For me, Malgorzata Bany is a rare find. One of life’s creatives who is really just in the formative years of her journey as an artist and designer and I’m delighted to have come across her work.
I’m drawn to her simple and minimal yet striking designs which are soft to the touch and sculptural in their character. Side tables, low tables, vases and bowls are all cast in jesmonite from carefully handcrafted moulds, making each piece unique in its appearance. Utilitarian yet functional forms with a limited colour palette and organic shapes, Malgorzata creates her own pigments and moulds for each piece, by hand at home. The pieces are also sculptures in their own right, sensual forms with a restrained aesthetic. Tactile with the smaller pieces feeling like stone and smooth to the touch, whilst the larger pieces often featuring crips edges. They form a collection of similar shapes, each with altered proportions depending on the end use of each piece.
She has recently collaborated with Faye Toogood on a collection of smaller pieces including paperweights and bookends, see a selection in the images below (images courtesy of Genevieve Lutkin for Studio Toogood). And some of which can be seen here on my recent visit to the Toogood studio.
Exhibitions include The London Design Festival in 2016 and a collaboration with The New Craftsman earlier this year at LDF to launch her new collection. Malgorzata co-curated the space including pieces from other creatives.
The now London based Malgorzata studied at Academy of Fine Arts in her home town of Warsaw, followed by the Slade School of Fine Art and then University College Falmouth graduating with a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts. She is also the recipient of the Slade School of Fine Art, 2014 Desiree Prize for Painting, and also an Adrian Carruthers Studio Award Nominee, Slade School Of Fine Art and Acme Studios, 2014