marta adamczak creates cosmic armchairs from classic polish designs



marta adamczak, owner of kosmiko studio furniture remodeling workshop, gives classic polish furniture design a second life with her new vintage collection of refurbished armchairs. the work redefines and modernizes examples of communist-era design from Poland, showing the transformation of armchairs, which underwent carpentry and upholstery renovation.

the armchairs retain their function, but thanks to the application of various finishing techniques, they take on a different character. adamczak treats each renovation as a process of writing the history of the found object, and the piece of furniture itself as the basis for turning away from repetition, an expression of individuality.

new vintage collection

images by dawid majewski


the presented collection consists of polish armchairs arranged in pairs of twin models. the iconic type 300-190 armchair designed by h. lis, called lisek, the b-8502 type armchair produced at radomsko, the bolek cubic armchair from the 1980s or an unidentified model referring to the 300-177 armchair. their association aims to show the contrast between the transformation of furniture in different styles.

on the one hand, in the contrasting pairs we find a return to the international style – exhibiting the nobility of the wooden material in combination with the matching braided fabric, maintained in subdued colors, illustrating the preservation of the aesthetics of a form simple. on the other hand, the transformation of the armchair results from the need to give it an individual expression. the applied colors and contrasting combinations are a reference to memphis style, op-art or abstract art.

the armchairs presented are a combination of modernity with respect for history and craftsmanship. they encourage the search for creative solutions so that the restored furniture meets the contemporary needs of individuals.

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cosmic dancer and fantastic travel armchairs

kosmiko studio is a furniture renovation workshop that revolves around armchairs. it was created by marta adamczak, a trained humanist, who transformed her interest in art and pop culture into manual work with the material. she learned the trade in a small furniture restoration workshop, then in a Polish-German factory under the watchful eye of a master upholsterer.

she thinks it’s the skillful selection of new fabrics, the way of stitching and shaping the shape of the upholstery that determines whether an old armchair can be transformed into a contemporary piece of furniture. when asked if it’s worth updating old furniture, she always says yes. adamczak is a strong advocate of restoring, redesigning and reusing everything that has already been produced so as not to contribute to the overproduction of new furniture.

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armchairs oddities and small wonders of space

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space oddity detail

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lady stardust and spaceboy armchairs

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lady’s stardust detail


dizzy and ziggy

dizzy and ziggy



cosmic dancer

cosmic dancer

project info:

Name: new vintage collection
design: marta adamczak / studio kosmiko

photography: dawid majewski

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edited by: lynne myers | design boom

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