The profile of Polish design has raised considerably in recent years as both classical and contemporary Polish designs are being recognised internationally for their creativity and quality. As traditional Polish folk motifs have found new life and vitality in contemporary contexts, so too has there been a reappraisal of and resurgence in communist design from the PRL era. Small Polish design firms are springing up across the country to spearhead trends in sustainable design, urban wear, minimalist decor and more. In fact, the phrase ‘Polish Design Only’ has almost become a proud rallying cry between local boutique stores and their mostly millennial colleagues who serve as clients, suppliers, inspirers and influencers.
In Kraków, the west end of Kazimierz's ul. Józefa has been dubbed 'Design Row' (by us at least); along this street you'll find several galleries and boutiques that specialise in local fashion and home design. There are gems like these hidden across the city, however; if you’re curious about Polish design, we've identified the best places to connect with it below.