The Clothed Home: Tuning In To The Seasonal Imagination
CENTRALA and Alicja Bielawska
Poland’s representation for London Design Biennale
1–27 June 2021
curator: Aleksandra Kędziorek
organized by The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
the project is part of Chronobiological Architecture series
CENTRALA, Alicja Bielawska and Aleksandra Kędziorek will represent Poland at the 2021 London Design Biennale with the project The Clothed Home: Tuning In To The Seasonal Imagination.
Their proposal was selected as a winning entry in an open competition organized in Februrary 2020. 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.
A podcast with authors of the exhibition discussing the upcoming project. (in Polish only)