Style Icons: Male »Franciszek Starowieyski

Polish Artist

I don’t know what it is about Polish poster designers, but their work is fantastic (see Moma exhibit and this site).

Franciszek Starowieyski stands out among them as a unique talent. His work is both creepy and beautiful.

I happened across the image to the left and knew I had to find out more about him.

While there’s not much to be found about him personally, the image galleries abound and will make you swoon with delight.

A perfect way to spend some time to get in the Halloween spirit!

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Posted on October 27, 2011

Web Sites »The Art of Poster

Why do I mention it now?

Because after that tiny show at the MoMA, you might be jonesing for more spectacular Polish poster design.

Here's what I said on 5/1/06:

This is a phenomenal website for design inspiration. The Polish certainly know a thing or two about composition and imagery.

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Posted on June 15, 2009

Spend a Couple Minutes »Polish Posters at the MoMA

polish posters at the MoMANestled in the corner of the design areas on the third floor of the MoMA, The Polish Posters (1945 to 1989) exhibit is not an expansive one, but as a huge fan, I think it's definitely worth a visit. If I had my way (and tons of money), my living room would look just like this exhibit. See a collection of photos here.

From MoMA:

In the Cold War era the vitality of the Polish Poster School attracted international attention and admiration. Although state controlled, the posters—which are characterized by sophisticated imagery and surreal tendencies—often carried powerful, oblique commentaries on the designers' political surroundings. This exhibition presents a selection of posters from MoMA's collection that typify the striking look and bold spirit of Polish poster design from the 1940s through the 1980s.

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Posted on May 18, 2009

Desserts »La Stella Communion Chocolate Assortment

polish communion chocolateOne of the joys of living in Greenpoint is that you can pass by a shop and see this pastel and flower surrounded little angel (who will, no doubt be blaring club music and revving his engine in a few years time) staring back at you enticing you to buy chocolates for… communion? (having no ability to read Polish nor much knowledge about Catholicism, that's just a guess).

It's really just a shell hiding a normal box of “La Stella” chocolates, but I have to say, in a world of increasingly more elaborate and expensive options, a six dollar box that holds a nicely bitter pistachio creme candy is a welcome treat.

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Posted on May 4, 2009