The second edition of the festival was held under the slogan Play & Joke and focused not on function, form or price, but on the joy of creating and interacting with things. Over 100 artists presented their works, who discovered a different life of already known objects through surprise, wit and perversity of treatment. Carpets – puzzles, tiles – puzzles, stools – blocks, dishes – games. All this to engage the creativity and manual skills of the recipients. Design is no longer just supposed to meet needs, function or decorate – it is supposed to entertain. It is intended to be a cultural and environmental manifesto. Design has become the favorite mascot of the 21st century, effectively competing with, or perhaps rather accompanying, fashion. In addition to the question about the quality of products, there is an increasingly common question about the effect – surprise, shock, joke and fun.



The Festival exhibitions included e.g.:

  • “PLAY & JOKE” – main exhibition, curator: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, artists including: Aleksandra Adamczyk, Małgorzata Bronikowska, DBWT, Paweł Grobelny, Heiiki Kiiski, La Polka, Agnieszka Lasota, Moho Design, Tomasz Rudkiewicz, Symbioza, Three Mice, Oskar Zięta

  • “Puzzle4Peace Project”, artistic director: Giuseppe Iavicoli, authors: Lune Jazudekova, Gianluigi Ruju, Giuseppe Iavocoli

  • “Twist Young Design”, curator: Dominika Wilżak, organizer: Atak Design

  • “Review of Polish Schools: Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź, University of Art and Design in Łódź, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań, Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław

  • Review of Foreign Schools: Arizona State University – College of Design, Northern Illinois University – School of Art. Design and Media Arts Department, L’Ecole De Design Nantes Atlantique, Burg Gebicheinstein Halle, School of Art at Anglia Ruskin Cambridge, Karlsruhe University of Art and Design, University of Art and Design Helsinki – Graphic Design & Production

  • “Śląska Rzecz”, curator: Lubomira Trojan

  • “Desire Machines”, curators: Jarosław Lubiak, Kamil Kuskowski

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

_make me!


In 2008, the first, historic edition of the make me! competition for young designers took place. This premiere part of the program was addressed to beginner designers and focused on searching for projects that will surprise with innovation, creativity, aesthetics and awareness of form. Co-organizer of the 1st edition of make me! was the National Cultural Center, which donated PLN 20.000 for the main winner. Interprint and DuPont Corian were also prize sponsors.


For the 1st edition of make me! 100 applications were received, of which 16 made it to the finals. The jury consisted of: Sławomir Kluziak, Michał Stefanowski, Ewa Gołębiowska, Gian Luca Amadei, Katarzyna Flera, Grzegorz Piątek and Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka.


The main prize in the first make me! competition awarded to Bartosz Mucha for the Spinacz project.


Other winners:

  • award sponsored by DuPont Corian: Breakup – Łukasz Wysoczyński

  • award sponsored by Interprint: Magnetic clock – Anna Orlikowska and Beata Wandachowicz / Lo_La Design (Poland)

_events and guests


During the 2nd ŁDF the following events took place:

  • lecture “Packaging 2010”, guests: Satkar Gidda, Sławomir Kluziak (Brand Design Club/Siebert Head)

  • “Action – creation. Live design”, organizer: Museum of Architecture, Portal

  • “Twist Your Mind” workshop, conducted by: Pieke Bergmans

  • screenings and meetings as part of ArchFilmFest

  • lecture “Campaign for shared responsibility”, guest: prof. Marjatta Itkonen (University of Art And Design, Helsinki)

  • lecture “Packaging Design”, guest: Anne Olding-Smee (University of Arts, London)

  • workshop “Exploring the stories and concepts of design”, conducted by Joanna Meroz (The Ornamented Life)

  • workshop “Dinner with cardboard details”, conducted by Tina Roeder

Workshops / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Workshops / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive



The organization of the 2th Łódź Design Festival was Łódź Art Center. The event was held under the patronage of Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, Marshal of the Łódź Voivodeship Włodzimierz Fisiak and President of City of Łódź Jerzy Kropiwnicki. The partner was Łódź – Europejska Stolica Kultury 2016. Festival prepared with funds from the budget Łódź Voivodeship. The project was co-financed by funds Minister of Culture and National Heritage. Coorganizer was Narodowe Centrum Kultury. The edition was co-created by: Fabryka Sztuki, Manufaktura oraz Atak Design. The sponsors included: Hotel andel’s, Paradyż Group, Interprint, Deante, Mikomax, DuPont Corian i Elegante. The ŁDF 2008 edition was created in cooperation with: Arctic Paper, Fabryka Trzciny, Śląski Zamek Sztuki i Przedsiębiorczości w Cieszynie, TNT, Restauracja Filmowa, KoKoo, Rezydencja, Międzynarodowe Targi Łódzkie,, Centrum-Hotele, Press Service, Boogie Design For Living, PKP Przewozy Regionalne. The media patronage over the event was taken by:, Polskie Radio Trójka, Przekrój, Gazeta Wyborcza, AMS, Gadu Gadu, Machina Design, Vox Design, 2+3D, Aktivist, TVM, Move Out, Magazyn 042, i Świat