The Forest and the Meadow exhibition’s leitmotif is a fascination with Polish landscapes and the world of plants and animals, as well as customs and traditions deriving from the union of man and nature which are deeply rooted in the Polish consciousness. After last year's presentation in Copenhagen, the exhibition will now be shown in Stockholm.
Nature, in all its forms and aspects, fascinates and inspires many Polish designers, and stimulates their imaginations and reflections on the world around us. The exhibition tells about the “natural” inspirations of the designers and their search for identity. It builds a narrative around our cultural diversity, and shows how important it is in the contemporary global world to maintain individuality and uniqueness.
The authors of the exhibits derive inspiration from Polish traditions, habits, local customs and beliefs. They use ornamental motifs, simple handicraft techniques, and natural materials. They know how important a responsible approach to natural resources is, as well as economical techniques of production. They manage to keep a distance from our Polish traditions and customs, such as a fondness towards mushroom picking or adorning walls with hunting trophies, which derives from the noble past. They look upon their cultural heritage with humour, without pathos and solemnity. They know that what is local and distinct is an important value worth preserving.