30 VI - 9 VII 2017

MANUBA Retrieved Craft


30 june - 9 july, 10:00-20:00


PSTP Gdynia
Al. Zwycięstwa 96/98

MANUBA - GDD Collection is a series of products created especially for the Gdynia Design Days festival. Each product is the fruit of a designer's collaboration with a craftsman. Apart from the final effect the exchange of experiences between the designer who comes up with a new design idea and a master craftsman is also important.

The first series of MANUBA products was launched in 2016 in the 9th edition of Gdynia Design Days under the curatorial supervision of Paulina and Jacek Ryń. more information

This year's edition continues the idea of recovering the forgotten crafts, launched last year. Referring to the festival's theme, the 2017 collection is inspired by the landscape of a beach after a storm. When the strong wind rises the waves and turns the tides the sea washes its wealth ashore and in the calm which comes after the storm patterns of sandprints are revealed.

This year we have invited three designers: Stanisław Czarnocki, Natasza Grześkiewicz and Karolina Navus-Wysocka, who had seen the magic created by the storm and combined it with traditional techniques of artistic smithery, upholstery and bee wax craftsmanship. Thanks to their cooperation with craft workshops, every participant of the Gdynia Design Days Festival will be able to take a piece of the Baltic coast back home.

The MANUBA products will be available for sale at GDD2017. More information about the products coming soon.

MANUBA 2017 curator: Alicja Wianecka


  • Pełne ziarno (Whole grain) - bread basket with a chopping board

    Pełne ziarno (Whole grain) - bread basket with a chopping board

    Upholstery, upholstery fabric, beech wood The natural way to store bread is to wrap it in a cloth. The "Whole grain" is a set: a basket for bread and a chopping board. The set, which was made in an upholstery workshop allows you to meet several needs: from storing the bread through slicing to displaying it on the table. The form is designed so that the seams serve as hinges. This allows the fabric to be curled which changes its function. It is finished with a traditional hand-seam which makes the product unique. The combination of a linen basket for bread and a wooden board is a reference to soft material sewing and woodwork, which are characteristic of upholstery.

  • Huk (Roar) – platter / candlestick / pot stand

    Huk (Roar) – platter / candlestick / pot stand

    Artistic blacksmithing, steel Hook is a set of items showing the blacksmithing craftsmanship. The platter shows the contrast. The smoothness, purity and simplicity of its form meets with irregular, turbulent structure. It is also an idea to emphasize and appreciate the work of blacksmiths, where strong, heavy movements can create a plastic, even sculptural structure. The candlestick is made on the basis of the ancient technique of the so-called grommet (punching), ie. connecting elements without welding. The fragment of the circular rod is flattened into a rectangular mold and then a hole for the candle is made by using a punch. Thanks to this process the material is 'pushed' to the sides, resulting in a thickening around the central part of the candlestick. The pot stand presents the universality of steel which in combination with the remarkable ability of the blacksmith gives unlimited possibilities of modeling and shaping. In the manufacturing process, the square rod is forged into the desired triangular shape which is then folded into an elliptical or circular shape.

  • Bee Świeczki (Bee Candles) - beeswax candles

    Bee Świeczki (Bee Candles) - beeswax candles

    Beekeeping, beeswax, cotton, natural pigments The candles are made from 100% bee wax with the oldest and most traditional manufacturing technique – the hand-dipping method (repeatedly dipping a weighted wick in melted wax). No mold is needed for their production since the shape forms layer after layer. The creation method of the Bee Świeczki candles resembles the formation of a coastline by sea waves or the wind. The effect is highlighted by color. The candles are dyed with natural pigments and their wicks are woven from the highest quality unbleached cotton. Unlike paraffin candles they do not produce toxins or harmful substances.