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Arena Design 2020: Slower

20.02.2020 Trend & News

Responsibility. Balance. Regionality. Every year the ARENA DESIGN trade fair triggers important debates on social and aesthetic aspects of design. In 2020 the fair will focus on the concept of slowness. So it is worth booking the last week of February for ARENA DESIGN 2020. 


The rapid pace of social changes, industrial overproduction, and technological revolution have shown that we live in a culture dependent on speed, achieving maximum efficiency and immersed in excess. We consume and dispose. In our daily rush, we exploit the world without being aware of the consequences of such actions. In the face of an ecological disaster, ARENA DESIGN 2020 proposes to start a discussion on the idea of ​​slowness.

This year's topic of slowness is a consequence of last year's debates about transformation - of the market, production processes, habits. Slowing down and unhurriedness do not pose a threat to the global economy. Conversely, we are reaching the end of our planet's endurance. That is why it is worth looking for good, modern and innovative solutions, thanks to which we are able to bring the manufactured items back into circulation. Bet on quality, locality and sustainable development. ARENA DESIGN 2020 wants to inspire to implement the slowness movement into business strategies or brand development strategies.

Special guests

This year, world-famous designers invited by creative director of ARENA DESIGN 2020 Maria Jeglińska-Adamczewska, will provide the audience with their ideas of creative interpretation of the concept of slowness - conscious use of raw materials, cooperation with local producers or innovative ways of implementing responsible design. ARENA DESIGN 2020 will be participated in by Michael Anastassiades, Torbjørn Anderssen, Carole Baijings, Jan Boelen, Maddalena Casadei, Giulio Ridolfo and Seetal Solanki.

Designers of the Year 2020

This is the second edition of a very interesting review of the works of young Polish designers, who delight us with their sense of aesthetics, the dynamics of projects and a responsible and ecological approach to design. The ARENA DESIGN Designer of the Year awards are given to artists who are worth following not only in the coming years. This year the designers of the year are: Jan Kochański, Tartaruga and UAUPROJECT. We are proud to support the awards and the exhibition ARENA DESIGN 2020 Designers of the Year!


If you want to look at the best projects, these two zones show everything that is most interesting on the market. The Top Design Award is the best Polish design implementations, selected by an independent jury. FORMS OF THE FUTURE - A ZONE OF POLISH DESIGNERS is a space presenting the achievements of the most interesting Polish creators and their arrangements. The new zone is dedicated to bold, visionary and innovative works. As part of the zone, 26 artists will be presented, whose concepts are innovative, and the designers themselves will introduce fresh and original forms to Polish design.

Resources. Slow materials

Waste is essentially a resource of today. We have to learn how to use it - says Agata Nowotny, a sociologist and researcher who looks into the background of modern production in search for "slow" materials. That is, those that come from the processing of waste, leftovers and pollution, and can be used for further creative processes. During the unveiling of "Resources" as part of Arena Design, we will see plastics and processed plastic products, including UAU Project's REvase or Maciej Karpiak’s Cell acoustic panel made from recycled PET felt bottles by Marbet Style, at the Łódź Design Festival in May - analogous products created in a different way.

In addition, the Arena program includes a lot of meetings, exhibitions, workshops and urban activities. We invite you to celebrate design!


Arena Design
25 - 28.02.2020
MTP Poznań
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