Applying the same contextual clarity to public space and furniture design, Poznań-based urban minimalist Paweł Grobelny tests perception by balancing sculptural monumentality with adapted function. “I...
Applying the same contextual clarity to public space and furniture design, Poznań-based urban minimalist Paweł Grobelny tests perception by balancing sculptural monumentality with adapted function. “I prefer the urban scale,” the designer confesses. “Though it poses much more challenges – regulations and architectural constraints – there is more room to inspire interactivity.” Having won Paris Design Week’s 2013 Rado Design prize for his Sur le Fil project – table units that play-on visual instability – Grobelny sees domestic products as tangible. Furniture prototypes are more readably available while public projects take years to realize. Instigating multiple interventions in Belgium, France and China, the designer follows a strategic process. “I start by drawing and then move to modeling – less for presentation but more for getting a formal understanding,” he describes, “I then create visuals to communicate.” After designing an outdoor indoor cinema bench for a Brussels gallery, integrating panel-layered Monolith benches in the Belgian capital’s Albertine garden and installing an entire network of sonar CH Benches during Shanghai’s Expo 2010, he currently developing Le Cercle urban furniture in Mont de Marsan, France. The spherical and modular system serves two functions – facilitating close conversation and a wide view over the hilly landscape.