‘The Kitchen’ by Studio Rygalik is an unconventional set of rather unorthodox furniture objects for the kitchen, which collectively appear more like a playground rather than a system which has been designed with preparing food, cooking and the act of eating in mind.
“The Kitchen” collection of seemingly abstract objects, resembles odd creatures but each piece serves specific purposes.
The industrial looking pieces are all based on a four-legged frame which are complemented by a range of attached elements including: a bread basket, hanger, cutting board table, salad bowl stand with an ‘IV’ dressing stand, and various sized work surfaces all developed with utility in mind.
The Kitchen was originally designed for a Studio Rygalik event during the Łódź Design Festival (October 2012).
Together with an upcoming extra virgin rapeseed oil brand “Olej Rzepakowy z Góry św. Wawrzyńca” and the renowned Warsaw’s bistro bakery “Charlotte Bread & Wine” Studio Rygalik created a playground space to experience the very unique Polish oil with traditionally baked bread.
About Studio Rygalik
Studio Rygalik was established in 2006 by Tomek Rygalik.
For the first two years it functioned between London and Lodz, Tomek’s hometown.
Since 2009 the Studio is based in Warsaw.
This is when Gosia Rygalik joined the team to become a partner in 2012.
Studio Rygalik develops a wide variety of comprehensive projects. The focus is on furniture, products and spaces. The scope is wide – from design, development and implementation of new products to site-specific installations and production of limited editions, as well as objects, dining experiences and workshops that explore the relations of design, food and eating.
The team remains on the fringe of distinctly commercial activities, while engaging in cultural practices and building its experimental identity.
The work includes projects for Dupont/Corian, Moroso, Artek, Iker, Noti, ABR, Heal’s, Ideal Standard, Pfleiderer, Bozar and EU Presidency.
Over the last few years the work was exhibited in Berlin, Frankfurt, Lodz, London, Milan, Munich, New York, Tokyo, Poznan, Warsaw, Valencia and Vienna.
It was also published internationally in magazine articles and press features, including Icon, Interni, Wallpaper, Experimenta, Blueprint, New York Times and Financial Times.
Team: Tomek & Gosia Rygalik / Karolina Chyziak / Krzysztof Czajka / Paweł Kowalski / Maja Szybińska / Ernest Wińczyk / Łukasz Wysoczyński
Tomek Rygalik was born in Lodz in 1976.
He studied architecture at the Technical University of Lodz for two years and then graduated from Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute in New York (1999 BA/Hons).
After his studies he worked with several design companies in New York city and the area – consulting for clients including Kodak, Polarioid, Mtv, Perkinelmer, Dentsply, Unilever, Dupont etc.
In 2003 he came to the Royal College of Art for post graduate studies (2005 MA RCA).
After graduating from the RCA, he joined the RCA stuff as a research associate and established his own design practice in both London and Lodz.
From 2008 he teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts (PG13 platform) and from 2009 is based in Warsaw.
2010-2012 he was the art director of Comforty – a leading polish furniture brand.
Gosia Rygalik was born in 1982 in Warsaw.
She graduated from the Design Department at Warsaw’s Academy of Fine Arts (2010 MA).
She also studied at the Danmarks Designskole and worked with design studio in Copenhagen.
During the studies in Warsaw she was a member of the PG13 platform – responding to experimental design briefs, exhibiting, organizing and taking part in design workshops and competitions as well as industry supported projects.
Her MA studies were focused on experiencing food. The relationship between design and food is an important field of her theoretical research as well as design practice.
In 2009 she joined Studio Rygalik to become a partner in 2012.
Drawing from Gosia Rygalik’s passion for food design, we develop various projects in this field. Through experimental processes we create objects, dining experiences and workshops that explore the relations of design, food and eating.