Meet the Maker: UAU Project


Hi Justyna,  tell us about your discipline and where you are based?

We are Justyna Fałdzińska and Miłosz Dąbrowski from UAU Project studio. We mainly design objects to be 3D printed. We are based in Warsaw, Poland.


What's your pelican story – what inspired you to start out in design?

We were both studying Industrial Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and we knew then that designing objects/furniture was something we wanted to pursue.


As makers / designers, do you have any questions you ask yourself before making a new piece or launching a new line?

We carefully think about the next pieces. We are very focused on the details, textures, colours and shapes. This is something unique to our designs and we pay much attention to it. 

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Which direction do you see yourselves going in the future?

We hope to 3D print more and start making some bigger objects. We want to be as sustainable as possible. We design objects in a way that ensures we have almost no waste. We don't have many failed prints, but when they happen we collect them to be recycled in a new filament. So our next step would be to make our own shredder and filament extruder. 

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What are the ingredients for great design and what's really exciting you at the moment in design

We think you have to love what you do and never compromise.

Who inspires you creatively outside of homewares and design?

We get a lot of inspiration from nature, great painters (such as Ellsworth Kelly or Hilma Af Kint) and great designers like Gae Aulenti, Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottssas. 


If you weren't makers / designers, what would you be doing?

This is tough question! Maybe we’d be professional tennis players? (laughs)


Favourite cities, places or people for inspiration?

We usually get most of our inspiration whilst hiking in beautiful places. We love to explore national parks of the countries we visit. 


Can’t live without… Should live without…

We can’t live without good books and great friends :) And we could give up tons of things we don’t need – especially gadgets. 

Any final thoughts on trends you are predicting will be coming through for 19/20, or any colours, patterns or materials (I guess here it’s more about the types of 3D processes or plastics being used) standing out for you right now)?

We think the main trends for 19/20 will be more organic forms in contrast to simple geometric figures. It will be more colourful with simple design. We envisage people will be more interested in local design and sustainability. 

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