Grid is a collection of decorative fabrics created in cooperation with designers Anna Łoskiewicz-Zakrzewska and Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik. It is an outcome of numerous inspirations: postmodern aesthetics of the 1980s, cinematic worlds of “Wall Street” and “Tron”, first, basic computer graphics and cartography.
“We drew inspiration from e.g. the beginnings of computer graphics - minimalist lines on a colourful background. The tools offered by this technology can create space in an interesting, out-of-the-box manner. The colour ramp endows the fabric with depth and three-dimensionality, whereas the lines evoke spatial division used in maps. The velvet itself yields an interesting refraction effect, which is particularly visible when the fabric is draped or used in 3-D objects”, says Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik.
The common feature of these five decorative velvet knitted fabrics is a printed regular grid motif and a colour gradient effect. The colour scheme of each of the fabrics connotes one of the following five cities: Warsaw, Beirut, Miami, Naples and Reykjavík. Warsaw represents an urban landscape on a cloudy day: the blue-grey sky seamlessly transitions into grey-beige building façades. Miami looks like a sunset on the exotic, “Miami Vice” type of beach, changing from sunny yellow to deep pink. Beirut shows a progression from mint, pastel green to saturated emerald. In Naples, the grid is yellow and the fabric’s warm, mustard yellow gradually transitions into khaki. Reykjavík, in turn, is grey - slowly darkening like an early winter dusk, with a black grid. The collection’s splendid appearance is enhanced by the sheen of the knitted velvet. The retro-futuristic quality of the pattern designed by Anna Łoskiewicz-Zakrzewska and Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik, printed on the Spring velvet from Dekoma’s collection, proves to be timeless: it will go well with numerous, stylistically diverse interiors, from those inspired by the mid-century style to those in line with the contemporary design.
The sixth city added to the five city-variants of Grid is New York, where Małgorzata Bernady and Boris Miller did a photo shoot of the collection, as commissioned by Dekoma. The High Line area, a park created on a former elevated railroad spur crossing Manhattan, provided a setting which perfectly emphasised the architectural associations evoked by Grid’s design. The regular divisions of glass skyscraper façades accurately correspond with the pattern’s geometric grid. The very construction of the High Line’s elevated railway has been featured in the setting of the photo shoot. The High Line is a unique project of urban space revitalization, implemented by the Diller Scofidio+Renfro design studio and outstanding landscape architects: Piet Oudolf and James Corner. Opened in 2009, the park quickly became one of the most popular tourist attractions in New York City. Every year, the High Line has several million visitors fascinated by the blend of architecture and naturalised plantings.
Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik runs her own Zofia Strumiłło-Sukiennik STUDIO. She is also a co-owner of SPLOT, a brand marketing unique furniture and interior design elements, as well as the creator of innovative architectural concrete BIEL.
Anna Łoskiewicz-Zakrzewska is a designer of interiors, furniture and everyday objects and a creator of artistic installations and settings.
Since 2021, she has run the Łoskiewicz Studio. Her focus is on designing public, fair, exhibition and office spaces.
In the years 2011-2021, these two artists co-created a design studio Beza Projekt, gaining recognition in Poland and abroad. Their interior design projects include e.g. the interiors of Warszawski UL, The Nest co-working space, the Wozownia bar, the Kukułka pastry shop or the Hand Made advertising agency in Kraków. The studio has also created product designs for e.g. MDD, Mikomax, Vox and launched projects under its own brand.
The studio’s projects have been repeatedly covered by the trade media such as Milk Decoration, Label Magazine, Dezeen and Wallpaper.
Beza Projekt received numerous awards including:
- Cannes Lions International Festival Nomination for the “Milk and Honey” project in 2012
- First prize in the make me! plebiscite at the Łódź Design Festival (2013)
- Creator of the Year Award presented by the Design Alive magazine (2013)
- A prize in the must have! plebiscite at the Łódź Design Festival (2015)
- Advertising Creators Club’s Gold in the Design category for the Tatra National Park’s award design (2016)
- Office Superstar Award (2017) – the main prize in the small business office space category for the interior design of the Hand Made agency.