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Accomplishment of an interior designer through textiles—Interview with Agnieszka Owsiany

We often witness artists who find accomplishment in a different field than what they originally studied. Polish interior designer Agnieszka Oswiany chose textiles. Agnieszka’s sensitivity is reflected in all her interior design projects, but besides these complex projects that require teamwork, she has also dabbled in textiles, allowing her inner artist to flourish through craftwork. We discussed her textile works and favorite personal objects, as well. Interview.

Agnieszka Oswiany founded her own studio in 2018 and her characteristic style soon came to life. Her interiors, which are simple at first glance, but full of excitement in detail, have already been featured on the columns of Hype&Hyper. 

We wrote about the Nadzieja restaurant here, which is another of Agnieszka’s stunningly atmospheric creations.

As an interior designer, how did you develop a more serious interest in textiles? Have you studied this field before?

I studied architecture and urbanism in art school, which was more interdisciplinary than the technical university classes. Since then, I have remained open to more directions. When I was working in architecture for years, I felt I needed to do something that didn’t require a PC, a whole team and months of conceptual work to get a visible result.

“With my textiles, I’m the only one that’s involved in this process and that’s so satisfying, I can immediately see the results of my work. Not to mention, it’s a great form of meditation.”

What elements define your style as an interior designer and an artist?

I’d say a soft-toned color palette created with pure, natural materials such as different kinds of wood, stone or fabric. If possible, I rather use unprocessed materials like wool yarn, which I use to create my tapestries.

“I feel deeply connected to nature, therefore I want both my interiors and pieces to reflect that. My tapestries are soft, quite literally, as usually they’re made of wool, but my artistic “language” is also made up of rounded shapes and curved lines.”

Can you tell us about the technical background of your framed textile works?

I spent long months developing my skills and using the right materials, while learning the technique myself. I am happy that I was able to source all the yarn and fabrics from Polish manufacturers, but I am still searching. This will certainly be the subject of my next residency.

Do you have a favorite object or artwork in your home?

It’s hard to choose one as I’m very attached to almost every piece I own—there are not so many and most of them are vintage, so each one is precious to me. Besides, every time I travel, I bring pieces like textiles and ceramics back home. My favorites are the terracotta glasses I brought back from Mexico, Børge Mogensen’s Asserbo dining chairs and a mid-century modern wardrobe my boyfriend carried all day while we were cycling in Berlin.

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