Exploring design through interaction, Ola Mirecka’s work closes the gab between creator and user. “Exhibitions often present design like art but rarely reveal true use,” she explains. Tapping into a diverse range of experiences – studies at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw Design Faculty – as part of Tomek Rygalik’s PG13 programme – the Royal College of Art, High School improv groups, illustration traineeships at Warsaw-based advertising agencies and a current position at Lego in Denmark – the product designer has developed a methodology all her own. “I play with shape in real 3D space, putting objects together to find new forms,” Mirecka describes. “I try to create something I’ve never seen before.” The young product designer’s approach isn’t limited to live composition but is also rooted in the need to help others and experiment with material. “Every medium allows you to play with it, once you get a certain know-how and flexibility, employing the right machines,” she confesses. Though currently tasked with Lego girl-oriented products. Mirecka continues to develop S-t-o-n-k-i – 3D illustrations drawn in space using solid material. Aluminum tubes are quickly and instantaneously connected with biodegradable thermoplastic joints. The technique has resulted in pendant lamps, stools, standing clocks and now, a shoe rack. “Sketching in space and then on paper, I add action to thinking,” she explains. This young talent brings play back into daily life.