CERAMIC & FOOD ROUTE
IDE BOARD & EXPERTS
Laurent DENIZE D'ESTRÉES
Jill SILVERMAN VAN COENEGRACHTS
Creative Project Foundation / Anka SIMONE
Institute Adam Mickiewicz
Institut Français de Pologne
School of Form
Donde Gallery & Work shop
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Cosmopolitan Poland has been at the centre of cosmopolitan life for more than a thousand years, at the crossroads of central Europe. A thousand years of coexistence, cooperation, rivalry and conflict, autonomy, integration and assimilation – all of which has left traces of physical materials, pottery, textiles, recipes, raw agricultural ingredients, architectural styles; a myriad of colours and textures brought together from the four corners of Asia Minor, the Middle East, Europe and the Nordic regions, carried first on foot, then on horseback, then piled in carriages and later on trains, eventually in automobiles and trucks and now also in planes which criss-cross the heart of Europe.
Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts
I deeply experienced a passion for innovation from young designers and artisans in Warsaw. They all told me: we are a new country. They are very open and friendly to designers from different cultures, and eagerly want to communicate and cooperate, hoping that this cooperation between different cultures will collide with new design works.
I remember discussing this with Laurent d’Estrees, Pierangelo Caramia and Jill Silverman van Coenegrachts one sunny morning in the courtyard of an inn in faraway Warmia. It was then that Jill – an incredibly warm and welcoming person – told me with a smile, referring to my meditative search, that it was a moment of illumination. Robert Czerniawski