Personal Scale: Contemporary design exhibition

17 June - 5 August 2021


Marija Puipaitė & Vytautas Gečas


Agnė Kučerenkaitė (LT), Charlotte Jonckheer (BE), Corradino Garofalo (IT), Destroyers and Builders (BE), Joan Vellvé Rafecas (SP), Kiki & Joost (NL), Kotryna Butautytė (LT), Kodai Iwamoto (JP), Lennart Lauren (NL), Martynas Kazimierėnas (LT), Messgewand (NL/FR), Olivier van Herpt & Sander Wassink (NL), Oskar Zięta (PL), Pepe Heykoop (NL), Pierre Castignola (FR), Plasticiet (NL), Sarmite Polakova (LV), Sho Ota (JP).


In recent years, the gallery's active work in the field of contemporary design has become important and visible not only in Lithuania, but also on the international design scene. Therefore, in cooperation with Lithuanian and foreign designers, curators and institutions, we will continue the cycle of exhibitions on contemporary design that we started in 2019.


The second exhibition of the cycle, Personal Scale, features design projects by up to twenty individual and collaborative authors from different countries. A wide range of design perspectives and practices demonstrates the possibility of discussing sustainability differently, without objective truths or rules. The exhibition blurs the line between whether an object is handmade or industrially produced, regardless of whether it is made of new or recycled material, whether it is natural or synthetic, unique or intentionally mass-produced. Sustainability unfolds here not only in the material or in the way it is made, but also in the possession of a personal relationship that allows us to get to know the objects around us better and to question the established relationship with them.


Patron: Renata and Rolandas Valiūnas

Exhibition supported by: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Vilnius city municipality, French Institute in Lithuania, Embassy of the NetherlandsPolish Institute in Vilnius, JCDecaux

Media partners: LRT, Delfi

Gallery supported by: “Plieno Spektras”, PI “Meno Fondas”, Vilma Dagilienė, Romas Kinka, “Lietuvos Rytas”, Ekskomisarų Biuras

Graphic design: Taktika Studio

Communication: Pepper Agency

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Personal Scale

Contemporary design exhibition


In the exhibition “Personal Scale”, the concept of sustainability is examined from the author’s personal design perspective. The scope of industrial design is reduced to individual practice, which allows quick and unrestricted experiments in response to the current requirements the designer’s work, an established relationship with objects and materials.


Industry is enshrining certain trends. They are becoming a matter of course and can hinder an objective and individual view of sustainability issues. Both recycled and natural material can work in one context and contradict itself in another. The author's design provides an opportunity to know and understand things better, by delving into production processes and seeing oneself in the reflections of material culture.


The practices that have been presented function as reflections of specific or barely perceptible problems, indirect references that question various sustainability solutions and hopefully encouraging the emergence of an individual critical position. Conceptuality, which is the intellectual component of the value of an object, makes an object long-lasting and self-valuable, and therefore more sustainable.


In the exhibition, the scale of the problem field is reduced from the industrial to the personal level, from speaking globally to an individual message. A wide range of design perspectives and practices reveal the opportunity to discuss sustainability from a variety of angles, to distance oneself from any objective truths or rules. And it doesn’t matter at all whether the object is handmade or industrially produced, newly made or recycled, natural or synthetic, unique or cleverly mass-produced. Sustainability lies not only in the material or production process, but also in the personal relationship with the object.


Participants of the exhibition: Oskar Zieta (PL), Pepe Heykoop (NL), Kiki and Joost (NL), Sander Wassink (NL) and Olivier van Herpt (NL), Lennart Lauren (NL), Plasticiet (NL), Corradino Garofalo (IT), Joan Vellvé Rafecas (SP), Destroyers and Builders (BE), Agnė Kučerenkaitė (LT), Pierre Castignola (FR), Sarmite Polakova (LV), Charlotte Jonckheer (BE), Sho Ota (JP), Messgewand (FR), Kodai Iwamoto (JP), Martynas Kazimierėnas (LT), and Kotryna Butautytė (LT).


Curators of the exhibition: Vytautas Gečas and Marija Puipaitė