its natural materials, which are used up to 100% during the creative process. We aim to raise awareness about responsible fashion and environmentally friendly choices.
Designer: Agota Rimšaitė
Panama Banana is a handmade design piece that follows the philosophy of active relaxation. It is a combination of passive relaxation and sport, which is why it has two functions – it could be used as a hammock and as a goal for a game of football. To change the functions is very easy – you just need to turn it 90 degrees. Another useful function is easy assembly – when you don’t need it anymore just take out the supports and it folds flat and doesn’t take up much space. The design was inspired by the smooth shapes of iconic seaside objects such as a surfing board and a ship. That’s why it integrates so well with the natural beach environment. It is made with water-resistant plywood and polyester ropes.
Ignorance Is Bliss
Designer: Agnė Kučerenkaitė
Ignorance is Bliss is an ongoing project for reincorporating the value of metal waste from industries such as water treatment and soil remediation into valuable new products and methods. Metals, unfortunately, are a non-renewable resource and metal mining affects the air, the water quality and many lifeforms. Agnė Kučerenkaitė experimented with various techniques to find the use of this waste product by conducting a broad material research, which showed great potential for colouring ceramic glazes. The collection consists of elegant porcelain tableware and ceramic interior wall tiles, which are the representation of small and large-scale applications of metal waste. The colours are the result of pure pigments extracted from metal pollution. In this project, surprisingly, the more contaminated the raw material, the more vibrant the designed objects are. The goal is to challenge the current industrial colour mass-manufacture and benefit the environment.
Remember your childhood days, how hard it was to sit still? How you wanted to fidget, wiggle and sway? How you had to stand down and ‘learn’ to stay put? Well, the grown-ups were wrong – fidgeting is good for you! You know what that means? You have some unlearning to do! Muista is a unique 2-in-1 chair that lets YOU decide how you want it: sit still or fidget, sway or wiggle both by sitting saddle-like or bench-like on the Muista chair. If you get tired from saddle sitting, just switch to bench. Feeling stiff? Have some fidgeting impulses to release? Activate different muscle groups by rocking forwards (saddle) or swinging sideways (bench). Materials: plywood, PU foam, wool+synthetic fabric.
CURVE bar chair
Designer: Justinas Žlioba
Vilnius Academy of Arts
The curved shapes of this chair are inspired by dynamic and light forms from nature, which contrast with such materials as steel. A thin, folded sheet of tough metal combined with soft ash tree creates the solid design of the Curve bar chair. This carefully built seat is highly durable and most of its design features are based on the designer’s experience of working in a bar. The heavy metal seat and non-existence of any handles is not a coincidence. These decisions were made bearing in mind that late in the evening people in bars tend to move various objects around or even take them away. So Curve is light enough to be moved to another place but too heavy to carry over a long distance.
Sweater from /’ga:rbidž/ Collection
Designer: Adelė Burokaitė
Vilnius Academy of Arts
This item is a part of a mini-collection that took its inspiration from working at a fast-fashion store and seeing a vast number of discarded bags. These bags eventually became far more inspirational than the clothes themselves from the same store. This led me to think about the issue of sustainability that still prevails in fast fashion, and a hierarchy of worth between items with and without a price tag. From this was born the idea of creating a collection using unnecessary shopping bags instead of traditional fabrics, transforming them and thereby increasing their value and giving them a second life. The jumper has a large, restricted silhouette that is designed to create an image of a person who looks like he is packed in a shopping bag. A camouflage motif is formed out of unnecessary bags in order to touch on the topic of assimilation and also reflect environmental issues that occur in fast fashion.
The Concrete City | Kaunas
Designer: Gerda Liudvinavičiūtė
Architect: Ligita Ažukaitė Lileikė
T H E C O N C R E T E C I T Y | K A U N A S invites you to take a fresh look at Kaunas’ architecture and discover connections with yourself, to sense the impetus of the city and feel the synthesis of space and human experiences brought together in detail. How did perceptions of the city develop? What is the meaning of modernism today? This multifarious identity consistently inspires us to see things in different roles, and this collection shapes a room for thought, where human, nationality and history converge. Once it was prophesied that the great glory for Kaunas and Laisvės alėja (Liberty Boulevard) could be compared to Hollywood. There are many stories, but the truth is that Kaunas today can be proud of its unique identity – and its modern interwar architecture. It’s a sign that Europe begins in Kaunas.
