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(established 1926)

Lad brought together artists and designers from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Many members of its organizing committee were associated with the Cracow School (see Cracow Workshops). Supported by the Polish State and financed by the National Economic Bank, its members were involved in many areas of design including interiors, furniture, textiles, kilims, carpets, pottery, and metalwork. There was a major showing of its work at the 1929 Poznań Universal National Exhibition where the group was responsible for the design of ten rooms. Its aesthetic roots were firmly grounded in folk art traditions and its characteristic modernizing vernacular style was seen as highly appropriate for an exhibition that celebrated ten years of Polish independence. Although embracing new technologies and a commitment to a modern lifestyle their work was in clear opposition to the austere functionalism of the Praesens group (also founded in 1926) that, in part due to the internationalizing Modernist vocabulary that it embraced, rarely enjoyed official state support. Conversely, Lad was commissioned to design the interiors of a number of Polish embassies including those in London, Paris, and Berlin. However, as the 1930s unfolded, the group attracted increasing criticism as bourgeois and backward‐looking.

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.


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