Two weeks in a life of a collector
Watching and examining the megatrends that surround us are parts of my everyday routine. Then I forecast stylist trends of newly created products – as precise as possible. That’s my job and I like that. Very much. I can see forthcoming changes and bear in mind their impact on our lives. In this context I know that contact with a real person becomes a good not only searched for, but also more and more exclusive. Such times. And I think there’s no point in whining – we just have to appreciate and celebrate those rare moments. That’s it.
Meeting No. 1 – Lublin. Master Class workshop in Warsztaty Kultury
My first meeting with alive, smiling, willing and hungry for knowledge people took place in Lublin. The Old Town was fantastic, the location was dreamy and the conductor was willing and talkative … Instead of 2,5 hours I stayed there for 4,5 … yes, I was exhausted. But it was brilliant and interesting. My benefit for sure, I just hope the participants’ as well J
The workshop was exact: how to describe, measure (it was not that easy!), how not to photograph and how to catalogue. And above all – the main task – creating a plan for your own collection. Yes, the difference between collecting and having a collection is very specific and it is worth writing it down! The participants came from around Lublin and … Warsaw. Lawyer, financiers, sociologists, culture animators, pedagogues and busy mothers … amazing mix. Oh yes, a dream team!
After the workshop there was an author meeting. The venue was bursting in the seams. Readers sat on the stairs and wherever it was possible to sit. Conversations were great. About objects, passions, people and, finally, the pleasure of being together in a group of people who feel like hunting, searching and surrounding themselves by rarities found in most unexpected places. My accumulator was charged with energy for months. I feel like doing again. Much! Many thanks to my readers and workshop participants: for their time, enthusiasm and desires. Remember – have your eyes in the back of your heads and may the ROI algorithm be with you
Here’s more. Fot. Marcin Butryn
Meeting No. 2 – Warsaw. Auction of Design Classics during Targi Rzeczy Ładnych.
A fine frenzy. My debut in the role of an auctioneer (some say a great stand up 😛 ). Design Classics chosen from the offer of co-organizers, Patyna vintage showroom. I’d buy a half myself but I couldn’t as I was there to sell – and I was soaked up!! Beautiful mahogany table with black frame and black glass warmed the auction up. The auction lollies raced up and I tried to count in memory (well, I did have a little trouble with that …). It was bought by a smart woman who did not let the man of the hook – and it must be said, the man was determined. The auction had two purposes: apart from the obvious selling and donating some of the gain to an animal shelter there was another one – drawing public’s attention to the fact that objects from ages past are not only fashionable decorations but also important collectible items that would never again be created in such forms as those factories and often designers are no longer with us. It is worth protecting those objects, cherish them and enjoy their beauty. Their prices in Poland are still very low and the participants came to the auction not to buy something as a bargain but to show that our design is important for them – the same as other interesting goods that we spend great money on everyday! We work hard, earn and can spend the money in different ways – one of them is bidding the classics of Polish design. I am very happy because that’s what’s it all is about – understanding what surrounds us and arming our eyes so that we not only watch but also see and assess the value – both material and artistic! And that seems to be working better and better. I am happy to have contributed to that.
More about the auction here.Fot. bbo
Meeting No. 3 – Cracow. Author’s meeting during the „Book and rose” Festival.
I was seduced by Cracow. A balm to my heart. But one after another: first the organizers and the building. Beautiful contemporary architecture by Ingarden studio. Modern, bold and beautiful – the building accommodates the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre and the Arteteka, an department of Voivodship Public Library. The organising ladies were skilful, professional and very nice. And with that came a complete surprise: the Marshal of the Lesser Poland Voivodship decided to present all his councillors with my book! Do you know what that means? 60 people that make decisions in our behalf will have the chance to read a book about design in Poland! Well, that’s something.
The meeting in the library gathered all interested: collectors, FB activists, design students (and their moms J ), media, architects and enthusiasts of vintage design. We have managed some very interesting conversations, questions and other affairs during the meeting and just after. Many people asked for the opportunity to participate in my workshop … and here the good news – a sponsor was found and such workshop will take place for sure. This year.
You can see a recording of the meeting because it was emitted and there was the possibility to participate remotely. And I came back home with … a bouquet of 15 roses – oh yes, just like an opera diva
More on FB. Fot. bbo
I’ve travelled around Poland in two weeks only to … go out for two days just after and conduct a workshop on trends or what will be in the future. And you know what? If one understands what happened before it is much easier to prepare for what will come soon. Perspective – that’s what a collector grasps if they know how to see, interpret and value. And then it is easier – the collector doesn’t have to turn their nose up and get offended – they simply watch the colourful and interesting world.
I am going to hide in Warmia now, because you know – such pace is a little too much for a lady aged 5.0 (even if her accumulators are charged by such enthusiasts as YOU ARE).