BabaAkcja was an art and design collective I co-founded with my two university friends, Monika Ostaszewska and Zosia Konarska, during our final year of studying design.
We were observing and reflecting on the world around us, usually in a humorous way, using design as a form of expression.
Our work had been presented at international venues and festivals including 100% Design Tokyo, 100% Design London, ICFF New York, Seoul Design Week and Design Mai Berlin. We also conducted workshops and worked on commissioned projects.
Below are a few examples of our works.
One of our first projects was a pop-up store selling computer viruses during Design Mai Youngsters in Berlin in 2007.
We chose a set of famous computer viruses and designed a packaging system and a variety of merchandise for them.
We were surprised to learn that a lot of guests were eager to buy the viruses, but at the same time, many were even afraid to touch (sic!) the CDs with viruses.
• A.I.D.S • I-love-you • Brain • Doom • Chernobyl • Netsky
NO SILICON NEEDED
Sand Toys, Gdynia Design Days, 2008.
Our answer to the question of being “beach-body-ready”. A not-so-serious project about the perfect-body terror of our times.
Customizable lamp for VOX furniture company, 2009.
Inspired by my mother’s old table lamp that served her as a DIY earring holder, we designed a lamp that looked differently depending on the owner.
The lamp was sold in shops across Europe.
DESIGN WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS
We conducted design workshops for children (3-6 years old and 6-12 years old)
at the Institute of Industrial Design in Warsaw, 2010
We were working on ideas for objects that had a misleading form, things that looked like one thing but in the reality were something entirely different. It was an interesting way to show how a form of an object is connected to its function.
DIY POSTCARD SET
Souvenir for the Polish Presidency of the EU Council in 2011. Distributed by Polish Institutes worldwide.
We were commissioned to design a souvenir humorously promoting Poland as a tourist destination. We wanted to add an element of DIY to a traditional iconic souvenir – a postcard.