Urban Landscape rug
Designer: Marija Puipaitė
We’re used to flat carpets and graphic objects. Contrary to this traditional point of view, the designer Marija Puipaitė has created an Urban Landscape carpet inspired by Ecolinum technical samples, showing the broad possibilities for different lengths, densities and colours. Changing the scale of the former samples has turned this carpet into an object of wonder, resembling an architectural creation. The Urban Landscape carpet plays quietly with different shades of grey. The gradient is highlighted with a gradually changing length of threads. The difference in height offers an additional tactile experience. The subtle mixture of different coloured threads gives a rich depth and the surface of the carpet resembles an organic stone texture.
Designer: Austėja Šeputė
The issue of organ donation is often seen as unpleasant, as it is related to the death and integrity of the body. The vulnerability and mortality of our body is driven out of our everyday environment. This creative project is inspired by the stages of the donation process: the waiting (the request of the object, symbolizing the recipient), the dilemma (as a human trace, an object no longer symbolizing the dead) and the receiving (as a gift, the moment of giving, symbolizing our loved ones). There are two opposites: positive and negative, the solution and ignorance of the waiting and the dead, of death and birth. In this creative work – the exhibition – the designer seeks to promote an altruistic approach to organ donation and effective discussion in different communities with visual communication tools and participant interactions. To achieve this, a special occasion and acceptable impulse for an individual is created to start a conversation, to formulate and express an opinion on donation after one’s death.
Designer: Evelina Kudabaitė
Giria is a homeware collection balancing between tactility, shape and colour. The project aims to pass the sensations of the forest through to materials to establish a connection between user and object. This collection is the result of an experimental process by which it was meant to show how materials destined to become waste – tree bark and leaves – can be transformed into sustainable design through traditional crafts.
It is research on alternative and unconventional ways to shape wood, which resembles a culinary process. During the research, a recipe for a unique material that consists of harmless organic substances was found.
Designer: Evelina Kudabaitė
This is a collection of home accessories – mirrors and candle holders – created using unique waste materials taken from a collapsed building. The main details of these objects are gypsum-like pieces that were used to decorate ceilings at the beginning of the 20th century. They have now been transformed into new objects. Every piece is unique through its cross-section and surface that have changed over the years. It’s a collection where the 20th and 21st centuries blend into new objects, connecting past, present and hopefully future.
Designer: Gabrielė Ugnė Petrauskaitė
The main project idea here is based on the close relationship between children and their grandparents. The project, communicating this affectionate connection, took the form of a scarf with narratives of Lithuanian fairy tales that are rich in mystic symbols, objects and natural motifs. With the help of augmented reality, static illustrations joined with motion graphics to revive them and expand the perception of vision. These animations extend the narrative of a fairy tale, marking its main events. Natural sounds and animation trigger visual and sonic perception at the same time. This idea resulted in an exceptional product merging educational, aesthetic and functional features.
Designer: Simonas Tarvydas / INDI
The monumental Plise lamp is a contemporary version of a classic model. Special recycled paper technology was used to create the mass of the lamp. The unique texture forms an industrial monolith, stone or cement impression. Plise, like most other designs by Simonas Tarvydas, is one of the most conspicuous examples of circular design. Local, secondary and recycled raw materials are used to create this design and very small amounts of energy and natural resources are used in the production. At the end of its life, the lamp can be easily recycled. That way, the environment isn’t harmed and responsible consumption is prompted. Plise was awarded in the National Design competition. Dimensions: 63x63x51. Material: REPAPER (recycled paper).
The Golden Strainer illustration scarves
Design: Indigo Textile design and art studio (Milita Balcaityte and Elze Sakalinskaite)
The design for these scarves was inspired by the vividly colourful geometric illustrations of Birutė Žilytė for the Janis Rainis children’s book The Golden Strainer (Vilnius: Vaga, 1967). At the time, this book was one of the most innovative publications around. Bright colours and their combinations came from the artist’s childhood memories of flowering meadows, beloved people and places, encounters with nature and poetry. In 1969, for these illustrations, the artists won the main award at the Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, the Golden Apple. The idea for the scarves was realized in collaboration with Design Foundation.
