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