Based in: Kraków
Witold Szostak, inspired by his father who was an architect, studied architecture at Cracow University of Technology, however his huge passion for creating objects and a close work with various materials led him to become a designer and a craftsman.
Witold’s creative narrative behind each creation is a subject of immense interest and intrigue. His proficiency to work with different materials like stainless steel, aluminum, different types of wood as well as ceramic, glass fiber, leather and concrete is distinctly visible in his designs and offers him a broader perspective to create unique handcrafted items that are very artisanal and functional.
What Witold finds most fascinating about craftsmanship and what you can definitely observe in his works might be explained by his favourite quotation by J. Archer:
“If you ever come across a piece of pottery that is perfect, you can be confident that it was produced by a machine. With pottery, you must seek near perfection. If you look carefully enough, you will always find some slight blemish that serves to remind us that the piece was crafted by a human hand. The longer you have to search, the greater the craftsman, for it was only Giotto who was able to draw the perfect circle.”
Near perfection is perfection itself when it comes to handmade items, claims Witold.
One of the most remarkable Szostak's pieces is the Finish Collection which was created for the studio reopening. The collection includes an armchair Roadster with a free-standing footstool and a fan JazzFan. All the pieces are entirely handcrafted and made of premium materials - wenge wood, stainless steel, vegetable tanned leather and dacron, with stunning attention to detail.
Link to the movie presenting collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJFN95SvlHo
In parallel to one-of-a-kind objects Szostak Atelier is currently working on small batch production products made in cooperation with manufacturers across Poland.
Cracow University of Technology (Architecture)
Good Design Award by Polish Design Institute