Designer: Justina Semčenkaitė
Girl Power is a creative wo(men)’s clothing collection and manifesto, inspired by standards of beauty and the influence of the mass media. Teenage girls are affected by images they see on TV or on the Internet and due to perceptions of social approval they reject their natural body image. That prevents them growing up as individual personalities. Inspired by beauty, fashion and myself, I create clothing that employs humour to help understand the problem. The collection consists of garments that can either be wearable or represented as a piece of art, and each has its own meanings.
Razz bean bag
Designer: Pušku Pušku
Razz is a triangular bean bag designed for feeling special comfort. A soft piece of furniture, it is designed with a backrest; the granules inside it adapt to the body shape, so it’s especially suitable for easy lounging. This handmade sitting-bag is equipped with an additional handle inside, so it’s convenient to carry to different parts of the home. The material for the deer-image design is especially soft and pleasant to touch. This tapestry is exclusive because of its Scandinavian motifs, which symbolize the biggest celebrations of the year.
Designer: Rasa Balaišė
If we want to be amazed, we don’t need things that are supernatural – nature is super enough as it is. Just take a glance at the morning or evening dew beautifully shaping on the various faces of plants. Inspired by such dewdrops, designer Rasa Balaišė has created a mirror named Dew, which is a chic tribute to the phenomenon’s reflective yet aesthetic qualities. Available in three sizes, Dew can be bronze, dark grey or classical, without colour. It also has its own four little ‘droplets’ acting as functional details: you can place these bubble-shaped glass accessories on the lower surface – they’re able to hold light jewellery, at the same time matching any chosen colour scheme. Just like real dewdrops, the mirror contains both an otherworldly charm and crystal clear functionality. And, just like dew, it freshens things up as well as carries a touch of mystery. So even though it hosts a powerful story of its own, Dew is perfect to fill with your own stylish rituals.
Modern Stroke rug
Designer: Milena Grigaitienė
The artist Milena Grigaitienė in partnership with the manufacturer Ecolinum represents high-quality exclusive linen handmade rugs with a long creative story – art in different way. It’s a gentle correlation between old crafts and modern design. Let art meet you, and grow old with you! The many-layered process of creating seems magical when Milena uses traditional graphic art techniques (drypoint) together with old photo-art techniques (cyanotype). It enables her to draw blue into graphics, and it also creates a feeling of freedom and easiness. Size: 220×160 cm.
Designer: Marija Ščerbakovaitė
Exhibit is conceptual furniture offering an innovative solution for museums. It provides the opportunity to exhibit aesthetically valuable pieces of furniture that are still awaiting restoration. There are many such pieces of furniture in the museum vaults, but due to a lack of skilled craftsmen most will never reach the exhibition halls and visitors will never see these unique pieces of furniture or fragments of décor. Modern technology has allowed for the creation of conceptual furniture to help museums exhibit pieces of furniture of historical and artistic value. The metal frame replicating the furniture’s proportions can be equipped with 3D scanned and printed pieces of furniture. The created furniture facilitates the work of the restorers. It helps to adapt museum spaces for modern displays and it helps visitors to see fragments of valuable furniture with their former appearance restored.
Designer: Vita Vaitiekūnaitė
This collection of dishes has been made using an exclusively natural Lithuanian ceramic technique. A very special effect is possible when hot ceramics are soaked in bread leaven, which makes a dish very solid and paints it in different textures and shades. These special dishes are not just regular objects – they also stand for values shared by traditional crafts in a modern context.
Designer: Barbora Adamonytė-Keidūnė
A drawing was created from shadows falling from chairs, a table and a zucchini.
The Hello!Moon handmade knitted beanie hat with a reflective pom-pom reveals its mystery at twilight. The pom-pom is full of light-reflecting threads, so it shines every time it catches the light in the dark. In daytime this function can be summoned by taking a picture in flash mode.
