Hello! Get to know a bit more about me...
I'm Wiktoria Kijowska, a design historian and a designer!
I have recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in BA (Hons) Furniture and Product Design. Currently, I am studying for a masters degree in History of Design at the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum.
The predominant focus in all my work is the history of design and antiques. I take a bold and fresh approach to spreading their importance with others, especially younger generations. I think these topics are a very overlooked aspect of a design process and so my work is heavily based on exploring design histories and how they could be transformed and used in a contemporary way. I create educational products and content to highlight forgotten histories and show how they are relevant and important in modern life.
My ultimate goal is to make design history more accessible to non-academic audiences and relevant to contemporary design.
My academic research centers on 20th-century furniture and Polish design history, in particular the time of the Polish People's Republic. My previous essays included discussions about the changing use and meaning of folk arts and crafts in Polish design from the late 19th century until the present day as well as using Émile-Jacques Ruhlamann's dressing table as a window into the role of imported exotic materials in French furniture production during the interwar period.
My determination and hard work have resulted in being accepted for an MA to the Royal College of Art/ Victoria & Albert Museum. Furthermore, my work has been published on The Urban Vintage Affair's website, Terra Movement's website and Dezeen.
I was also invited by No Jobs In The Arts to take part in the 'Re-making: What support is needed for early career makers?' digital discussion in September 2021. There I've talked about the influence that traditional designs have had on my work.
If you like any of my work and are interested in working with me, then feel free to contact me!