Is design just about creating another object, or is it a way of thinking that can influence the reality around us? How does it affect our lives? Can it change the world for the better? By asking these questions, Łódź Design Festival in October 2012 proved that CONSCIOUS design is not indifferent to the problems of the modern world and cares about a better “here and now”. The festival’s motto drew attention to how important awareness is in design and how many ways it can be understood in relation to design.

The three main festival exhibitions touched on the issues of relationships between objects, the influence of the artist’s origin on his designs and the issue of 3D printing. For the youngest audience, the organizers have prepared, among others: walks through exhibitions, an educational playroom and workshops developing imagination and creativity.



The Festival exhibitions included e.g.:

  • “The Future is Stupid”, curator: Sven Ehmann

  • “Points of view – seating points”, curator: Maria Jeglińska

  • “Who are you?”, curators: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Klara Czerniewska

  • “Design for children” – collective exhibition

  • “Splash! How Good Water Works, curated by Evan Marks

  • “Young Creatives – like the new logo of Łódź”, organizer: Łódź City Hall

  • “Apartment on the plan” – post-competition presentation (Porta Drzwi)

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

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Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Discussion panel / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Curatorial tour / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Exhibition / ph. ŁDF’s archive

_make me! 


Until the 5th edition of make me! in 2012, 130 applications were received, and the small group of finalists included 6 projects. The jury consisted of: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Gian Luca Amadei, Konrad Jerin, Agata Kulik-Pomorska, Paweł Pomorski, Małgorzata Żmijska and awarded the design of the Ribbon chair to Jan Lutyk. The creator won the main prize of PLN 20,000 funded by the patron of ŁDF – Paradyż Group. The post-competition exhibition, curated by Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, was presented at the Festival Center at Targowa 35 in Łódź.

make me! gala / ph. ŁDF’s archive

_must have 


The second edition of the must have plebiscite took place in 2012, and there were 300 nominations among the nominees. The Board of Experts, composed of: Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka, Ewa Gołębiowska, Marta Lubaszewska, Olga Nieścier, Zuzanna Skalska, Ewa Solarz, Małgorzata Szczepańska and Jacek Utko, awarded the must have quality mark to 66 products. The exhibition, curated by Ewa Solarz, took place at the Festival Center at Targowa 35 in Łódź.​

must have gala / ph. ŁDF’s archive

_events and guests


During 6th edition took place e.g.:

  • discussion panel “How we grew into design in Poland” – summary of the last 15 years, moderated by Małgorzata Tomczyk (Dobre Wnętrze)

  • lecture “Offices of the future. From a place to work – to work understood as a result”, guest: Ulf Boman (Kinnarps)

  • Design & Architecture forum, BLOK: “TransFormacje”, BLOK: “The Future is Stupid – designing solutions for today”, BLOK: “Costs. Emotions. Responsibility. How decisions about architecture and space are made today”, BLOK: “User Experience Design”

  • discussion panel “Protection of cultural heritage in the times of the new market”, Ceramika Paradyż & Janusz Kaniewski

  • workshops “Elevator speech, or how to sell a topic to the media in 3 minutes?”, conducted by: Ewa Trzcionka (Design Alive)

  • Remade Market

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

Workshops / ph. ŁDF’s archive

Workshops / ph. ŁDF’s archive



The organization of the 7th Łodź Design Festival was possible thanks to the support of City of Łódź, Minister of Culture and National Heritage and Łódź Voivodeship. The main patron of the festival was the Paradyż Group, and sponsors: Interprint, DuPont Corian oraz Kinnarps. Technological partner was HP, and festival cars were provided by Mazda. Partners of ŁDF were: Fabryka Sztuki, Ton, Pomorska 21, Bookoff, Press Service, Emo, Muzeum Kinematografii, British Council, Ambasada Stanów Zjednoczonych, Terma, IKEA, Arctic Paper, Showroom Store, Lidex, Philips. The media patronage over the event was taken by: PAP, Newsweek, Dobre Wnętrze, Elle Decoration, AMS, Architektura-murator, Radio Chilli Zet, F5,