The Clothed Home: Tuning In To The Seasonal Imagination exhibition
CENTRALA and Alicja Bielawska

London Design Biennale
1–27 June 2021

on view National Museum in Kraków
20 May28 August 2022

on view 27th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana
26 May–29 September 2022

coming soon Lisbon Architecture Triennale
29 September–5 December 2022

curator: Aleksandra Kędziorek

visual identity: Anna Kulachek
graphic design: Piotr Chuchla

all textiles were designed by Alicja Bielawska and woven by Folk Art Wijata, Opoczno, In Weave (Beata Wietrzyńska), “Koronka–Bobowa”: Spółdzielnia Pracy Rzemiosła Ludowego i Artystycznego (Agata Król, Danuta Myśliwiec, embroidery: Jadwiga Śliwa) and prof. Zenovia Shulha
tailoring: Klaudia Filipiak (LAZY STUDIO)

organized by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute

the project is part of Chronobiological Architecture series

 

 

The exhibition explores the ways in which textiles have been used to reflect the rhythm of seasonal changes in domestic interiors. The art installation draws on bygone practices, from which it takes its cue for contemporary climate-responsive design.

In this day and age, when many of us are cocooned in centrallyheated apartments and air-conditioned offices, we have grown inured to the nuances of nature’s changing cycles. Contemporary design can help us tune into the seasons again. Conceptually rooted in Polish textile designs from the pre-electric era, the installation recalls domestic rituals that allow us to cultivate our relationship with the natural world and react more attentively to its continued changes.

In manor houses, aristocratic mansions and peasant cottages of pre-modern Poland, textiles were widely used as seasonal clothing for architecture. They helped adapt domestic spaces to the twelve phenological seasons characteristic of the Central European climate zone. Their recurring appearance in domestic interiors allowed for conscious participation in the cycles of nature – in celebrating the passage of time, with an enhanced sense of immersion in the circadian rhythm, and the sequence of light and darkness.

As a result, The Clothed Home functions as a resonator, helping residents feel the pulse of the natural world. By clothing the space, the installation sets out to offer visitors a similar, multi-sensory experience.

Warm Seasons

Cold Seasons

The project by CENTRALA, Alicja Bielawska 11 www.alicjabielawska.com ↩︎ and Aleksandra Kędziorek 22 www.olakedziorek.com ↩︎ was a winning entry in an open competition organized in Februrary 2020 by Adam Mickiewicz Institute and represented Poland at the 2021 London Design Biennale (1–27 June 2021)

Since May 20 (till 28 August) 2022 the project is on view in the National Museum in Kraków, where the objects were adjusted to the new interiors and tactile textile samples are available for the viewers.

 

Living between centrally heated apartments and air-conditioned offices, we have become indifferent to the nuances of the cyclical changes in nature. Contemporary design can help us tune into nature’s seasonality again. Drawing inspiration from Polish textile designs from pre-electric times, Poland’s installation recalls domestic rituals that will allow us to cultivate our relationship with the natural world; and in consequence, to react more attentively to its continued changes.

In manor houses, aristocratic mansions and peasant cottages of pre-modern Poland, textiles were widely used as a seasonal clothing for architecture. Their cyclical appearance in domestic interiors allowed for conscious and participative experience of the cycles of nature: for celebrating the passage of time and enhancing the feeling of belonging to the rhythm of the day and the sequence of light and darkness.

As a result, the clothed home functioned as a resonator, helping the residents experience the pulse of the natural world. By clothing a room of Somerset House, the intention of the installation is to offer visitors a similar, multi-sensory experience.

Exhibition overview video from London Design Biennale

 

Further reading

Accompanying publication: The Clothed Home: Tuning In To The Seasonal Imagination, 2021

Dressing the Home for the Seasons, kvadrat.dk, 2021

„Dom odziany”: polska wystawa na London Design Biennale, Anna Stańczuk, vogue.pl, 2021 (in Polish only)

Dom odziany 1-27.06.2021 Londyn, Anna Cymer, nn6t, 2021 (in Polish only)

A podcast with authors of the exhibition discussing the project. Bęc Radio, 2020 (in Polish only)

W co ubrać budynek – jak tkaniny mogą uzupełniać architekturę

The Clothed Home: Tuning In To The Seasonal Imagination
CENTRALA and Alicja Bielawska

London Design Biennale
1–27 June 2021

on view National Museum in Kraków
20 May28 August 2022

on view 27th Biennial of Design, Ljubljana
26 May–29 September 2022

coming soon Lisbon Architecture Triennale
29 September–5 December 2022

curator: Aleksandra Kędziorek
organized by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute

 

the project is part of Chronobiological Architecture series