My Writing Desk
Designer: Inesa Malafej
A writing desk, designed for working people. For creative people. People who know the value of efficient work. While developing the idea of My Writing Desk (MWD), designer Inesa Malafej had a clear goal – to reduce the chaotic clutter that creative work brings to the table. The result is a desk that has its storage space organized around the table-top, where objects are always in sight and easily accessible. This extends the desktop beyond its edges without the worry that things might fall down. Furthermore, any unnecessary objects can simply be pushed to the sides, for storage. The high edges of the desk isolate it in the room and create a positive microclimate where things ‘feel good’ in relation to the user. The wings are divided, leaving space for electrical wires. MWD features two drawers, to store a laptop and other working tools. The legs of the table can be twisted off for easier transportation. For smaller, cozier spaces, a one-drawer version was also created. MWD is Inesa’s graduation project from the Vilnius Academy of Arts.
The WHYNOT! design team created the Lietuva carpet after being inspired by Lithuanian identity – its ancient traditions, colours, clothing and handicrafts. One of the unique craft elements is a colourful woven stripe that was once used in national costumes. Different yarns are interwoven together and create geometric patterns, while stylized flowers end in elegant colour combinations. In the carpet, these artistic signs are used next to contemporary linen craftwork, bringing together a touch of the Lithuanian spirit. Lietuva is available in different colours that define Lithuanian nature: the blues of the lakes and winter frost; light greys reflecting the sky; the greens of its forests contrasting with wild sand dunes. A true reflection of Lithuania.
Designers: Marija Puipaitė & Vytautas Gečas
One of us had a fantasy about an object that could bring womb-like pleasure, meaning – the ultimate satisfaction that a material environment can give. We merged our two design practices into one object taking this fantasy as a starting point. Such an abstract mode of thinking, we found, allows to erase what we know about domestic objects and opens up the possibility for re-thinking and re-creating them. The same way that the mind gives a clear body to the fantasy by restraining, the construction defines and forms a fluid shape into an ergonomic entity.
Zero waste | Experimental packaging
Designer: Austėja Platūkytė
While working on this project, I followed a Zero Waste philosophy and sought to shed light on the increasingly prevalent problem of environmental pollution. This project is a result of experimental practice that was aimed at finding a substitute for synthetic plastics using only natural resources, which would later form a new cycle of nature. I tested a number of natural materials as well as their mixtures before I came up with the most suitable solution – biodegradable algae-based material. This new material perfectly holds its shape, is waterproof, and protects the product against possible damage. Made of only two natural ingredients, the material is wholly organic and compostable. After the product is consumed, the packaging can simply be composted or used as fertiliser. Even if the packaging is discarded as waste, due to natural processes and micro-organisms it will again become a part of nature, forming new layers of chalk, and will cause no harm to the environment or other forms of life.
The Pine Needle
Designer: Barbora Adamonytė-Keidūnė
The Pine Needle wooden salad serving spoons are functional and decorative kitchen utensils. One of the spoons is in the shape of a stylised pine needle. A simple design inspired by nature, natural materials and pastel colours gives them a warm feeling.
Materials: wood, ecolabel-certified paint, impregnated with linseed oil. Food safety. Size, length: 30 cm, width: 8 cm.
Designer: Žilvinas Stankevičius
An ecological kaleidoscope placed within a natural branch from a hazel tree and filled with tiny pieces of amber. Made by hand, without removing the bark and without using any paints or impregnation materials. Because of the usage of plastic mirrors, the product is light and safe to use. The kaleidoscope is packaged in a brown, six-pointed cardboard box together with a short story, Jurate’s Amber Palace. Kaleidoscope dimensions: d40x145mm. Design work, made by hand in a small edition, patented in Lithuania (Reg. Nr. 1676).
Designers: INBLUM Architecture Studio
This cute pet-like piece of furniture softens the formal tones of a working space. Easily domesticated and friendly, Bunny provokes smiles for the office team and their guests and radiates positive energy without making a fuss. It’s a great companion also during informal meetings and work breaks.
Designers: Heima Architects
Mudu – it’s about the two of us: Me and my Reflection. The better I look, the better my Reflection looks. Yet still over the years I have discovered – the first step to looking elegant in a mirror is looking at an elegant mirror. The conical silhouette changes with a different viewing angle. Wooden details are repeated on the base as well as on the frame legs. The touch of precision is down to the last detail. “We hope someday Beyonce will take a selfie in this mirror. Or at least Kanye.”
