The Slovak Institute in Warsaw invites you to the opening of the exhibition of Patrik Illo and Alexandra Stencel on 21 July 2023 from 17:30.



  • Opening: July 21, 2023, 17:30

  • Exhibition duration: July 21, 2023 - August 31, 2023


About the exhibition

The creative life of a good designer is like an endless roller coaster ride. He must be constantly creative, hardworking, empathetic, communicative and ready for anything. His necessary character trait is healthy self-confidence, but not ego. What is important is a view of the world today and the past, the ability to be inspired, to process intellectually and emotionally, to revive and vary what is seen, but at the same time to resist the temptations of imitation (including oneself). Unlike free art, the designer does not create artifacts, but practical objects that must not lose functionality. The designer is therefore the originator of everyday small joys, which are the best medicine for when we feel that the world is spinning too fast and we start to lose our footing. Good design is like caressing the soul, while bad design is like scratching against the fur.

Aleksandra Stencel and Patrik Illo alone and together belong to the top of Central European designers. They cooperate with smaller and larger glass companies in Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic, together they create under their own brand ILLOLA. Although each of them has its own distinctive signature, they are united by rational poetics, an emphasis on the elegance of form and imaginative details. However, he is also not afraid of exaggeration, wit and contextual contrast, while always managing to avoid both intellectual posturing and literalism.

Aleksandra Stencel and Patrik Illo belong to those designers who managed to not only find, but also keep, their place in the sun in the strong Central European competition. There is an interest in their services, a number of designs are successfully sold all over the world. They repeatedly prove that it is possible to come up with a creative idea that can be not only aesthetically remarkable, but also functional and commercially successful. Their unassuming design is democratic in the true sense of the word, it is affordable, yet it stands out not only in an ordinary apartment, but also in a luxurious interior, it does not look out of place anywhere. And this is a foreign currency that is really not seen in the current glass design.


PhDr. Petr Nový

Chief curator of the Museum of Glass and Jewelery in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic


CERSTWE Illo Stencel - invitation