A DREAM OF WARSAW

ceramic, graphic design  |  2009  

A Dream of Warsaw is one of my favourite project from my portfolio. It is a collection composed of six ceramic buildings from Communist times, with design elements referencing their actual architecture. The project, which by now has an almost cult status, began 8 years ago and is still extremely popular. The miniatures are purchased by lovers of Warsaw and tourists alike.

Where did the idea for the A DREAM OF WARSAW collection come from?

Until I was 18 years old, I lived in the very centre of Warsaw, on the corner of Emilia Plater Street and Jerozolimskie Avenue. Buildings such as Sezam, the Skarpa Cinema, the Central Train Station, Rotunda or Supersam were always familiar to me. They are part of the urban life for anyone living in Warsaw. I wanted to show that this everyday Warsaw is beautiful and fascinating. Another reason for creating the collection was the fear that these interesting buildings would one day disappear. Three of them already have: the Skarpa Cinema, Sezam and Supersam. Supersam could be destroyed because it was never placed on the register of objects of cultural heritage. That was a great oversight, considering its unique architecture. I wanted to make the citizens of Warsaw reflect on the fact that the city’s symbols could disappear, and that maybe we should put up a fight about it. The third reason is my very personal and sentimental attitude towards Warsaw and its Communist architecture. I know many people share my feelings. They can express their fondness for both the buildings themselves and Warsaw in general, by owning A DREAM OF WARSAW pieces. A DREAM OF WARSAW is a tribute to both modernist architecture and Warsaw. 

 

Photos in above slideshow: Jan Kriwol

SuperSam - modernist supermarket in Warsaw, at Mokotowski square, built in 1962, designed by Jerzy Hryniewiecki, Maciej Krasiński and Ewa Krasińska;  with structural engineer Wacław Zalewski, first self serve supermarket in Poland; one of the greatest achievements of modernism in Poland. Demolished in 2006 (photo: Tadeusz Borucki)

SuperSam - modernist supermarket in Warsaw, at Mokotowski square, built in 1962, designed by Jerzy Hryniewiecki, Maciej Krasiński and Ewa Krasińska;  with structural engineer Wacław Zalewski, first self serve supermarket in Poland; one of the greatest achievements of modernism in Poland. Demolished in 2006 (photo: Tadeusz Borucki)

Sezam - department store located at ul . Marszałkowska 126/134 wWarszawie in the years 1969-2014 . The building was designed by Andrzej Sierakowski, Tadeusz Błażejewski, Jan Kopciowski and Roman Widery as part of a team of the Eastern Wall (photo: unknown photographer, 1981).

Sezam - department store located at ul . Marszałkowska 126/134 wWarszawie in the years 1969-2014 . The building was designed by Andrzej Sierakowski, Tadeusz Błażejewski, Jan Kopciowski and Roman Widery as part of a team of the Eastern Wall (photo: unknown photographer, 1981).

Kino Skarpa - cinema operating in the Warsaw downtown, at Copernicus Street in the years 1960-2003 . Construction: 1956-1960, 2008. The demolished building was designed in a modernist style by Zygmunt Stępiński, in cooperation with Andrzej Milewski. Its name cinema owed ocation near the escarpment in Warsaw. The building was characterized by raw, simple lump without ornaments, while its interior had numerous mosaics, decorations and pieces of art (photo: Edmund Kupiecki, Varso, 72 page, Arkady 1971)

Kino Skarpa - cinema operating in the Warsaw downtown, at Copernicus Street in the years 1960-2003 . Construction: 1956-1960, 2008. The demolished building was designed in a modernist style by Zygmunt Stępiński, in cooperation with Andrzej Milewski. Its name cinema owed ocation near the escarpment in Warsaw. The building was characterized by raw, simple lump without ornaments, while its interior had numerous mosaics, decorations and pieces of art (photo: Edmund Kupiecki, Varso, 72 page, Arkady 1971)

Warszawa Centralna is the primary railway station in Warsaw, Poland. Designed by architect Arseniusz Romanowicz, its construction began in 1972 and was completed in 1975 (photo: 2008)

Warszawa Centralna is the primary railway station in Warsaw, Poland. Designed by architect Arseniusz Romanowicz, its construction began in 1972 and was completed in 1975 (photo: 2008)

PKO Rotunda was build as a part of the Eastern Wall, built in the years 1960-1969. The building was designed by Jerzy Jakubowicz. The construction of the Rotunda was completed in 1966. Due to the characteristic shape of it was called " general's cap ". February 15, 1979 the building was destroyed in approx. 70 % as a result of a gas explosion (photo: 2006)

PKO Rotunda was build as a part of the Eastern Wall, built in the years 1960-1969. The building was designed by Jerzy Jakubowicz. The construction of the Rotunda was completed in 1966. Due to the characteristic shape of it was called " general's cap ". February 15, 1979 the building was destroyed in approx. 70 % as a result of a gas explosion (photo: 2006)

Warszawa Powiśle- Old train station ticket office transformed into a bar & concert venue with a beer garden.  Design by Arseniusz Romanowicz in 1963 (photo: Tadeusz Zagoździński, 1963, from: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw)

Warszawa PowiśleOld train station ticket office transformed into a bar & concert venue with a beer garden.  Design by Arseniusz Romanowicz in 1963 (photo: Tadeusz Zagoździński, 1963, from: Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw)

PKP Powisle in Warsaw today. The real building and the miniature (photo: Grupa Warszawa, 2015)

PKP Powisle in Warsaw today. The real building and the miniature (photo: Grupa Warszawa, 2015)