Technical data: materials: solid surface (corian), mirror, steel, solid oak details. The production process extensively uses the latest technologies such as vacuum thermoforming and CNC milling. The corian was heated until flexible and placed in a CNC milled conical shell mould with a vacuum press. Wooden pegs set in the side of the mirror’s shell allow it to rest atop a painted steel framework, which also has wooden accents at the base of its legs.
Designer: Vilius Dringelis
A cradle for a newborn baby, inspired by a motif of branches and a bird’s nest, designed for a baby aged up to three to four months until the child starts to move more actively. The cradle is easily and quickly assembled from a few parts: supporting legs, the main body, plugs and cloth. For this reason the object is easily transported and stored. The materials used are hardwood – oak – strong metal connective parts, natural wool and cotton.
The Traditional Lunch linen napkin set
Designer: Severija Inčirauskaitė-Kriaunevičienė
The Traditional Lunch linen napkin set is a snappy collection of textile table decor for restaurants or homes. Containing images of ‘masterpieces’ from contemporary Lithuanian cuisine, these napkins can be used as funny souvenirs or functional decor elements.
Designer: Silvija Juozelskytė-Vaičiulienė / Silvijart
For this textile designer who makes hand-woven textile interior accessories, minimalism and naturalness are concepts that are very close to her. A collection of hand-made towels woven from boucle linen threads is presented. Towel size 50 x 66 cm. The collection is inspired by the traditional Lithuanian steam sauna and is for those who like naturalness and tradition but is also perfect for the modern interior.
Mommy Said Yes colouring t-shirt
Designer: Indrė Svirplytė
The brand Mommy Said Yes presents an original colouring t-shirt. In the package are a white t-shirt from organic cotton printed with artwork by the illustrator Indre Svirplyte, and high-quality textile markers that don’t wash off. The creative process continues when the t-shirt goes to the client. Though the prints reflect the imagination of the illustrator, the final result depends on the one who colours.
Designer: Marija Puipaitė
Made of a single sheet of steel. Laser cutting process. Created in collaboration with Marija Puipaitė, product designer. Steel powdered.
N – BOX
Designer: Viktorija Kunsmonaitė
Vilnius Academy of Arts, Telšiai faculty
For my bachelor work I chose „Migratory Birds“ theme. Inspired by bird nests, nesting-boxes and bird feeders, I tried to create a storage permutation that reminds ecological problems and raises awareness of saving nature. I was investigating humans and nature relationships, ecological problems and how design is trying to solve problems. Through the design ecological, environmentally-friendly products are introduced into the market, as well as attempts to highlight new human values that people are demanding more to protect and conserve nature. For this object, I used a modular structure that could change its composition. I used natural, easy to recycle materials.
BIRD BnB: A Fold-out Birdhouse
Designers: Martynas Kazimierėnas, Vytautas Gečas, Paulius Vitkauskas
Hey, bird! Looking for a place to stay? Bird BnB is a fold-out birdhouse. Just pull on the ropes, and voila! Place it on a wall, tree or balcony – it looks great in any environment. Bird BnB is designed specifically for smaller birds (sorry, pigeons). It has a spacious wooden roof terrace birdies can enjoy and a rope for chilling out on. Bird BnB comes with full human breakfast leftovers, be it granola, croissant or nachos. So stay as long as you want, but remember – no loud twittering after midnight.
Writing desk WEE!
Designer: Simonas Palovis
WEE! is an alternative work desk concept that merges a traditional work desk and a swing into a single piece of furniture that encourages a more physically active work session. The integrated swing seat is designed for the user to stay relatively mobile while working, by moving their leg and waist muscles without disturbing workflow. What’s more, you get two pieces of furniture, a desk and a seat, as one.
National costume designs – inspired fabrics
Design: Ieva Ševiakovaitė, Jolanta Rimkutė (LT-identity) and Augustinas Paukštė
Patterns inspired by national costume – Sudovian lilies, Samogitian stripes, Dzukian chequers, Aukshtaitian chequering. Unique patterns were created while exploring and interpreting cultural heritage of different ethnographic regions of Lithuania. Using modern technology (digital sublimation printing) the patterns were transferred onto fabric, and 15 models that combine traditional national costumes and modern fashion trends were created for the collection of Ieva Ševiakovaitė and Jolanta Rimkutė in 2014.