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Maria Jeglińska founded the Office for Design & Research and is one of the youngest, most promising Polish designers. Her work is characterised by simplicity, and contains large variations in function and componentry.
Jeglińska graduated from the prestigious ECAL in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 2007. She gained experience under the guidance of world-famous designers: Ronan Bouroullec in Lausanne, Konstantin Grcic in Munich and Alexander Taylor in London.
Her first attempts at her own designs were immediately very well received. Wallpaper magazine in January 2008 ranked her as among the world's most promising young talents.
Jeglińska has participated in international exhibitions and design fairs including the Salone del Mobile in Milan, the London Design Festival and the Biennale of Design in St. Etienne. Her product designs are being produced by companies such as Ligne Roset, Cinna and DesignMarketo.
She is also active in conceptual and research work, cooperating with the W.I.R.E. think tank in Zurich and the Eastern European Study Think Tank, which she co-founded in 2010), and above all through the Office for Design & Research. The latter began in London then opened a branch in Warsaw in 2012.
Jeglińska's work includes various types of design, from small items for everyday use to furniture and interior design. Her objects and spaces can be freely modified and altered for use in a variety of ways. She told the website Futu.pl that:
I'm interested in how items are used, what the space is around them, who the user is, and what the quality of this item already in use will be. […] For example, vases have two functions, holding water and displaying flowers. My vases in The Grid from 2007 separate these two functions into two objects. A small aluminium saucer, which contains water, and a free-standing structure, which holds a flower.