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Unusual applied arts and the one of its kind Laveo sink


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Can a sink be a work of art? Will it become a kitchen decoration while not losing its original utilitarian function? Maria Kubiak, the author of the Komodo sink, and an artist from Łódź- Anna Modrzejewska attempted to answer this question.

Komodo, whose premiere took place at this year’s Warsaw Home trade show, is the latest of the Laveo sinks. It will expand the brand’s portfolio already in the 4th quarter of 2019. This unique model with an apron front is a new granite product coming from the production line belonging to the brand. In her assumption, Maria Kubiak wanted to break the stereotype of the perception of sinks with the apron front, until now closed in kitchens arranged in Provence or retro styles. The very introduction of colors other than white to this collection allows creating a kitchenette, e.g., in a loft character.

The premiere of the sink was a great opportunity for the product to shine at the largest interior design trade show in Poland. In her concept, the author of the model wanted to balance the functionality of the product and create, especially for women, an unusual kitchen decoration. Hence the invitation for Anna Modrzejewska to participate in the project. In collaboration with Maria Kubiak, the author of the Komodo sink décor, using the decoupage technique, created for the premiere of novelties a unique granite decoration. It’s an inimitable realization, which is a metaphor for the unlimited production possibilities of the granite products factory and the aesthetic solutions proposed by the artist. The Laveo product created in cooperation with Anna Modrzejewska can easily be called applied arts.

That’s what the artist says about the project:
"It was the first time when I encountered granite as a medium for artistic activities. It was a real challenge not only because of the material itself but also because of the form of the finished product. It was thanks to the experience of using paper and obtaining various effects in earlier works that we managed to develop concepts showing the symbiosis of two extremely different materials- granite and paper, resulting in breaking the visual form of the finished product and the secondary integration through the composition with decoration."

Anna Modrzejewska

  • an artist, designer, and trainer of creative workshops and artistic activities.
  • A graduate of The Higher School of Art and Design in the field of applied arts and the University of Łódź in the field of history of art.
  • For many years she worked at Municipal Art Gallery in Łódź. A curator of many exhibitions and cultural projects.
  • Permanently associated with ITD Collection, a Polish company which for 20 years has been publishing collections of decoupage papers, scrapbooking and templates.

As a medium for her creative activities, she mainly uses paper, dyes, and wax.

* Definition of Decoupage in Wikipedia:

Decoupage (French: découpage) – a decorative technique consisting in sticking onto a properly crafted surface (e.g. wood, metal, glass, fabric, plastic, ceramics) a pattern cut out of paper or a paper napkin (a napkin technique)[1].
The classic decoupage involves sticking a paper cutout and covering it with many layers of varnish so that it blends in completely and is not felt when touched. It is intended to look as if it was painted.
The word decoupage comes from the French verb ‘decouper’ – to cut out.

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